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Boomer Duets Triplets: Bee Gees – Islands In The Stream

Yes, they wrote it. The Bee Gees wrote over one thousand songs. This one they wrote for Kenny Rogers but Kenny didn’t like singing it by himself. Then somebody said, “Hey, Dolly Parton’s somewhere around the studio. Let’s get her to sing along.”

And she did. And he did. And they did. And then Everybody sang along. You know it, my friends. Sing it. Sing it out. It will enhance your day in ways you cannot know yet, so sing it and go see what’s out there.  Sail away with me to another world and we rely on each other.   Ah ha.

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  • Gordon Scott October 20, 2021, 11:11 PM

    One might wonder, considering how many songs they wrote for themselves, if it required a mental shift to write a song intended for a single singer. But they were very successful in both songwriting roles.

    Barry, the last surviving Gibb brother, must get royalty checks with 20-page memos.

  • brinster October 21, 2021, 3:39 AM

    They did this song joyfully, and in turn gave the audience that same joy.

  • ghostsniper October 21, 2021, 4:51 AM

    Before he got all famous:

    I woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in
    I found my mind in a brown paper bag within
    I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
    I tore my mind on a jagged sky
    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

    I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
    I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in
    I got up so tight I couldn’t unwind
    I saw so much I broke my mind
    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

    Someone painted “April Fool” in big black letters on a “Dead End” sign
    I had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mind
    Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare
    Eight miles straight up downtown somewhere
    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

  • Jack October 21, 2021, 8:42 AM

    I like a few of the BG’s songs but that high falsetto thing they usually tossed into the mix made me think of Tiny Tim being slowly squashed under a large truck. Try to sing those phrases yourself and you’ll get the idea.

    I saw Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in college in 1969 and I kind of remember it but I do recall that everyone liked his signature song, Just Dropped In. Rogers grew up dirt poor but he possessed pretty good vocal chops and managed to get out, a complete success story with dozens of great singers and musicians and an amazing entertainment icon until sex raised its ugly head and he was picked off for setting up an 800 number so that he could call women for phone sex. Additional charges followed for his extended efforts to goad women into boinking him.

    I never understood that….a leading contender for manly-man crooning resorting to that kind of thing when he knew without a doubt that he had an endless list of willing women. Go fig….

    • Vanderleun October 21, 2021, 10:16 AM

      A real roue is never concerned about the willing women, he wants the unwilling women. Nothing to figure, that’s just how some men are made.

      • Gordon Scott October 21, 2021, 6:39 PM

        Good point.

  • Jeff Brokaw October 21, 2021, 8:45 AM

    The thing about great pop music is even though it’s pop music, it’s still great. Such heights are not often reached …

  • Jack Lawson October 21, 2021, 10:48 AM

    No version can top Rogers & Pardon’s rendition in the movie “Islands in the Stream.”

    • Vanderleun October 21, 2021, 4:09 PM

      Oh you mean this one?

      • Jack Lawson October 21, 2021, 7:27 PM

        Yes! That’s the one!
        Kenny was a little heavy then… but that’s the one.
        I cherish that song and album… it’s on the top of my collection pile.

        • Vanderleun October 21, 2021, 10:19 PM

          We’re here for you, Jack. We never close.

  • Blondi Utronki October 21, 2021, 11:19 AM

    The Bee Gees wrote “To Love Somebody ” for Otis Redding but he died before he could record it.

    • Mike Austin October 21, 2021, 2:17 PM

      I always had a soft spot for Andy Gibb, the youngest of the four brothers. Drugs did him in—or so it was said. True enough, years of cocaine had weakened his heart. But what destroyed it was his breakup with Victoria Principal. He died of a broken heart. Gibb was 30 years old.

  • Appreciative Reader October 21, 2021, 3:09 PM

    Come to find out that when they wrote the song, and before pitching it to Kenny Rogers, The Bee Gees intended an R&B vibe. They recorded it that way for their greatest hits album “The Record.”

    “Islands in the Stream”: https://youtu.be/zumqwkSq9YA

    Different! So good! Robin really shines.
    Notice the last verse with “ghetto superstar.” Years later a rapper, Pras Michel, parlayed that verse into a top 40 rap song “Ghetto Supastar (That Is Who You Are).”
    Check the song credits and you’ll see B, R, and M Gibb.
    The Bee Gees were so versatile. A great song is a great song!

  • Joe October 21, 2021, 3:46 PM

    Loved it. Thanks.

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