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The Bee Gees


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No popular music act of the '60s, '70s, '80s, or '90s attracted a more varied audience than the Bee Gees. Beginning in the mid- to late '60s as a Beatlesque ensemble, they quickly developed as songwriters and singers to create a style of their own that carried them from psychedelia to progressive pop. Then, after hitting a popular trough, they reinvented themselves as perhaps the most successful white soul act of all time. What remained a constant throughout their history is their extraordinary singing, rooted in three voices that were appealing individually and melded together perfectly.

The group was also music's most successful brother act. Barry Gibb, born on September 1, 1946, in Manchester, England, and his fraternal twin brothers Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb, born on December 22, 1949, on the Isle of Man, were three of five children. The three of them gravitated toward music, encouraged by their father, who saw his sons at first as a diminutive version of the Mills Brothers. The three Gibb brothers made their earliest performances at local movie theaters in Manchester in 1955, singing between shows. The family moved to Australia in 1958, resettling in Brisbane. Now known as the Brothers Gibb -- with Barry writing songs -- they attracted the attention of a local DJ, and eventually got their own local television show. It was around this time that they took on the name the Bee Gees (for Brothers Gibb). The trio was astoundingly popular in the press and on television, but actual hit records eluded them.

By late 1966, they'd decided to return to England -- which, thanks to the Beatles, was now the center of the world for rock and popular music. The group had sent demo recordings ahead of them, and "Spicks & Specks" -- which became their first Australian hit while they were in mid-ocean -- had attracted the interest of manager Robert Stigwood. The trio was signed by Stigwood upon their arrival, and began shaping their sound in the environment of Swinging London. Barry and Robin Gibb alternated the lead vocal spot, harmonizing together and with Maurice. Barry played rhythm guitar, while Maurice played bass, piano, organ, and Mellotron, among other instruments. Their first English recording, "New York Mining Disaster 1941," an original by the group with a haunting melody and a strangely surreal, almost psychedelic ambience, was released in mid-1967 and made the Top 20 in England and America. They had successful follow-ups with "Holiday" and "To Love Somebody," the latter actually written for Otis Redding to record, and "Massachusetts," which topped the U.K. charts.

After Bee Gees' 1st, the Gibb brothers took over producing their own records. It was easy, amid the sheer beauty of their recordings, to overlook the range of influences that went into their sound, which came from a multitude of sources, including American country music and soul music. At this point in their history, they were most comfortable deconstructing elements in the singing and harmonies of black American music and rebuilding them in their style.

In 1969, the trio split up in a dispute involving the Odessa album. A lushly orchestrated double LP, it was their most ambitious recording to date, but they were unable to agree on which song would be the single, and Robin walked out. Barry and Maurice held on to the Bee Gees name for one LP, Cucumber Castle, while Robin released Robin's Reign. Without a group to promote it, the Odessa album never sold the way it might have, even with a hit, "First of May." Cucumber Castle generated several successful singles in England and Germany, including the gorgeous, African-influenced "I.O.I.O.," while Robin had a hit with "Saved by the Bell."

In 1970, almost two years older and a good deal wiser, they decided to get back together. They related to each other better and had also evolved musically, now creating a progressive pop/rock sound similar to the Moody Blues. They came back on a high note with two dazzling songs: the soulful "Lonely Days," the group's first number one hit in America; and the achingly lyrical "Morning of My Life," which proved so popular with fans that the group was still doing it in concert decades later.

Their success began to ebb, however, after another huge international hit with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" in 1971. The single "Run to Me" made the Top 20 in 1972, but the album To Whom It May Concern was forgotten almost instantly after a brief chart run. Their fortunes continued in reverse during 1973 withLife in a Tin Can and the single "Saw a New Morning" -- despite a move to America and a heavy promotional push, the song never made the Top 40 and the album stalled out.

The trio was falling into a deep creative and commercial hole. Rescue came from a suggestion by Eric Clapton, that they try recording at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, where he had just cut an album. the Bee Gees took his advice and came back with Mr. Natural (1974), produced by Arif Mardin. This record was a departure with its heavily Americanized R&B sound, and the following year they plunged headfirst into the new sound with Main Course -- the emphasis was now on dance rhythms, high harmonies, and a funk beatthat register. "Jive Talkin'," the first single off the album, became their second American number one single, and was followed up with "Nights on Broadway" and then the album Children of the World, which yielded the hits "You Should Be Dancing" and "Love So Right." Then, in 1977, their featured numbers on the soundtrack to the Robert Stigwood-produced Saturday Night Fever, "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Night Fever," each topped the charts, even as the soundtrack album stayed in the top spot for 24 weeks. In the process, the disco era in America was born -- Saturday Night Fever, as an album and a film, supercharged the phenomenon and broadened its audience by tens of millions, with the Bee Gees at the forefront of the music.

