Shadow Dancing

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"Shadow Dancing"
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Single by Andy Gibb
from the album Shadow Dancing (1978)
B-side {{ubl|"Let It Be Me" (US/CA)|"Too Many Looks in Your Eyes" (EUR)|"Fool for a Night" (Italy)}}
Released April 1978
Format 7"
Recorded December 1977-February 1978
Genre Disco
Length 4:34
Label RSO Records
Songwriter(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb; Andy Gibb
Producer(s) Gibb-Galuten-Richardson
Andy Gibb singles chronology
"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"
(1977)
"Shadow Dancing"
(1978)
"An Everlasting Love"
(1978)

"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"
(1977)
"Shadow Dancing"
(1978)
"An Everlasting Love"
(1978)
Peaked @ #1 on June 17, 1978


Andy Gibb was the younger brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb - The Bee Gees - but due to the age difference between Andy and his older brothers, and the fact that Andy didn't embrace Disco to quite the degree that they did, Andy seldom performed with the Bee Gees, although they did help him write many of his songs, including this one.

Together, the brothers Gibb dominated the US Pop charts in 1978, with Andy and the Bee Gees each scoring three #1 hits - and the Bee Gees contributing to a few others - but "Shadow Dancing" turned out to be the biggest of them all, staying at #1 for 7 weeks and becoming Billboard magazine's #1 single of the entire year of 1978. (Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" was actually an even bigger hit, but because its chart run straddled 1977 and 1978, it only managed to finish #3 for 1978, behind the Bee Gees' "Night Fever".)

Andy's other #1 hits in 1978 (both of which came before "Shadow Dancing") were "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" and "Love Is Thicker Than Water." He would also have a Top 5 hit that year with "An Everlasting Love." He was barely 20 years old at this, the height of his career. Unfortunately for Andy, his star fell almost as quickly as it rose. Although he had a few more hits over the next 3 years, by 1982 his career had stalled, due in large part to his addiction to cocaine and a sort of negative-coattails effect with the Bee Gees, whose own stature had fallen with the passing of the Disco era. He eventually got treatment for his drug addiction at the Betty Ford Clinic, but by then the damage to his career, his finances and his health were already done. In 1988 Andy Gibb died from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection, and aggravated by his years of substance abuse. >> This was written by all four Gibb brothers. Andy joined his older siblings Barry, Robin and Maurice for a writing session in Hollywood, where were filming the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "We literally sat down and in ten minutes, we had a group going, (singing) the chorus part," Andy recalled in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. In July 1978 Andy was performing at the Jai-Alai Fronton Studios in Miami, when Barry, Robin and Maurice unexpectedly joined him on stage and sang this with him. It was the first time all 4 brothers had performed live together in concert

Lyrics


You got me looking at that heaven in your eyes
I was chasing your direction
I was telling you no lies
And I was loving you
When the words are said, baby, I lose my head
And in a world of people, there's only you and I
There ain't nothing come between us in the end
How can I hold you when you ain't even mine
Only you can see me through
I leave it up to you

Do it light, taking me through the night
Shadow dancing, baby you do it right
Give me more, drag me across the floor
Shadow dancing, all this and nothing more

All that I need is just one moment in your arms
I was chasing your affection
I was doing you no harm
And I was loving you
Make it shine, make it rain, baby I know my way
I need that sweet sensation of living in your love
I can't breath when you're away, it pulls me down
You are the question and the answer am I
Only you can see me through
I leave it up to you

Do it light, taking me through the night
Shadow dancing, baby you do it right
Give me more, drag me across the floor
Shadow dancing, all this and nothing more

And in this world of people there's only you and I
There ain't nothing come between us in the end
Ah, can I hold you when you ain't even mine
Only you can see me through
I leave it up to you

Do it light, taking me through the night
Shadow dancing, baby you do it right
Give me more, drag me across the floor
Shadow dancing, all this and nothing more

Do it light, taking me through the night
Shadow dancing, baby you do it right
Give me more, drag me across the floor
Shadow dancing, all this and nothing more

Do it light, taking me through the night
Shadow dancing, baby you do it right
Give me more, drag me across the floor
Shadow dancing, all this and nothing more

Do it light, taking me through the night
Shadow dancing, baby you do it right
Give me more, drag me across the floor
Shadow dancing, all this and nothing more

Do it light, taking me through the night
Shadow dancing, baby you do it right
Give me more, drag me across the floor
Shadow dancing, all this and nothing more

Cover versions


Weekly charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
April 15, 1978 69
April 22, 1978 30
April 29, 1978 22
May 6, 1978 14
May 13, 1978 11
May 20, 1978 6
May 27, 1978 4
June 3, 1978 3
June 10, 1978 2
June 17, 1978 1
June 24, 1978 1
July 1, 1978 1
July 8, 1978 1
July 15, 1978 1
July 22, 1978 1
July 29, 1978 1
August 5, 1978 6
August 12, 1978 15
August 19, 1978 30
August 26, 1978 40
September 2, 1978 50
September 9, 1978 67
September 16, 1978 98
September 23, 1978 96
September 30, 1978 96
Preceded by
"You're the One That I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
17 June — 29 July 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
Preceded by
"With a Little Luck" by Paul McCartney and Wings
Cash Box Top 100 number-one single
3 June — 8 July 1978
Succeeded by
"Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty