Tales of Rock – The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees set a record in 1978 by having seven number one singles in a six month period. The record they broke was previously held by the Beatles.

Prior to becoming the Bee Gees, the fraternal called themselves the Blue Cats.

Maurice and Robin are fraternal twins. (Maurice is the one on the right that is balding, and Robin is on the left who looks like he could be related to Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford! Barry is the handsome one in the middle and is what I would picture what God would look like!)

The Bee Gees composed: More Than A Woman for Taveres, If I Can’t Have You for Yvonne Elliman, Warm Ride for Rare Earth, and Emotion for Samantha Song.

During the week of February 25th to March 4, 1978, the Bee Gees and their compositions held the top five chart positions in the U.S.

  1. Stayin’ Alive
  2. How Deep Is Your Love
  3. Night Fever
  4. Love Is Thicker Than Water
  5. Emotion

That is pretty impressive, thanks to them turing to Disco and the smash hit soundtrack to the film, Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta.

Actually, the origin of the group’s name isn’t simply the initials of the Brothers Gibb. Two of the people who helped the young brothers were disc jockey Bill Gates and a friend Bill Goode, who (along with Barry Gibb) all shared the same initials – B.G. It was Bill Gates who named the group the Bee Gees.

Barry Gibb’s wife Lynda is a former beauty contest winner, holding the title Miss Scotland.

Here’s the most mind-blowing rock trivia fact I’ve learned doing research for this post: Robin Gibb was one of the fortunate survivors of one of the worst train wrecks in England’s history. While fifty-four people died in the crash and more than a hundred were injured, Robin survived completely unscathed!

But their younger brother Andy Gibb who became a star in the late seventies, wasn’t so lucky…

Andrew Roy “Andy” Gibb (5 March 1958 – 10 March 1988) was a British singer, songwriter, performer, and teen idolHe was the younger 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), as well as three other top 20 singles. Gibb’s success was brief, as he battled drug addiction and depression and died just five days after turning 30.

Rock and roll eats its young.

 

 

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