Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Revue on the Bee Gees!

Yes I decided to do a revue on the Bee Gees this time. I did listen to their music a lot and I had most of their albums. I really like the music, it was like soothing music for me not like at the time the hard rock.

The Gibb brothers are Barry born 1946 he played the guitar and did vocals, then the twins Robin  born 1949 he did only vocals and Maurice born 1949 he played keyboard and did vocals. They did have a younger brother Andy born 1958 and passed away in 1988. Andy had a solo career of singing.

 From 1958 - 2003 they sang as a group. Then from 2009 - 2012 they were active with writing music and solo careers. 

They lived in Manchester England for a few years then they moved to Redcliffe, Queesland Australia. In Australia is when they got their music career started. The record label that they started out with was Festival Records. This was with only a couple of songs then they went to Leedon Records with the Bee Gee name in 1963. While with this record company they had a pop act the hit voice on the albums was Robin's voice.

Then in 1966 the band was on the verge of being dropped from the record company they met Nat Kipner. Nat is a songwriter and producer for Spin Records. Nat made a deal with Leedon Records to put the Bee Gees on his label.

Then in 1967 they auditioned for Polydor Records and signed a five year contract with them. Polydor Records would be the label in the United Kingdom and ATCO would be the distributor on the United States. With this label the Bee Gees have a pop act for their music. In the last 1960's - early 1970's it was Robin's voice with the hits for early music.

The late 1970's that was the prominent time for them to change to the disco music. Then at this time for this type of music it was Barry's voice that was the hit for the music from the late 1970's - the 1980's. In 1978 they co-starred with Peter Frampton in the movie Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band. In 1979 the brothers decided to put all royalties for the song "Too Much Heaven" into a charity called UNICEF. From 1979 - 2007 the royalties totaled more than $11 million dollars. Then the summer of 1979 they did a concert tour called "Spirits Having Flown" tour. They sold out over 38 concerts between the U.S. and Canada.

In the 1980's they would write songs for other singers. Barry was working on a album with Barbara Streisand. The album is called Guilty and they do have a couple of duets on the album. In 1983 they wrote the song "Island In The Stream" for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. This I never knew about. I really like this song very much. They also wrote songs for Dionne Warwick.

1990 they had a boxset come out called "Tales From The Brother Gibbs: A History In Songs" This boxset has rare B-Side, Unreleased tracks and some live music. In 1997 the brother were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by none other than Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. That was an honor in itself to have Brian Wilson induct you.

The biggest tragedy struck the brothers that was Maurice having a heart attack Jan. 12th, 2003. The sad thing is he passed away that day from the heart attack. After that Barry and Robin decided to retire the Bee Gee name because it was meant for the three brothers. On Feb. 23,2003 the Bee Gees received a Grammy Legend Award the people to except the award are Barry, Robin and Maurice's son Adam. In 2004 Robin was touring his solo career in Germany, Russia and Asia. Barry was writing songs for Barbara Striesand's new album.

In Feb. 2006 Barry and Robin reunited for a charity concert in Miami. It was for the Diabetes Research Institute. This was the first public performance since the death of brother Maurice. Then celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Bee Gees they made an appearance on Dancing with the Stars Nov. 17, 2009.  In Oct. 2010 Robin announced that there will be a Bee Gee movie coming out. It will be their life journey with their music. Steven Speilberg will be producing and directing the movie.They also made an appearance on American Idol Season 9 Finale show. They sang "How Deep Is Your Love". If I am right this is the last time that they sang together.

This is another tragedy for the brothers. Robin found out he had liver cancer Nov. 20, 2011. He had to cancel some shows because of the pain and he was losing weight too. On April 14th, 2012 Robin was in the hospital with Pneumonia and went into a coma. He came out of the coma six days later and then he passed away on May 20th, 2012. Rest in Peace Robin we will miss you.

The only living brother is Barry. We know how much he will miss his brothers.

The Bee Gees sold over 200 million records Worldwide.

I found this video and I thought it would be the perfect one. It is the two brothers together and I just think this is an awesome way to close out this post. Please feel free to leave any comments!♥

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