It was a profound moment although, ironically, there wasn't that much difference in their sound. Amid the dance numbers, the Bee Gees still did a healthy portion of romantic ballads that each offered memorable hooks. They'd simply decided, at Arif Mardin's urging, to forget the fact that they were white Englishmen and plunged into soul music, emulating, in their own terms, the funkier Philadelphia soul sounds that all three brothers knew and loved. In one fell swoop, the group had managed to meld every influence they'd ever embraced, from the Mills Brothers and the Beatles to early-'70s soul, into something of their own that was virtually irresistible. Spirits Having Flown was their croBy the end of the '70s, however, the disco era was waning from a combination of the bad economy, political chaos domestically and internationally (leading to the election of Ronald Reagan), and a general burnout of the participants from too many drugs and profligate sex (which would precipitate an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases and herald the outbreak of AIDS in the United States). There had already been an ad hoc reaction against the group's dominance of the airwaves, with mass burnings of Bee Gees posters and albums organized by DJs. The group itself helped contribute to the end of the party with their participation (at Stigwood's insistence) in the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "inspired" (if that's the word) by the Beatles' album. The movie was a commercial and critical disaster, and an embarrassment to all concerned.

In America, the Bee Gees were virtually invisible for most of the '80s. Instead, Barry Gibb pursued work as a producer for other artists, creating hits for Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. By 1987 and the E.S.P. album, their sales had rebounded everywhere but the United States, yielding a number one single (outside of the U.S.) in "You Win Again." Their 1989 album One got a good reception around the world and generated a Top Ten U.S. single. And in the '90s, Polygram Records released the four-CD anthology Tales from the Brothers Gibb, which sold well around the world. The trio's 1997 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame led to a resurgence of interest, which heralded the release of the live album One Night Only (1998), cut at their first American concert in almost a decade.

the Bee Gees remained active until the death of Maurice in January 2003, from cardiac arrest during surgery. Following his death, Robin and Barry decided to cease performing as the Bee Gees. Their recorded legacy, however, subsequently became more visible than it had been in decades with the move of their catalog to Warner/Reprise. The latter company began the long-awaited upgraded CD reissue of the Bee Gees' post-1966 library, including the first-ever release of outtakes and rehearsal versions of songs. Robin was diagnosed with and underwent treatment for cancer in 2011. He died in London in May 2012 due to complications from cancer and intestinal surgery; he was 62 years old. Given the previous deaths of Andy (who had several number one hits and who died of an inflammatory heart virus in 1988) and Maurice Gibb, Robin was the third Gibb brother and second member of the Bee Gees to pass away.


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1965The Bee Gees Sing And Play
1967Bee Gees' 1st
1970Cucumber Castle
19712 Years On
1971S W A L K
1972To Whom It May Concern
1973Life In A Tin Can
1974Mr. Natural
1975Main Course
1976Children Of The World
1977Here At Last . . . Bee Gees . . . Live!
1977Saturday Night Fever {Soundtrack}
1978Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band {Soundtrack}
1979Spirits Having Flown
1981Living Eyes
1983Staying Alive
1987E S P
1991High Civilization
1993Size Isn't Everything
1997Still Waters
1998One Night Only
2001This Is Where I Came In


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1965 The Bee Gees Sing And Play

01. I Was A Lover, Leader Of Men
02. I Don't Think It's Funny
03. How Love Was True
04. To Be Or Not To Be
05. Timber
06. Claustrophobia
07. Could It Be
08. And The Children Laughing
09. Wine And Women
10. Don't Say Goodbye
11. Peace Of Mind
12. Take Hold Of That Star
13. You Wouldn't Know
14. Follow The Wind

1967 Bee Gees' 1st

01. Turn Of The Century
02. Holiday
03. Red Chair, Fade Away
04. One Minute Woman
05. In My Own Time
06. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man
07. Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy Of Arts
08. New York Mining Disaster 1941
09. Cucumber Castle
10. To Love Somebody
11. I Close My Eyes
12. I Can't see Nobody
13. Please Read Me
14. Close Another Door

1968 Horizontal

01. World
02. And The Sun Will Shine
03. Lemons Never Forget
04. Really And Sincerely
05. Birdie Told Me
06. With The Sun In My Eyes
07. Massachusetts
08. Harry Braff
09. Day Time Girl
10. The Earnest Of Being George
11. The Change Is Made
12. Horizontal

