Sometimes appearing with the title "(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts," The Bee Gees wrote and had their first UK #1 with this song in 1967, but it wasn't until some years later, during a chance meeting in London between the Seekers lead singer Judith Durham and Maurice Gibb, that Judith learned the amazing truth that "Massachusetts" was originally intended to fulfill the Bee Gees' dream of writing a hit for The Seekers.
Upon arriving in London from Australia (following in the path of the Seekers, who had arrived several years earlier) the Bee Gees had been unsuccessful in getting the song to the group, so they recorded it themselves. After reuniting and touring Australia again perhaps for the last time in 2003, the Seekers were moved to perform the song as a tribute to Maurice after his untimely death. So popular was the song there that the group decided to finally record it and it was included on their Ultimate Collection
CD released that same year. It fits perfectly with what the Seekers themselves selected as their best classic songs of the mid '60s, having been recorded almost 40 years later.
Stu - Suffern, NY