After their breakup and reunion, the Bee Gees wrote a song called “Lonely Days”, which reflected their struggles. Maurice Gibb recalled the time someone mistook the song for a Beatles track. He revealed how he reacted to the mistake.
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During an interview, of billboard Chuck Taylor said that the Bee Gees’ song “Lonely Days” was similar to a blues song. “Yeah, and it was written the day we got back together after our breakup, and ‘How’ [Can] You Mend a Broken Heart’ was written in the same session,” Barry Gibb recalled. “Robin came to talk to me about meeting again almost two years after the breakup.”
Gibb discussed the meaning of the above lyrics. “‘Lonely Days’ is really how we felt about being different,” he said. “‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’ is how we felt about getting back together. So, when we weren’t saying these things to each other, we were writing songs that were saying these things.” Maurice Gibb said that the band members’ wives liked “Lonely Days” and clapped along.
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Somebody thought ‘Lonely Days’ was a Beatles song
Maurice gave fans even more insight into the writing of “Lonely Days.” “It was just a matter of working on the ideas, and the piano in ‘Lonely Days’,” he recalled. “Two tracks were cut that evening in a studio on Wardour Street.”
The harmonies in “Lonely Days” recall the harmonies in later Beatles songs. Maurice said, “The best compliment I’ve ever heard about ‘Lonely Days’ was when a manager at a restaurant turned around and said, ‘You know, it was the best Beatles song ever. Maurice laughed at this mistake.
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How the world reacted to the Bee Gees’ ‘Lonely Days’
Regardless of which classic band performed “Lonely Days”, the song was a hit. reached number 3 on the track billboard hot 100, remaining on the chart for 14 weeks. Its original album, 2 years, was also a hit. It reached number 32 on billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 14 weeks. Billboard named “Lonely Days” the 11th most popular song of the Bee Gees’ career.
“Lonely Days” was a more modest hit in the United Kingdom. official chart company Reports that the song peaked at number 33 in the UK, remaining on the chart for nine weeks. 2 years Didn’t even chart in UK
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“Lonely Days” never quite reached the ubiquity of “Stayin’ Alive”; However, there is a bit of heritage in the song. In 2021, Barry released a new version of the song with country band Little Big Town. This rendition of the song is more upbeat and less Beatlesque.
“Lonely Days” wasn’t the Bee Gees’ biggest hit. Regardless, it inspired a compliment that made Maurice overjoyed.