The most appropriate song to feature today is one of Bee Gees' greatest hits, First Of May (lead vocals Barry Gibb). No, it's not a protest song nor one about Labour Day but with its symbolic and poety like lyrics, Barry Gibb wrote it for his dog's birthday. Argghh!
This 1969 doggie inspired melody was a minor hit but was noticed after it featured in the soundtrack of a British film about puppy love called Melody (1971). It has a place in the annals of American pop and been covered by Matt Monroe, Jose Feliciano and Sarah Brightman. Strange, I always thought the song was more about growing up:
"When I was small and Christmas trees were tall... Don't ask me why but time has passed us by... Now we are tall and Christmas trees are small... But you and I, our love will never die... The day I kissed your cheek and you were mine."
Don't confuse the Bee Gees' version with another one that has the same title.
Singer Lulu (To Sir With Love, Scottish pop star) was married to Maurice Gibb from '69 to '73, his first wife. Maurice Gibb has since passed away in January, 2003.
Check out Lulu: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 British Pop 60s Invasion - One Singer One Son
Original article: Andy Lim