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Hey Gary,

Writing you in response to the Chart Beat feature this week celebrating the 48th anniversary of the Beatles having held the top five positions on the Hot 100.

Obviously, there's no disputing what kind of chart force the Beatles were in the '60s. And, their record total domination of the top five for one week in 1964 is amazing. Also, props go to 50 Cent's three concurrent top five songs in 2005.

But, while you say that that's the closest anyone came to Beatles-like domination, let me make an argument.

For two weeks in March 1978, the Bee Gees had four of the top five songs; if not as the main performers, as songwriters, producers and harmony singers: "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," Andy Gibb's "Love Is Thicker Than Water" and Samantha Sang's "Emotion." I'll argue that when even the songs you write, not just those you perform, are part of your chart domination, that's pretty darn special.

In fact, starting the week of Nov. 26, 1977, and stretching all the way to Sept. 2, 1978, there was at least one Gibb-penned song (and as many as four) in each week's top five, from "How Deep Is Your Love" through Frankie Valli's "Grease." And, there were always plenty more populating various reaches of the Hot 100.

In any case, I just want to make sure that the Brothers Gibb get their due. I'm also very much looking forward to Robin Gibb's "Titanic Requiem" this month, plus rumored new music from Barry and Robin later this year.


Pat Thomas
Sparks, Nevada

Hi Pat,

Well said, as there's certainly more to Hot 100 history than just what shows in the chart's title and artist fields.

As for Robin Gibb, I've always thought that one of the most melodic songs in the family's songbook is this one:

While it never charted on the Hot 100, "Juliet" hit No. 1 in multiple European countries in 1983.

Beyond charts, Gibb received some very good real-life news this week: that he has reportedly won his battle against liver and colon cancer. "It's gone, they can't see it no more. I've done it," he told his son, RJ.

"It was the most beautiful feeling," RJ said. "Instantly, life was so, so much better."