On this day in music history: March 24, 1979 - “Tragedy” by the Bee Gees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb it is the eighth US chart topper for the three brothers from the Isle Of Man, UK. Recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL in the Spring of 1978, the song is written during a particularly prolific period for the brothers Gibb. “Tragedy” is written in mid 1977 while the Bee Gees are filming “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” during which time they also write “Too Much Heaven” and “Shadow Dancing”. The songs climactic explosion sound effects are created by the engineer recording several overdubs of Barry Gibb cupping his hands over the microphone while making the explosion sound with his mouth, combined with keyboardist Blue Weaver playing random notes on the bottom end of the piano with the sounds being heavy processed in the mix. Issued as a single in late January of 1979, prior to the release of their first post “Saturday Night Fever” album “Spirits Having Flown”, it is another immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #29 on February 10, 1979, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later. “Tragedy” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.