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The Music We Love: The Bee Gees

Mary Burris is a passionate lover of music. We’re very excited to share her informative and fun posts about music on Midlife Boulevard. To read more from Mary, check out her blogJingle Jangle Jungle.

 

The Bee Gees were a pop music group that was formed in 1958. The group’s line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a rock act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the late 1970s. The group sang recognizable three-part tight harmonies; Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the late 1970s and 1980s. They wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.

The Bee Gees were a pop music group that was formed in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/01/bgs.html

Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England, until the late 1950s, and formed the Rattlesnakes. The family then moved to Redcliffe, in Queensland, Australia, and then to Cribb Island. After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with “Spicks and Specks” (their 12th single), they returned to the UK in January 1967 where producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience.

The Music We Love: The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; the presenter of the award was Brian Wilson, historical leader of the Beach Boys, a “family act” also featuring three harmonizing brothers. The Bee Gees’ Hall of Fame citation says “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.”

Following Maurice’s sudden death in January 2003 at the age of 53, Barry and Robin retired the group’s name after 45 years of activity. In 2009 Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again. Robin died in May 2012 at the age of 62, after a prolonged struggle with cancer and other health problems, leaving Barry as the lone surviving member of the group.

A photo of the Bee Gees (back row): Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb, along with the rest of their family (front): Hugh, Andy and Barbara Gibb. 5 of 23Bee Gees: With age comes interesting hair. A photo of the Bee Gees (back row): Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb, along with the rest of their family (front): Hugh, Andy and Barbara Gibb. http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/2015/01/bgs.html

The Gibbs had a fourth brother, Andy, who was also a singer-songwriter, performer, and teen idol. He battled drug addiction and depression and died just five days after turning 30.

“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” is a song released by the Bee Gees in 1971. Barry and Robin Gibb wrote the song in August 1970 when the Gibb brothers had reconvened following a period of break-up and alienation. They originally offered the song to Andy Williams, but ended up recording it themselves. Maurice Gibb possibly had a hand in the writing of “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” although the song is officially credited to Barry and Robin Gibb. The 2009 release “Ultimate Bee Gees” officially credited Maurice for the first time as co writer of the song, for both the “Ultimate” CD and DVD, and it was credited to the moniker Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Mary Burris

Hi! I'm Mary. I am a cancer survivor and am doing my best to live life to the fullest. One of the things that I enjoy in life is music. My personal blog is about music, artists, and the stories behind them. I love all genres of music, and am having a great time learning about the different artists and their music. Won't you come on this adventure with me? Instagram: knottymarie

Mary Burris

Hi! I'm Mary. I am a cancer survivor and am doing my best to live life to the fullest. One of the things that I enjoy in life is music. My personal blog is about music, artists, and the stories behind them. I love all genres of music, and am having a great time learning about the different artists and their music. Won't you come on this adventure with me? Instagram: knottymarie

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marilyn davis

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

many fond memories when you hear their wonderful music. 4 beautiful sons.. Thankyou for all the great music

Lynda @MommyPowers

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Be still my ❤️. So many memories, great music!

Mary Burris

Thursday 26th of March 2015

:) Thanks for letting me bring back those memories.

liv

Thursday 26th of March 2015

They were such a talented group of men. Just heard staying alive this morning as we were doing our first aid training - their music lives on. ;-)

Mary Burris

Thursday 26th of March 2015

When the boyfriend and I play RockBand, I like to impersonate Barry's falsetto in Tragedy. So much fun.

Anne Parris

Thursday 26th of March 2015

We heard Shadow Dancing in a store the other day. My kids knew who The Bee Gees were, but they'd never heard of Andy Gibb. Sad his music is being forgotten.

Mary Burris

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I loved Andy Gibb. I used to have his posters on my wall when I was younger.

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