Shadow Dancing (song)

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"Shadow Dancing"
Single by Andy Gibb
from the album Shadow Dancing
B-side"Let It Be Me" (US/CA)
"Too Many Looks in Your Eyes" (EUR)
"Fool for a Night" (ITALY)
ReleasedApril 1978
Format7"
RecordedDecember 1977-February 1978
GenreDisco
Length4:34
LabelRSO Records
Writer(s)Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb
Producer(s)Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Andy Gibb singles chronology
"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"
(1977)
"Shadow Dancing"
(1978)
"An Everlasting Love"
(1978)
 
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"Shadow Dancing"
Single by Andy Gibb
from the album Shadow Dancing
B-side"Let It Be Me" (US/CA)
"Too Many Looks in Your Eyes" (EUR)
"Fool for a Night" (ITALY)
ReleasedApril 1978
Format7"
RecordedDecember 1977-February 1978
GenreDisco
Length4:34
LabelRSO Records
Writer(s)Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb
Producer(s)Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Andy Gibb singles chronology
"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"
(1977)
"Shadow Dancing"
(1978)
"An Everlasting Love"
(1978)

"Shadow Dancing" is a disco song performed by English singer Andy Gibb that reached number one for seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. The song was later sampled in the title track of Skrillex's 2010 debut EP, My Name Is Skrillex. Albhy Galuten (who also produced this song) arranged the song with Barry Gibb.

Song development[edit]

The song was written by Andy and his brothers (Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb) in Los Angeles, while the trio of brothers were working on the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[1] "And one night," Andy would recall, "while we were relaxing, we sat down and we had to start getting tracks together for the album" (also titled Shadow Dancing, which would eventually hit #7 on the U.S. album charts). "So we literally sat down and in ten minutes, we had a group going, (singing) the chorus part. As it says underneath the song, we all wrote it, the four of us."[2] While Andy Gibb would have three more Top 10 hits in the U.S., this would be his final chart-topping hit in America.

According to Billboard's Book Of Number One Hits, Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of the U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles hit the number-one spot. Additionally, "Shadow Dancing" was listed by Billboard as being the number one single of 1978. In addition the song peaked at number eleven on the soul chart[3] and sold 2.5 million copies in the United States alone.[4] Its two B-sides "Let It Be Me" appeared on US version and "Too Many Looks In Your Eyes" was from his previous album Flowing Rivers.

In July that year, Gibb performed "Shadow Dancing" at the Jai-Alai Fronton Studios in Miami, when Barry, Robin and Maurice unexpectedly joined him on stage, and sang this song with him. It was the first time that all four brothers performed together in concert.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

USA and Canada
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shadow Dancing"  Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb4:34
2."Let it Be Me"  Andy Gibb3:30
United Kingdom
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shadow Dancing"  Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb4:34
2."Too Many Looks in Your Eyes"  Andy Gibb, Albhy Galuten3:30
Italy
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shadow Dancing"  Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb4:34
2."Fool for a Night"  Andy Gibb3:20

Chart positions[edit]

ChartsPeak
position
UK Singles Chart42
United States Billboard Hot 1001
Australia ARIA Charts11
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Charts8
US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Charts11
New Zealand RIANZ Charts5
Canadian RPM Top 100 Singles1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibb Songs 1978
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred (October 2, 2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (Fifth ed.). Billboard Books. p. 485. ISBN 978-0823076772. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 229. 
  4. ^ Grein, Paul (August 26, 1978). "Billboard Vol. 90, No. 34". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing at Songfacts.com

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Preceded by
"You're the One That I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 17 — July 29, 1978
Succeeded by
"Miss You" by The Rolling Stones
Preceded by
"With a Little Luck" by Paul McCartney and Wings
Canadian RPM number-one single
17 June - 1 July 1978
Succeeded by
"It's a Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler