Jive Talkin’ – The Bee Gees

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………………..on January 30th of 1975  The Bee Gees begin recording “Jive Talkin”, which will become their second US chart topper and their fourteenth Billboard Top 20 hit. Barry Gibb’s inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, “It’s our drive talkin’.” This was called “Drive Talking” in its early stages, but producer Arif Mardin suggested the change to “Jive” to play to teenage sensibilities. “Jive Talkin'” is a term for slang. This was the first big disco hit for The Bee Gees. They became icons of the era, singing in falsetto harmonies over dance beats. They had seven more #1 hits in the disco era, but the band went out of style at the same time as white leisure suits. The group, which had considerable success before the disco era, took a lot of heat in the press. This criticism would weigh on them in later years as they felt that accusations of selling out and creating popular schlock were out of line. They would often point out that disco became homogenized in the years after they got to it, and that their sound was really an extension of R&B. This was a comeback song for the group. They were very successful as contemporary singers in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but the two albums they released before Main Course flopped, and it looked like their careers were over. This was an R&B track that did very well in the black charts in America. The Bee Gees were one of the first white groups to explore that territory. The song peaked at #5 in the UK.