Bee Gees,”I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You”

This year marks a half-century since the Bee Gees infiltrated the American charts with a run of singles. While the band rose to rarefied heights in the disco era (and plummeted just as precipitously once the genre fell out of fashion), those 60’s singles still exemplify their rare combination of pop songwriting smarts and gilded harmonies better than any of the other music they released in their storied career. And “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” just might be the high-water mark of that period. Like so many of their songs from those early stages, “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” conjures a staggering amount of drama in a minimum amount of time. The theatricality of the story has a lot to do with it, but so do the refrains, when the voices of the three brothers Gibb (Barry, Robin and Maurice) come together and take the song skyward. As Barry Gibb remembered in the liner notes to the 2006 reissue of Idea, the 1968 album that contained the song, that vocal approach was the last-minute brainchild of producer Robert Stigwood. “Now that was a memorable night. The song we wrote together, all three of us. I think…

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