THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
459-Bee Gees-New York Mining Disaster 1941.
1967-Number 12 single.
Best Bit-At 0.29.A very clever piece of marketing had everyone thinking this was the new single from The Beatles.
The song is about a miner trapped beneath the surface who wants to contact his wife,there was no such event and the lyrics are totally fictional.There was no mining disaster in New York in 1941,but there was one in McIntire,Pennsylvania which killed six people.The song though is probably inspired by the Aberfan tragedy in South Wales in 1966.
Promos of the song were distributed to radio stations with a blank label and the suggestion that it was an English group whose name began with the letter ‘B’,many DJ’s thought it was a new Beatles song and played the track constantly
The Bee Gees have admitted that The Beatles were a big influence on their early career.In turn this song was an influence on David Bowie’s 1969 song ‘Space Oddity’ in style, arrangement and lyrics,as ‘Space Oddity’ is also about a trapped man who is soon to die.
‘I keep straining my ears to hear a sound maybe someone is digging underground.’
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