The Bee Gees

So good together

How Deep is Your Love?


The Bee Gees were three brothers from England named Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. They were from Manchester, England but they moved to Brisbane, Australia; starting their career in music. Their world career began when they went back to England and joined an Australia producer named Robert Stigwood. They gained many awards and success in the record industry for nearly forty years with their three part harmony.

They began to sing in harmonization in the early 1950’s in their hometown. A record was broken by Maurice they were to lip sync to as they were rushing to reach the place they were performing so with no other choice they performed live and got a great response from the audience. This helped the group to realize their true potential. They moved to Australia where they kept singing. They at first called themselves Rattlesnakes, later on as Wee Johny Hayes and then as Bluecats. It was Bill Goode who gave them the name Bee Gees. In 1960 Bee Gees got the chance to sing on television, later on they started singing often on the resorts of the Queensland.

As their audiences grew, Barry's ability of lyric writing got noticed by Col Joye, the first Australian rock and roll singer helping them get a record deal from Festival Records in 1963 under their new name “Bee Gees”. They did a couple of singles in a year based on Barry’s lyrics, “Wine and Women album in ’65 was very popular leading to the release of their first long playing album, The Bee Gees Sings & Plays fourteen Barry Gibb Songs. In 1966 they moved to England while their family remained in Australia. The Bee Gees were not satisfied about their success in England. Their father, Hugh, sent demos to Brian Epstein the director of NEMS, who passed the tapes to Robert Stigwood. They began their work quickly for their first international LP, Stigwood began comparing them with The Beatles. The Bee Gees first British single "New York Mining Disaster1941” went to the top 20 in both UK and US and then To Love Somebody" rose to top 20 in US. The songs all were based on their own lyrics except for "Such a Shame".

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Amazing harmony
Amazing harmony

A jealousy that never died, until he did.

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Robin began to feel that Stigwood liked Barry best making him the leader of the group in 1969, therefore quitting the group and starting on his own, being a big success on his own in Europe. Barry and Maurice continued as the Bee Gees including their sister Leslie to stay a trio. I would love to find a video of that, I never saw their sister and haven’t to this day of the whole family.

A year later though Robin rejoined his brothers and even though they lost their great stardom among the British Audiences, their popularity remained consistent in U.S. The Bee Gees managed to touch number three in U.S with their album "Lonely Days" and album "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" their first U.S. hit number one. They also did the soundtrack for the 1971 movie, Melody”.

In 1987 their album E.S.P. released did a record business selling over three million copies of the album. Bee Gees single, You Win Againgoing to number one in several countries of the world. In 1997 they did a live recital named “One Night Onlyin Las Vegas; over 5 million CD’s of this concert sold around the world.

As most know they have lost Andy and Maurice and I know that pain. (Since this writing; Robin, too.)

I can't begin to explain the love I have always had for the Bee Gees, including Andy, but everyone who knows me knows. I had to hide my Bee Gee music many times from the ones who wanted to hear someone else for awhile. I lived and felt their joys and their pains. It is a love I wish they could know. As I am sure they had from so many like me. Devoted fans.

With brother Andy

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Andy...such a beautiful sweetheart

Their youngest brother, Andy, then became a big hit and although I had only heard it was from drugs it is said he died in 1988 with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection). Possible it was in relation to that. They did an album called “One” dedicated to Andy a year later. He was just so adorable, and I always wondered why his girlfriend at that time did not try to do more to help him with the addictions he was said to have, well actually I heard her say that was why she left him. I could never like her after that, although I can’t lay the blame on her I just think she may have been able to do something. So maybe truthfully I do blame her. If you love someone, you never walk out when they need you. Strangely I have always thought it so strange with Maurice and Robin being twins that Barry and Andy looked so much alike, with so many years between them.

I can only imagine what wonderful music Andy would be doing today if still alive.

Always loved this one!

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Very in-depth

Song they wrote for and did with Celine Dion!

