I dedicate this post to my best friend Larry who we lost to Covid just over two years ago. The Bee Gees were one of his favourite groups and this was one of his favourite songs by them.
The first of May was a very significant date for Barry Gibb, who sings the lead vocal on this song. It was the date of Barnaby’s birthday – Barnaby was Barry’s Dog.
This song was released in 1969 around the same time Robin (briefly) left the group and it was probably this single that cemented his decision. The song featured on the album Odessa and there were two tracks slated as the first single to be released and they were Lamplight sung by Robin and first of May sung by Barry. The record company chose First of May and Robin left. Thankfully he returned after a couple of solo singles, the biggest being Saved By the Bell.
Let’s enjoy this masterpiece.