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Bee Gees

Barry Gibb
Robin Gibb
Maurice Gibb

Artistfacts for Bee Gees

  • Robin and Maurice are twins. Barry is 3 years older.
  • The Bee Gees released their first ever single in Australia in 1963. It was the Johnny Horton inspired "Battle of the Blue and the Grey." They cracked the Australian and New Zealand markets within a few years. "Spicks And Specks" was their first ever #1 single, topping the New Zealand charts (#3 in Australia). The brothers left Australia for London to audition with Robert Stigwood. Stigwood was a director of NEMS Enterprises, the company owned by Beatles svengali Brian Epstein. He signed them up. "New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)" was their first international hit.
  • In 1967, Robert Stigwood became their manager. He worked with Brian Epstein, who managed The Beatles. Stigwood was also a movie director. He put them on the soundtrack to his 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever, and cast them in the colossal flop Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the next year.
  • They had huge success singing Disco songs in the '70s. They popularized the falsetto singing style of that era.
  • When Robin was 17, he was on a train in England that crashed, killing 49 passengers. He escaped with cuts and bruises.
  • Maurice was a paintball fanatic. He competed in tournaments.
  • Maurice died in 2003 after he was rushed to a hospital for stomach pains. He went into cardiac arrest, and the surgery could not save him.
  • The Bee Gees are prolific songwriters, having written or co-written about 1,000 songs to date. Surviving brothers Barry and Robin continue to write music. (thanks, Debbie - Keene, NH)
  • Over 2,500 artists have recorded their songs. "How Deep Is Your Love" is the most covered of all, with over 400 versions. (thanks, Paul - UK, England)
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Comments: 11

The Bee Gees get associated with disco but didn't set out to write disco songs. They were more influenced by the soul music coming out of Philadelphia in the early to mid 1970's, particularly groups like the Delfonics and the Stylistics. They simply happened to have moved to Miami in the mid-1970's because Eric Clapton had recorded an album there and Clapton suggested that they record an album at the same studio.Dana - Woodbury, Mn, Mn
Bee Gees were absolutely one of my favorite groups, right up to 'Run To Me'.

Their songs prior to going 'Disco' will always retain a very special place in my heart.
Lester - New York City, Ny
Man, The Bee Gees, what song-writers AND singers. Amazing, are they in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame?Ben - Baltimore, Md
Barry Gibb wrote two #1 songs for his brother Andy in one afternoon ("Love is Thicker Than Water," and "I Just Want to be Your Everything.")Garrett - Nashville, Tn
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.Andy - Arlington, Va
Their songs are fantastic. I even like the songs that they wrote for other artists, Like Grease, Islands In The Stream and (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away. Classics!!!Paul - Uk, England
Thy had some of the best harmonies, and they wrote great songs too.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
had top 5 hits in the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. who else can say that? they are the number three producers in music all time.R - O, De
By far one of the most gifted writers and performers EVER! A very class act!Michele - Butte, Mt
Didja know that the Bee Gees were discovered by Bill Gates? No,not THE Bill Gates. This Bill Gates was a disc jockey in Brisbane, Australia who happened into a pub one night and heard the brothers singing. He contacted the grouped and was instrumental on making the Bee Gees a world-wide phenomena.Billy - Tulsa, Ok
The best Song Writers AND Performing Artists of all times.

Hope they continue.
Bj - Kc, Mo