On this day in music history: June 9, 1979 – “Love You Inside Out” by the Bee Gees hits #1
on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, peaking at #57 on the R&B singles chart on June 2, 1979, and #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart on June 16, 1979. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, it is the ninth and final chart topping single for the family group from The Isle Of Man, UK. Written during the sessions for the brothers fifteenth album “Spirits Having Flown”, the sensual, down tempo R&B flavored “Love You Inside Out” differs noticeably from the genre defining disco sound of their hits from the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack. Released as the third single from “Spirits” in April of 1979, it quickly becomes another smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #37 on April 21, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. “Love You” temporarily interrupts Donna Summer’s three week run at the top of the pop singles chart with “Hot Stuff”. The chart topping success of “Love You Inside Out” marks a major milestone in the Bee Gees career. It is their sixth consecutive number one single, tying them with The Beatles for having the most number ones in a row. Ironically, it is also their final single to reach the top of the US pop charts as artists. The band are caught up in the backlash against disco at the end of the 70’s which results in much of their music being blacklisted from radio airplay in the US. The brothers do not have another top ten record in the US under their own name until the release of “One” in July of 1989. “Love You” is sampled numerous times by Hip Hop and R&B artists including Jay-Z & R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Total Featuring 112, and The Game Featuring Floetry. “Love You Inside Out” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.