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1968 Idea

01. Let There Be Love
02. Kitty Can
03. In The Summer Of His Years
04. Indian Gin And Whiskey Dry
05. Down To Earth
06. Such A Shame
07. I've Gotta Get A Message To You
08. Idea
09. When The Swallows Fly
10. I Have Decided To Join The Airforce
11. I Started A Joke
12. Kilburn Towers
13. Swan Song

1969 Odessa

01. Odessa (city on the black sea)
02. You'll Never See My Face Again
03. Black Diamond
04. Marley Purt Drive
05. Edison
06. Melody Fair
07. Suddenly
08. Whisper Whisper
09. Lamplight
10. Sound Of Love
11. Give Your Best
12. Seven Seas Symphony
13. With All Nations (International Anthem)
14. I Laugh In Your Face
15. Never Say Never Again
16. First Of May
17. The British Opera

1970 Cucumber Castle

01. If I Only Had My Mind On Something Else
02. I.O.I.O.
03. Then You Left Me
04. The Lord
05. I Was A Child
06. I Lay Down And Die
07. Sweetheart
08. Bury Me Down By The River
09. My Thing
10. The Chance Of Love
11. Turning Tide
12. Don't Forget To Remember

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1971 2 Years On

01. 2 Years On
02. Portrait Of Louise
03. Man For All Seasons
04. Sincere Relation
05. Back Home
06. The 1st Mistake I Made
07. Lonely Days
08. Alone Again
09. Tell Me Why
10. Lay It On Me
11. Every Second, Every Minute
12. I'm Weeping

1971 Trafalgar

01. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
02. Israel
03. The Greatest Man In The World
04. It's Just My Way
05. Remembering
06. Somebody Stop The Music
07. Trafalgar
08. Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself
09. When Do I
10. Dearest
11. Lion In Winter
12. Walking Back To Waterloo

1971 S W A L K

1972 To Whom It May Concern

01. Run To Me
02. We Lost The Road
03. Never Been Alone
04. Paper Mache, Cabbages & Kings
05. I Can Bring Love
06. I Held A Party
07. Please Don't Turn Out The Lights
08. Sea Of Smiling Faces
09. Bad, Bad Dreams
10. You Know It's For You
11. Alive
12. Road To Alaska
13. Sweet Song Of Summer

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1973 Life In A Tin Can

01. Saw A New Morning
02. I Don't Wanna Be The One
03. South Dakota Morning
04. Living In Chicago
05. While I Play
06. My Life Has Been A Song
07. Come Home Johnny Birdie
08. Method To My Madness

1974 Mr. Natural

01. Charade
02. Throw A Penny
03. Down The Road
04. Voices
05. Give A Hand, Take A Hand
06. Dogs
07. Mr. Natural
08. Lost In Your Love
09. I Can't Let You Go
10. Heavy Breathing
11. Had A Lot Of Love Last Night

1975 Main Course

01. Nights On Broadway
02. Jive Talkin'
03. Wind Of Change
04. Songbird
05. Fanny (be tender with my love)
06. All This Making Love
07. Country Lanes
08. Come On Over
09. Edge Of The Universe
10. Baby As You Turn Away

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1976 Children Of The World

01. You Should Be Dancing
02. You Stepped Into My Life
03. Love So Right
04. Lovers
05. Can't Keep A Good Man Down
06. Boogie Child
07. Love Me
08. Subway
09. The Way It Was
10. Children Of The World

1977 Here At Last . . . Bee Gees . . . Live!

01. I've Gotta Get A Message To You
02. Love So Right
03. Edge Of The Universe
04. Come On Over
05. You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
06. New York Mining Disaster 1941
07. Run To Me
08. World
09. Holiday
10. I Can't See Anybody
11. I Started A Joke
12. Massachusetts
13. How Can You Meld A Broken Heart
14. To Love Somebody
15. You Should Be Dancing
16. Boogie Child
17. Down The Road
18. Words
19. Wind Of Change
20. Nights On Broadway
21. Jive Talkin'
22. Lonely Days

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1977 Saturday Night Fever {Soundtrack}

