Spirits Having Flown

Spirits Having Flown is the title of an album by the Bee Gees.


Spirits Having Flown was released in January 1979 at the height of the popularity of the Bee Gees during the disco era. With the last album, Children of the World, they had ushered in this era and made ​​with the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever world famous. On this wave of success Spirits Having Flown became one of the most successful albums of the Bee Gees and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. During the recordings, the collaboration with the Wind Ensemble of the band Chicago, which recorded their next album just in the same studio.

Chart positions

The album reached the top spot on the album charts in the U.S.. In Germany, the album came in first place in the album charts. The first three songs on the album were released as singles and reached in the U.S., all first place in the singles charts. In Germany the single Tragedy with the second place in the singles chart was the most successful.

Track list


The album opens with the song Tragedy. In the UK, the song reached in February 1979 the first position in the singles chart and was able to repeat a month in the U.S. later. In Germany, he reached the second place in the singles charts and was the most successful decoupling of the album in Germany. In the musical production of Saturday Night Fever in London's West End, the song has also been included, even though he was not actually used in the original film version.

Too Much Heaven

The Bee Gees featured this song before 1978 and announced at a press conference of the United Nations in New York City that they want to let all the revenue that achieves this song come UNICEF. Too Much Heaven should be the International Year of the Child, which began on 1 January 1979, to celebrate. In the fall of 1978, the single was released. On 9 January 1979, the Bee Gees went on the concert Music for UNICEF and singing Too Much Heaven. The concert was also released with this song on an album. Other artists of this concert were ABBA, Andy Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, John Denver, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Rod Stewart and Donna Summer. Robert Stigwood, the manager of the Bee Gees, had the idea for the concert. Three days before the concert climbed the single Too Much Heaven the first place on the Billboard charts. Overall, the Bee Gees were finally able to transfer more than 7 million U.S. dollars to UNICEF and received the thanks of UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who described the gesture of the Bee Gees as exceptional and generous. U.S. President Jimmy Carter invited her to the White House to thank him personally for the support of UNICEF. The Bee Gees on brought him as a gift one of her black satin jackets.

Too Much Heaven reached third place in Germany and the 10th place on the charts in the UK.


The BeeGees used a specially painted Boeing B720 For their live tour. This was rented for this time of the airline McCulloch International.