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|Single by Bee Gees|
|from the album Horizontal|
|B-side||"Barker Of The UFO"|
|Format||45rpm vinyl record|
|Recorded||9, 17 August 1967
IBC Studios, Portland Place, London
|Genre||Pop, Folk Rock|
|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|
"Massachusetts" is a song written, recorded, and released by English group, The Bee Gees 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.
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.
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.
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.
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), 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.
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