New York Mining Disaster 1941 45 by The Bee Gees

September 16, 2012

The Gibb Brothers were born in England but grew up in Australia where they formed their first band. They were originally a band as Robin, Barry, and Maurice Gibb were joined by guitarist Vince Melouney and drummer Colin Peterson. Melouney left the group in December of 1968 abd Peterson in August of 1969.

The Bee Gees returned to England in 1967 and signed with the Atco label in The United States. They immediately had chart success with the single “New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife Mr. Jones)/I Can’t See Nobody.” It first reached the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart May 27, 1967, and ultimately peaked at number 14.

This was one of my favorite pre-Saturday Night Fever singles by The Bee Gees. “New York Mining Disaster” was very different from most of their material as it told a story. “I Can’t See Nobody” was an early example of what would become traditional Bee Gees harmonies.

This was the firat of 41 singles The Bee Gees would place on the United States Singles Charts, including nine which reached number one.