Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees
Song Title: Jive Talkin’
Artist: Bee Gees
Date of release: May 1975
Description: ” Jive Talkin’?” is by the Bee Gees, the famous group formed in 1958 by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. They are best known for their disco era music in the late 1970s.
The song was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb with production for the single by Arif Mardin. Arif was a Turkish-American music producer; he worked with many artists in many different styles of music. The eleven times Grammy Award-winning producer worked with artists including Queen, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Phil Collins, Norah Jones, Richard Marx and Culture Club.
The single was released in May 1975 by record label RSO Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the lead single from the Bee Gees thirteenth Album, Main Course. The Album was certified Gold by The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) with sales of 500,000 and 2× Platinum in Canada by Music Canada.
The original name for the song was ” Drive Talking “, the rhythm was modelled around the sound their tyres made crossing the Julia Tuttle Causeway on their way to Criteria Studios in Miami from Biscayne Bay. The ” chunka – chunka sound of their tyres crossing some railroad tracks prompted Barry’s wife Linda to comment “Hey, listen to that noise. It’s the same every evening. It’s our drive talking “. Barry then started to sing a song that later evolved into the group’s Number One US single ” Jive Talkin’?”.
It was Criteria Studios that the Bee Gees ( guided by Arif Mardin ) found their now familiar sound. They had lost their way previous Albums; Barry Gibb said in the Leaf biography ” When we got round to Main course, we finally got into a way of thinking that suited the three of us “.
However they had fallen out of fashion and radio stations refused to play their music, so they repeated a trick they had previously used for their first single ” New York Mining Disaster 1941 ” in 1967. They issued white label copies without identifying the artist; radio DJ’s had no idea who the artist was until they placed it on the turntable, the tactic worked again.
” Jive Talkin’?” was a commercial success for the Gibb brothers. In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number eighty-seven on the 31st of May, 1975. It took ten weeks to climb to Number One, where it spent two weeks at the top and seventeen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 28th of June 1975 and peaked at number five. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 5
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 14, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 24, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 24, Canada (CHUM) 1, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 27, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 23, Ireland (IRMA) 5, Italy (FIMI) 8, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 23, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 26, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4
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