Andy Gibb

I Just Want to Be Your Everything

Composed by Barry Gibb

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By 1977, the Bee Gees were writing so many hits that they could afford to pass a few off to other artists. One of the key beneficiaries of this generosity was Andy Gibb, the youngest Gibb brother, who went on to enjoy a string of three #1 hits penned by his brothers. The first was "I Just Want To Be Your Everything," a soft-rock tune with plenty of Bee Gees-style hooks. The lyrics present a twist on the usual love song premise - the song’s narrator isn’t trying to win over some mysterious object of desire but trying to earn the devotion of someone who hasn’t made up her mind about him: "Open up the heaven in your heart and let me be/The things you are to me and not some puppet on a string." The music reflects the narrator’s inner tension by contrasting verses that rise and fall in a pensive fashion with a chorus whose rapidly ascending style mirrors the anxious quality of his pleas. Andy Gibb’s recording of "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" perfectly captures the essence of mid-1970's soft rock with its glossy production, which marries acoustic guitar textures and ethereal washes of synthesizer to a light but insistent beat that borders on disco. Gibb tops it off with a sweetly melodic lead vocal that crosses over into Bee Gees-styled falsetto on the chorus (the Bee Gees-styled sound is further enhanced by the prominent backing vocals of Barry Gibb, who also penned the song). The result was a can’t-miss slice of soft rock that became a #1 pop hit in 1977, starting Gibb’s career with a bang and setting the stage for a string of hits that continued through the end of the 1970's.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Flowing Rivers 1977 Polydor / Polygram 3:45
Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits 1980 3:45
Andy Gibb (Greatest Hits) 1991 Reprise / Rhino 3:47
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority Records
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
Pure Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:46
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Disco Nights, Vol. 11: Leading Men 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:45
No. 1 Classic Pop Album 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 3:36
AM Gold: Teen Idols of the '70s 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:46
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1977 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:47
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:47
Disco Love Collection 2004
Various Artists
Koch 3:45
Too Much Heaven: Songs of the Brothers Gibb 2004 Retroactive 3:46
Hard to Find 45s, Vol. 12: 60s and 70s Pop Classics 2010
Various Artists
Eric Records 3:35
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram