How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

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"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Trafalgar
B-side"Country Woman"
ReleasedJune 1971
Format7", 45 rpm
Recorded28 January 1971
IBC Studios, London
GenreSoft rock
Length3:57
LabelPolydor
Atco (United States, Canada)
Writer(s)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s)Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Lonely Days"
(1970)
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
(1971)
"Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself"
(1971)
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"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Trafalgar
B-side"Country Woman"
ReleasedJune 1971
Format7", 45 rpm
Recorded28 January 1971
IBC Studios, London
GenreSoft rock
Length3:57
LabelPolydor
Atco (United States, Canada)
Writer(s)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s)Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Lonely Days"
(1970)
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
(1971)
"Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself"
(1971)
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"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
Song by Al Green from the album Let's Stay Together
Released1972
GenreR&B, soul
Length6:22
LabelHi
ProducerWillie Mitchell
Let's Stay Together track listing
"I've Never Found a Girl (Who Loves Me Like You Do)"
(6)
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
(7)
"Judy"
(8)
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
Song by Al Green featuring Joss Stone from the album Sex and the City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released27 May 2008
GenreR&B, soul
Length7:00
LabelNew Line
ProducerSalaam Remi
Sex and the City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack track listing
"Kissing" by Bliss
(11)
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
(12)
"Walk This Way" by Run-D.M.C. featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
(13)

"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" is a song released by the Bee Gees in 1971. It was written mainly by Barry and Robin Gibb. It was the lead and first single on the group's 1971 LP Trafalgar.

Writing and recording[edit]

Barry and Robin Gibb wrote the song in August 1970 with "Lonely Days" when the Gibb brothers had reconvened following a period of break-up and alienation. They originally offered the song to Andy Williams, but ended up recording it themselves. Maurice Gibb possibly had a hand in the writing of "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" although the song is officially credited to Barry and Robin Gibb. The 2009 release "Ultimate Bee Gees" officially credited Maurice for the first time as cowriter of the song, for both the "Ultimate" CD and DVD, and it was credited to the moniker Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.[1]

The song was recorded on 28 January 1971 in London same day as "We Lost the Road", "When Do I", "If I Were the Sky", "Bring Out the Thoughts in Me" and "Ellan Vannin". The instrumental track is: Barry Gibb (guitar), Maurice Gibb (guitar, piano, bass guitar), possibly Alan Kendall (guitar), and Geoff Bridgeford (drums), with strings and woodwinds arranged and conducted by Bill Shepherd.[1]

Reception[edit]

Although failing to chart on the UK Singles Chart, the song became the Bee Gees' first US number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and also reached number four on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In Spain, this single was released under the title "Cómo Puedes Arreglar Un Corazón Destrozada".[2]

The song was performed for the first time in 1971. That performance is notable for drummer Geoff Bridgford's first appearance with the band.[3] The song was performed as part of a medley in The Midnight Special in 1975. They performed the song in Japan on the Japanese TV special Love Sounds as well as the Mr. Natural tour in 1974. A live version recorded live in 17–18 Nov 1989 at the National Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Australia was used for the benefit album Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal. In 1997-1999, it was performed on the One Night Only tour as part of a medley though, the song was performed completely. The song was last performed by the Bee Gees with Maurice Gibb in 2001. The song is also in the American Hustle movie and on the movie soundtrack.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (1971)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1001
Canadian RPM Singles Chart1
Chile Singles Chart2
Australia ARIA Singles Chart3
New Zealand RIANZ Charts6
South Africa Singles Chart7
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Charts16
Belgium Singles Chart18
Italian FIMI Singles Chart24

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1971". Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ How Can You Mend a Broken Heart at Discogs
  3. ^ "Bee Gees - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Live 1971)". You Tube. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Al Green on Sex and the City". Demon Music Group. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2008. 

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Preceded by
"You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Bee Gees version)
7-28 August 1971
Succeeded by
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Preceded by
"Don't Pull Your Love" by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Canadian RPM number-one single (Bee Gees version)
28 August - 4 September 1971
Succeeded by
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" by Creedence Clearwater Revival