May 17, 2011
Before the Bee Gees became superstars during the mid-1970’s disco era, they released a number of gentle pop hits, 1967-1973. Hits such as “Words,” “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You,” and “To Love Somebody” all charted high in The United States.
The Bee Gees released eight singles during 1967 and 1968 and only one did not reach the American top 20. The only release not to become a big hit was “Jumbo,” which stalled at number 57.
I have always liked the song, even though it was an odd release and was very different from the rest of their material at the time. It was not a ballad nor a rocker. It did not have a memorable melody either. Still, I found it had an odd appeal.
“Jumbo” remains a lost track in the vast Bee Gees catalogue.
July 8, 2010
The Bees Gees were at low ebb during early 1970’s. Their early career hits had run out and they had not gained their massive popularity from SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and the advent of the disco era.
They released the album CUCUMBER CASTLE, but Robin Gibb was nowhere to be found. Barry and Maurice carried on alone but the album quickly disappearred from the charts.
It did contain one brilliant track which was released as a single in The United States. It only made it to number 94 on the American charts during March of 1970. I looked everywhere for this record but no luck until several decades later when I managed to find an old radio station copy.
I did acquire a copy from Portugal with a sleeve which is pictured above. Alls well that ends well.