New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees - Bee Gees 1st
Label: RSO - SPELP 56 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Pop •
It was written by Barry and Robin Gibb. Barring a moderately successful reissue of their Australian single New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees - Bee Gees 1st Spicks and Specks ," it was the first single release of the group's international career and their first song to hit the charts in both the UK and the US.
It was produced by Ossie Byrne with their manager Robert Stigwood as executive producer. The song was the first track of side two on the group's international debut album, Bee Gees' 1st. This was the first single with Australian drummer Colin Petersen as an official member of the band.
On 3 Januarythe Gibb brothers, with their parents and Byrne, traveled from Australia to England on the ship Fairskyreaching Southampton on 6 February. The brothers performed on board in exchange for passage. Later, the Gibb brothers auditioned for Stigwood; they passed, and they signed to Robert Stigwood Organisation on 24 February. Kramer and the Dakotas, but was first recorded by Jon Blanchfield in Australia.
Barry and Robin Gibb wrote the song while sitting on a darkened staircase at Polydor Records following a power cut. The echo of the passing lift inspired them to imagine that they were trapped in a mine. He is sharing a photo of his wife with a colleague "Mr. Jones" while they hopelessly wait to be rescued. According to Robin, there actually had also been a mining disaster in New York inbut not in In the second and third verses, the lyrical lines get slower and slower, as if to indicate that New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees - Bee Gees 1st is about to end for the miners.
On the second chorus, the drums get louder. On the second verse, when Robin sings the line "I keep straining my ears to hear a sound," a violin was featured in response on Robin's line. The song begins in the chord of A minor; as Maurice explained: "There's a lot of weird sounds on this song like the Jew's harp, the string quartet, and of course the special way that Barry plays that guitar chord.
Because of his tuning when he plays the minor at the beginning of the song which is different from a conventional A minor, it's a nice mixture when I play my conventional tuning together with Barry's tuning because his open D and mine are different. I got a guitar for my ninth birthday and the guy who lived across the road from us just came back from Hawaii and he was the one who taught me that tuning, that's how it started and I never changed.
Robin Gibb took both leading and backing vocals, singing the high harmony while Barry sang the low harmony on the first and second verse:. Maurice Gibb recalled in a June interview with Mojo magazine: "The opening chord doesn't sound like a conventional A minor.
Barry was using the open D tuning he'd been taught when he was nine, and I was playing it in conventional tuning. It gives an unusual blend. People went crazy trying to figure out why they couldn't copy it. The result was a very lonely sound. The song is unusual in that the lyrics do not contain the song's title, though the originally planned title, "Have You Seen My Wife, Mr.
Jones," does appear in the chorus. Atco distributed promos with a blank label and the suggestion that it was an English group whose name started with B. Many DJs New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees - Bee Gees 1st it was a new Beatles song and played the song heavily. Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison met Maurice Gibb at a party several years later, and told him that he had bought a Miracle (Original Club Mix) - Cascada - Miracle (Remixes) of "New York Mining Disaster " because he thought it sounded so much like The Beatles.
Maurice's response to Harrison was that the resemblance "was unintentional" and Harrison said, "I knew that, I admire your work. And that sold you, attracted attention to you.
It was good for us because everyone thought it was the Beatles under a different name. It established us in those early years.
It helped our following record which was nothing like the Beatles. The success of this song owes a lot more to the perseverance of Robert Stigwood than he has previously been given credit for. We weren't all totally convinced that Stigwood was picking the right song to plug, but at the end of the day, he was a forceful character.
All of these guys were They all argued their case with passion, you know, they lived it, they were like that," conceded Polydor 's Alan Bates. We've always written our own songs. I've been writing since I was ten, before Lennon and McCartney were even on stage.
People can say what they like. If they don't believe us, they Killer Wants To Go To College - Paul Simon - Songs From The Capeman ask The Beatles.
In fact it started a mystery [in the USA] about us, because they started playing [it] and saying, 'They're this new group from England that begins with a B and finished with an s' so they all said, 'Ah, it's The Beatles, not naming it, they're doing that trick again. I heard [the idea] came actually from Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler. To us it was an honour, to actually think we were as good as The Beatles.
On the video, the band only features four members but Vince Melouney later joined the bandNew York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees - Bee Gees 1st playing his guitar, Maurice playing his RickenbackerRobin Gibb on vocals and drummer Colin Petersen wears a hat.
Sincethe song has been part of every Bee Gees concert, eventually becoming part of their acoustic medley performed during the middle of the concert.
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