Bee Gees – Biography
The Bee Gees consisting of group members Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb were a musical group formed in 1958. Born to English parents, the Gibb brothers survived their first few years in Chorlton, Manchester, England. In the late 1950s they moved to Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. This was here where their music careers of The Bee gees beagan.
Their first chart success in Australia was with “Spicks and Specks” which was their 12th single. Later in January 1967 they returned to the United Kingdom where they met producer Robert Stigwood who began promoting them to a worldwide audience.
Throughout their musical career the threesome were successful for most of the period. However, two exceptional periods periods were in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and during era of disco music in the late 1970s.
What made Bee Gees so unique was their different singing styles singing in three-part tight harmonies that were instantly recognizable.
Robin’s clear vibrato lead was a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the late 1970s and 1980s. The brothers wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.
Over the period of Bee Gees’s career their record sales was estimated to have made a total sales of more than 220 million. This stunning figure ranks them among the best-selling music artists of all time.
In 1997, Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 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”.
Maurice died unexpectedly in January 2003. Left with 2 original members, Barry and Robin retired the group’s name after 45 years of performance.
In 2009,Robin decided that he and Barry would re-form The Bee Gees and perform again. In May 2012 after a prolonged bout of cancer, Robin died.