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The Bee Gees – Nights On Broadway (1975)

Nights on Broadway was recorded over ten days for the 1975 album Main Course. This was the 13th Bee Gees album since they formed in 1958 from Barry Gibb’s The Rattlesnakes, and the first to feature former Mott The Hoople keyboardist Derek John “Blue” Weaver and the first to feature a disco influence.

Despite being first on the album, Broadway was released as a single only after Jive Talkin’ on track two.

On 2 February 2002, the three brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb appeared on Larry King to give an interview where Barry explained his use of falsetto on the track.

“It came to me in a dream. There was a request by Arif Martin, who was like an uncle to us, he was a great record producer during the song ‘Nights On Broadway,’ for the Main Course album, which is previous to the ‘Fever’ syndrome. And he said, ‘Can any of you scream… scream in falsetto.’ So, you know, give us an ad lib or a scream at the end. So from screaming, it turned into things like Blaming It All.”

The lyrics are fantastic and the track always sounds like driving fast with the top down. It’s pure nostalgia, not for the 70s, but for that first night you spend in a big city — and how odd for the lyrics to reflect a man who sounds too lonely and invisible to belong to the Bee Gees.

The song popped up again as a sample in DMX’s 1998 album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot on the track The Convoproduced by Dame Grease.

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