01. Stayin' Alive
02. How Deep Is Your Love
03. Night Fever
04. More Than A Woman
05. If I Can't Have You (Y Elliman)
06. Fifth Of Beethoven (W Murphy)
07. More Than A Woman (Tavares)
08. Manhattan Skyline (D Shire)
09. Calypso Breakdown (R Macdonald)
10. Night On Disco Mountain (D Shire)
11. Open Sesame (Kool & The Gang)
12. Jive Talkin'
13. You Should Be Dancing
14. Boogie Shoes (KC & Sunshine Band)
15. Salsation (D Shire)
16. K-Jee ( MFSB)
17. Disco Inferno (Trammps)

1978 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band {Soundtrack}

01. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
02. With A Little Help From My Friends
03. Here Comes The Sun
04. Getting Better
05. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
06. I Want You (she's so heavy)
07. Good Morning, Good Morning
08. She's Leaving Home
09. You Never Give Me Your Money
10. Oh! Darling
11. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
12. Polythene Pam
13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
14. Nowhere Man
15. Got To Get You Into My Life
16. Strawberry Fields Forever
17. When I'm Sixty-Four
18. Mean Mister Mustard
19. Fixing A Hole
20. Because
21. Golden Slumbers
22. Carry That Weight
23. Come Together
24. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
25. The Long And Winding Road
26. A Day In The Life
27. Get Back

1979 Spirits Having Flown

01. Tragedy
02. Too Much Heaven
03. Love You Inside Out
04. Reaching Out
05. Spirits Having Flown
06. Search, Find
07. Stop (think again)
08. Living Together
09. I'm Satisfied
10. Until

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1981 Living Eyes

01. Living Eyes
02. He's A Liar
03. Paradise
04. Don't Fall In Love With Me
05. Soldiers
06. I Still Love You
07. Wildflower
08. Nothing Could Be Good
09. Crying Every Day
10. Be Who You Are

1983 Staying Aiive

01. The Woman In You
02. I Love You Too Much
03. Breakout
04. Someone Belonging To Someone
05. Life Goes On
06. Staying Alive

1987 E S P

01. E S P
02. You Win Again
03. Live Or Die (hold me like a child)
04. Giving Up The Ghost
05. The Longest Night
06. This Is Your Life
07. Angela
08. Overnight
09. Crazy For Your Love
10. Backtafunk

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1989 One

01. Ordinary Lives
02. One
03. Bodyguard
04. It's My Neighborhood
05. Tears
06. Tokyo Nights
07. Flesh And Blood
08. Wish You Were Here
09. House Of Shame
10. Will You Ever Let Me
11. Wing And A Prayer

1991 High Civilization

01. High Civilization
02. Secret Love
03. When He's Gone
04. Happy Ever After
05. Party With No Name
06. Ghost Train
07. Dimensions
08. The Only Love
09. Human Sacrifice
10. True Confessions
11. Evolution

1993 Size Isn't Everything

01. Paying The Price Of Love
02. Kiss Of Life
03. How To Fall In Love, Pt. 1
04. Omega Man
05. Haunted House
06. Heart Like Mine
07. Anything For You
08. Blue Island
09. Above And Beyond
10. For Whom The Bell Tolls
11. Fallen Angel

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1997 Still Waters

01. Alone
02. I Surrender
03. I Could Not Love You More
04. Still Waters Run Deep
05. My Lover's Prayer
06. With My Eyes Closed
07. Irresistible Force
08. Closer Than Close
09. I Will
10. Obsessions
11. Miracles Happen
12. Smoke And Mirrors

1998 One Night Only

01. You Should Be Dancing
02. Alone
03. Massachusetts
04. To Love Somebody
05. Words
06. Closer Than Close
07. Islands In The Stream
08. Our Love (don't throw it all away)
09. Night Fever
10. More Than A Woman
11. Lonely Days
12. New York Mining Disaster 1941
13. I Can't See Nobody
14. And The Sun Will Shine
15. Nights On Broadway
16. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
17. Heartbreaker
18. Guilty
19. Immortality
20. Tragedy
21. I Started A Joke
22. Grease
23. Jive Talkin'
24. How Deep Is Your Love
25. Stayin' Alive

2001 This Is Where I Came In

01. This Is Where I Came In
02. She Keeps On Coming
03. Sacred Trust
04. Wedding Day
05. Man In The Middle
06. Deja Vu
07. Technicolor Dreams
08. Walking On Air
09. Loose Talk Costs Lives
10. Embrace
11. The Extra Mile
12. Voice In The Wilderness

2002 Melody

01. In The Morning
02. Melody Fair
03. Spicks And Specks
04. Romance Theme In F
05. Give Your Best
06. To Love Somebody
07. Working On It Night And Day
08. First Of May
09. Seaside Banjo
10. Teacher's Chase
11. Teach Your Children

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