The Bee Gees

​This page is about the pop group, The Bee Gees, and their solo artist brother, Andy.

Bee_Gees_1977 THE BEE GEES
1958–2003, 2009–2012
The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup 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 popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s. The group sang recognisable 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 mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s. The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.

Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Manchester, England, until the late 1950s. There, in 1955, they formed skiffle/rock n roll group the Rattlesnakes. The family then moved to Australia. 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, when producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; the presenter of the award to “Britain’s first family of harmony” was Brian Wilson, historical leader of The Beach Boys, another “family act” featuring three harmonising brothers.

Following Maurice’s 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 the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again. Robin died in May 2012, aged 62, after a prolonged struggle with cancer and other health problems, leaving Barry as the only surviving member of the group’s final line-up

20th Century Highlights

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April 14, 1967: “New York Mining Disaster 1941” UK #12

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April 14, 1967: Bee Gees’ 1st UK #8

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September 19, 1967: “Massachusetts” UK #1 (4 weeks)

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November 17, 1967: “World” UK #9

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January, 1968: “Words” UK #8

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February, 1968: Horizontal UK #16

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September 7, 1968: “I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” UK #1 (1 week)

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September, 1968: Idea UK #4

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February 14, 1969: “First of May” UK #6

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March 30, 1969: Odessa UK #10

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August 8, 1969: “Don’t Forget To Remember” UK #2

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October, 1969: Best of Bee Gees UK #7

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January 14, 1972: “My World” UK #16

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July 7, 1972: “Run To Me” UK #9

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May 16, 1975: “Jive Talkin'” UK #5 (Silver)

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July 16, 1976: “You Should Be Dancing” UK #5

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October 14, 1977: “How Deep Is Your Love” UK #3 (Gold)

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November 15, 1977: Saturday Night Fever UK #1 (18 weeks; 7x Platinum)

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December 13, 1977: “Stayin’ Alive” UK #4 (Silver)

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February 7, 1978: “Night Fever” UK #1 (2 weeks; Gold)

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October 24, 1978: “To Much Heaven” UK #3 (Gold)

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February 5, 1979: Spirits Having Flown UK #1 (2 weeks; Platinum)

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February 9, 1979: “Tragedy” UK #1 (2 weeks; Gold)

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April 6, 1979: “Love You Inside Out” UK #13

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October, 1979: Bee Gees Greatest (Platinum)

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January 4, 1980: “Spirits (Having Flown)” UK #16

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July, 1983: Staying Alive (inc other artists) UK #14 (Silver)

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September, 1987: E.S.P. UK #5 (Platinum)

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October 12, 1987: “You Win Again” UK #1 (4 weeks; Gold)

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November, 1990: The Very Best of the Bee Gees UK #8 (1990), UK #6 (1994) (3x Platinum)

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February 18, 1991: “Secret Love” UK #5

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November, 1993: “For Whom the Bell Tolls” UK #4 (Silver)

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February 17, 1997: “Alone” UK #5 (Silver)

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March 10, 1997: Still Waters UK #2 (Gold)

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June 9, 1997: “I Could Not Love You More” UK #14

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October 27, 1997: “Still Waters Run Deep” UK #18

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June 8, 1998: “Immortality” (Celine Dion with special guests the Bee Gees) UK #5 (Silver)

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September 7, 1998: One Night Only (live album) UK #4 (3x Platinum)

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Barry Gibb in 1973
BARRY GIBB
Born September 1, 1946
Sir Barry Gibb is a British singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the group Bee Gees, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed groups in the history of popular music. With his brothers, Robin and Maurice Gibb, he formed a songwriting partnership beginning in 1966.

Born on the Isle of Man, he was raised in Manchester where he formed his first band, the Rattlesnakes, which evolved into the Bee Gees in 1960 when they moved to Australia. They returned to England where they achieved worldwide fame. Well known for his wide vocal range, Gibb’s most notable vocal trait is a far-reaching high-pitched falsetto. Gibb shares the record with John Lennon and Paul McCartney for consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number ones as a writer with six. Guinness World Records lists Gibb as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Paul McCartney. Gibb’s career has spanned over fifty years. In 1994, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with his brothers. In 1997, as a member of the Bee Gees, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

20th Century Highlights (as above plus…)

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October, 1980: “Guilty” (Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb) UK #34

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Robin Gibb in 1973
ROBIN GIBB
Born December 22, 1949; died May 20, 2012
Robin Gibb was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, who gained worldwide fame as a member of the pop group the Bee Gees.

Gibb was born on the Isle of Man to English parents but later moved to Manchester before settling in Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio (Barry-Maurice-Robin). When the group found their first success, they returned to England where they achieved worldwide fame.

As an instrumentalist, Gibb primarily played a variety of keyboards, notably piano, organ and Mellotron on the Bee Gees album Odessa (1969); he also played acoustic guitar and organ on his debut solo album Robin’s Reign (1970).

On 20 May 2012, Gibb died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure brought on by colorectal cancer.

20th Century Highlights (as above plus…)

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June 27, 1969: “Saved By the Bell” UK #2

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Maurice Gibb in 1973
MAURICE GIBB
Born December 22, 1949; died January 12, 2003
Maurice Gibb was a British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, who achieved fame as a member of the pop group the Bee Gees. Although his brothers Barry and Robin Gibb were the group’s main lead singers, most of their albums included at least one or two compositions by Maurice, including “Lay It on Me”, “Country Woman”, and “On Time”. The Bee Gees were one of the most successful rock-pop groups ever. Gibb’s role in the group focused on melody and arrangements, providing backing vocal harmony and playing a variety of instruments.

Born on the Isle of Man, Gibb started his music career in  the skiffle-rock and roll group the Rattlesnakes, which later evolved into the Bee Gees in 1958 when they moved to Australia. They returned to England, where they achieved worldwide fame.

Gibb’s earliest musical influences included The Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard, and Paul Anka; The Mills Brothers and The Beatles were significant later influences. By 1964 he began his career as an instrumentalist, playing guitar on “Claustrophobia”. After the group’s break-up in 1969, Gibb released his first solo single, “Railroad”, but his first solo album, The Loner, has never been released.

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Andy Gibb in 1979
ANDY GIBB
Born March 5, 1958; died March 10, 1988
Andy Gibb was a British singer, songwriter, performer, and teen idol. He was the youngest brother of the Bee Gees: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb.

Gibb came to international prominence in the late 1970s with six singles that reached the Top 10 in the United States, starting with “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (1977), followed by three other top 20 singles. Gibb’s success was brief due to drug addiction and depression. He died just five days after turning 30.

20th Century Highlights

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June 1, 1978: Shadow Dancing UK #15 (Silver)

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July, 1978: “An Everlasting Love” UK #10
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