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Massachusetts (Bee Gees song)

Single by Bee Gees
from the album Horizontal
B-side "Barker Of The UFO"
Released September 1967
Format 45rpm vinyl record
Recorded 9, 17 August 1967
IBC Studios, Portland Place, London
Genre Pop, Folk Rock
Length 2:22
Label UK: Polydor, USA/CA: Atco
Writer(s) Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb
Producer Robert Stigwood and The Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
Music sample

"Massachusetts" is a song written, recorded, and released by English group, The Bee Gees[1] in 1967. Robin Gibb sang lead on this song and it would become one of his staple songs to perform during concerts. It later appeared on their 1968 album, Horizontal. It was their first Number 1 hit in Australia and the UK and eventually became one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over 5 million copies worldwide.[2]



When Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb wrote this song, it was originally intended to be recorded by The Seekers, but the band broke up in 1968 and did not record it. The Seekers finally recorded it after Maurice Gibb's death in 2003, as a tribute to him.[citation needed]

When the Bee Gees wrote the song, they had never been to Massachusetts.[1] The group simply loved the word. The song was written on a boat near the Statue of Liberty.[citation needed]

For Maurice Gibb, the song had a painful memory attached. Shortly after it was recorded, Beatles manager Brian Epstein told him that it was beautiful and would be the hit of the summer. These proved to be Epstein's last words to Maurice; Epstein died a few days later.[citation needed]

  Cover versions

The song has a minor claim to fame in the history of British radio. While many people know "Flowers in the Rain" by The Move was the first record played on BBC Radio 1, "Massachusetts" was the second.[3]

Former Yugoslav band Siluete covered the song, in 1967.

Ed Ames recorded a version of this song on his album Who Will Answer?, in 1968.

Also in 1968, Hong Kong female singer Betty Chung (鍾玲玲) covered this song in Mandarin Chinese with Chinese lyrics written by Wei Yin (魏因) and given the title name of 我祝福他, appearing on her LP album 野火 (Wild Flame),[4] and released by EMI Pathe Records.

Between 1972 and 1974, this song was covered by Singapore-based female singer Ervinna, backing music by The Charlie & His Boys, on her LP album Golden Hits Of 20th Century Vol. 6 with White Cloud Record of Singapore.

This single is the first number-one hit single by a non-Japanese artist on Japan's official hit chart, Oricon. Strangely, even though "Massachusetts" was a worldwide number one single, it only reached #11 in the United States where the state of Massachusetts is located.

  Chart performance

Chart Peak position
Australia 1
Austria 1
Belgium 1
Canada 1
Chile 1
China 2
France 4
Germany 1
Italy 5
Japan 1
Netherlands 1
New Zealand 1
Norway 1
South Africa 1
Sweden 1
United Kingdom 1
United States 11


  1. ^ a b Show 49 - The British are Coming! The British are Coming!: With an emphasis on Donovan, the Bee Gees and the Who. [Part 6] : UNT Digital Library
  2. ^ Billboard Vol. 85, No. 34. Nielsen Business Media. 1973-08-25. p. 18. http://books.google.com.pe/books?id=KAkEAAAAMBAJ&q=%22five+million+copies+of%22#v=snippet&q=%22five%20million%20copies%20of%22&f=false. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ source: BBC Radio 1 press office
  4. ^ http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t138/macaenese5354/Vinyl%20Album/BettyChung-WildFlame-.jpg
Preceded by
"The Last Waltz" by Engelbert Humperdinck
UK Singles Chart number one single
October 11, 1967 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Baby Now That I've Found You" by The Foundations


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