|First posted 10/24/2020; last updated 3/11/2021.|
Writer(s): Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb (see lyrics here)
First Charted: April 15, 1978
Peak: 17 US, 16 CB, 18 HR, 14 RR, 8 AC, 11 RB, 42 UK, 13 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales (in millions): 2.5 US, -- UK, 2.5 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 12.4 video, -- streaming
Awards: (Click on award for more details).
About the Song:
The Gibb brothers (Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Andy) dominated the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. Their run began when the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love,” the first single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, ascended to #1 on December 24, 1977. “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever” followed in early 1978. Their runs at the pinnacle were only separated by younger brother Andy’s two-week stint with “Love Is Thicker Than Water.” In May, Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You,” another song penned by the Bee Gees and featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, went to #1.
Five weeks after that, Andy Gibb was back on top with “Shadow Dancing,” the lead single from his sophomore album of the same name. Its seven weeks on top meant the Gibb brothers spent 25 weeks at #1 from December 24, 1977 to July 29, 1978 as performers and/or writers. Barry Gibb notched another week on top as the songwriter for “Grease” before year’s end, making him personally responsible for half of the year’s #1 songs.
“Shadow Dancing” was written by all four Gibbs while Andy’s older brothers were working on the movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was time to start getting tracks together for Andy’s second solo album. He recalled the four of them relaxing one night and they started singing the chorus, sketching out the song in about ten minutes. WK
This was Andy’s third chart-topper, making him the first solo artist in the U.S. pop chart history to have his first three releases hit #1. WK “Shadow Dancing” was also named the biggest song of the year by Billboard magazine. The song also marked the first time all four brothers performed live in concert together when the Bee Gees joined Andy on stage in July in Miami to sing the song. WK
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