“Shadow Dancing” was a platinum smash hit for Andy Gibb. It was his third number one single, staying at the top of the charts for seven weeks in the summer of 1978.
Andy would have three more top ten hits in the U.S., but this was his last number one.
It was written by Andy and his three brothers (Maurice, Robin and Barry), and it marked the first time that a solo pop artist had his first three singles hit number one.
In another first, while Andy performed at a concert in Miami that summer, his three brothers joined him on stage to perform this song – the first time all four brothers performed on stage together.
This song came up for me after having an interesting experience with shadows.
I was walking around the Old Town area of San Diego one evening (yes, still playing Pokémon Go – gotta catch ‘em all). Old Town is home to the Whaley House, the most haunted house in America. There is also a small cemetery with many graves going back into the 1800’s. And there’s a rich history there, with other historic landmarks, and stories of ghosts and hauntings.
This didn’t take place near any of that.
While I was walking, I had this feeling that I wasn’t alone. It was a surprisingly quiet night in Old Town, which is usually a bustling tourist area. I stopped and noticed that I seemed to be casting two shadows (though one appeared to be much taller). Since I already had my phone out, I snapped a photo of it.
Then I whipped around, still feeling like someone was there, following me. When I saw there was no one there, I took another picture.
I was going to dismiss it when I noticed something else as I turned back around. Now, I was only casting one shadow.
Feel free to share any photos you have taken recently where someone (or something) showed up unexpectedly!
In the meantime, here’s Andy Gibb…
Ken Kessler has always been interested in psychic phenomena, and like Mulder on the X-Files, wants to believe. But like most, he tends to look for, and accept, rational explanations. (More)