first of may

First of May (Bee Gees song)

For the first day in may, see May 1

"First of May" is a song recorded by the Bee Gees, released as a single from their 1969 double album Odessa. The flip side of a single was a Robin Gibb's composition "Lamplight". Robert Stigwood, the Bee Gees manager chose "First of May" for the A-side. No other singles were released from the Odessa album, as Robin already had left the group.

Barry Gibb says in Tales From The Brothers Gibb that the title of the song was inspired by the fact that his dog's birthday was on the 1st of May.

After its release, "First of May" enjoyed a resurgence for several times. In 1971, the song was featured in the soundtrack to Melody, a British motion picture about puppy love. In 1996, the song was used as a theme of the Japanese drama Wakaba no Koro. The song reissued on CD climbed the country's chart again and gained moderate commercial success, selling more than 100,000 copies.

Chart positions

Charts (1969) Peak
position
The Netherlands Singles Chart 2
Germany Media Control Singles Chart 3
Ireland Singles Chart 4
UK Singles Chart 6
Australia Kent Music Report 15
United States Billboard Hot 100 37
Japan Oricon Singles Chart 80

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 25

This song was also sung by Sarah Brightman.

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