Behind the Track: “Jive Talkin'”

The chart-topping “Jive Talkin'” once had a different name.

On this day in 1975, “Jive Talkin'” reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the Bee Gees’ first top ten hit in the United States since “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”

Originally titled “Drive Talkin,” the song’s rhythm was modeled after the sound their car made when crossing Interstate 195 each day from Biscayne Bay to Criteria Studios in Miami, FL. The title was changed to “Jive Talkin'” after Barry accidentally sang “Ji-Ji Jive Talkin'” while recording. The song remained number 1 for a total of two weeks.

This track is one of the many greatest hits on Timeless. Jump in at track 10 for “Jive Talkin'”:

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