Profile: The Bee Gees were a group of brothers who had huge success singing disco songs in the 1970s and popularized the falsetto style of singing of that era. The brothers were born in England and published their first album in Australia.
Did You Know?
- Robin and Maurice are twins. Barry is three years older.
- 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 wrote, produced and arranged their own songs. As songwriters, they were extremely prolific, composing hundreds of songs, many of which were recorded by other artists. The group is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- When the Gibbs were children, they started songwriting through a game of make-believe. They would listen to the radio and pretend like they were in charge of writing the artist’s next hit record. “It was a hobby that we weren’t even aware of,” Robin explained. “We were just playing it the same way kids throw a ball around; we were just throwing music around.”
- After being diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, Robin died of kidney and liver failure in 2012. He was 62.
- Maurice Gibb married Scottish singer Lulu at St. James’ Church, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England on February 18, 1969. Three thousand fans turn out to see the nuptials. The pair’s busy careers and Maurice’s heavy drinking forced them apart and they divorced in 1973, but remained on good terms.
Awards and Achievements:
- Grammy Awards- 1978, 1979, 2003, 2004, 2015
- American Music Awards – 1979, 1980, 1997
- Outstanding Contribution to Music BRIT Awards- 1997
- World Music Awards Legend Award- 1997
- The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs- 1965
- Spicks and Specks- 1966
- Bee Gees’ 1st- 1967
- Horizontal- 1968
- Idea- 1968
- Odessa- 1969
- Cucumber Castle- 1970
- 2 Years On- 1970
- Trafalgar- 1971
- To Whom It May Concern- 1972
- Life In A Tin Can- 1973
- Mr. Natural- 1974
- Main Course- 1975
- Children of the World- 1976
- Spirits Having Flown- 1979
- Living Eyes 1981
- E.S.P.- 1987
- One- 1989
- High Civilization- 1991
- Size Isn’t Everything- 1993
- Still Waters- 1997
- This Is Where I Came In- 2001