Shocking news

It broke my heart too when Maurice passed away in 2003 just when I was really starting to appreciate him. At times I just could not tell Robin from Barry (voice wise) when they harmonized. My husband who is a musician set me straight when I thought Maurice did not seem to play a very big part in the band, not only to let me know all the instruments he played but his arrangements bringing the whole sound together for a song and then too having me pick up his voice and songs sang by him. They were just all so great. I think too that they probably got into some things they shouldn’t have, in younger years, as the most do for whatever reason (actually they don't deny it) but it didn’t take them long to see what was more important and become very respectful men, besides musicians.

I have heard that Robin and Barry are still doing something. (of course since this writing Robin has passed on.) I know Barry has some terrible back problems but I can’t imagine they will ever lose this one great love. I have never been a musician and I will never lose my love for music, so whether they continue with it or not, it will be in their hearts, always, I am sure and they will never leave the stage in their hearts...nor mine. I fully expect my heaven to have Bee Gees singing. I absolutely love them like no others, they are just so special and I don't just mean their music, I have always just felt a tenderness for them, a special love I cannot explain. I have been a cheerleader of theirs from day one you might say. I am definitely no groupy type and just could never be. I imagine I had as much joy in my heart to see and hear them but I haven't met the person on earth I would act that way over. Besides...I can't scream.

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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Thanks for sharing such a great hub. I love the Bee Gees. =)

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you, so do I!

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

This brings back memories.

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Yes it does, wonderful ones.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Ah so Bill Goode named them - I suppose that is where the Bee Gee came from - his initials. Interesting.

I was such a big fan and always will be. Thanks for this tribute and the lovely photos. What a life!

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you, no actually they were called the 'Brother's Gibb' and then from that to Bee Gees.

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JWim 6 years ago

love the BG's....thanks for the Hub...I used to work on live shows for tv (have kids now, you know what happens...) and we actually had Robin come on and do a few BeeGee's songs and i loved it

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author

Oh wow I bet so, we see them get older and it reminds us we are too, but the memories can take us right back to make us feel young again.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Love the Beegees! Barry looks like my old boyfriend!

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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US Author he single now?...J/K

Bobbie 5 years ago

Love the tribute.. One thing you have wrong... It was Bill Gates -- a Brisbane DJ at the time, not Bill Goode, a Speedway driver in Brisbane,who actually gave the boys their name. I saw, possibly, their last performance in Brisbane, at The Land's Office Hotel, I think in 1966.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Glad you liked it and I will check on that, I am sure you are right, I just looked up the information, I just really loved them, still do and Andy too, I think I have a tribute still here on him. I have taken down hundreds. I have a couple of poems to go with a couple of songs on one of the sites I started and I bet you would be so amazed at one of the songs, it is them with no accent.., hey this is my hub I will leave a link in case you come back! The first one is sort of funny but I love it and the second...well it is beautiful! I know they performed after 66! Unless you mean in Brisbane.

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oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

Pollyannalana. Hi. What a wonderful tribute, you have paid to the Bee Gees.

How deep is your love is a favorite of mine.

Thank you for sharing all this history and information with us.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up. :) :)

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daryl2007 5 years ago

Awesome i like the BeeGees!!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

oliversmum, thank you so much, they were just so special and still are. Thanks for reading!

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Thanks so much daryl, many accused me of overkill at one time since every party or gathering was filled with their music but I could never hear them too much. Thanks for the visit!

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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

I think some of their songs ended up on Saturday Night Fever. Their mellow sound was so distinct, so unforgettable.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Yes, I love them still and I think they might have done the whole Saturday Night Fever music...but I could be wrong. They hit a slight low getting into disco, to me they can do no bad though, lol. Well there is only Barry and Robin now but i think they are still at it, last I heard. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Totally enjoying this Hubpages, Polly. I guess you are a romantic soul and have music in your heart. I did not know all the transitional names of this group, which ended up as the famously named "Bee Gees."

As for blaming another person for the foibles, failures and drug addiction troubles of another, I personally don't know the intimate relationship of two people. Thus, it would not be in my place to put blame. Personally, I believe it must be up to the person to travel the healing journey through their desire to get well. When the other person does not show efforts to travel this hard road, it may be best to leave. As I said, only the involved parties knows the truth.

Thanks for bringing back the memories. Love, Debby

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Thank you Debby Bruck, I guess I just judge by what I would have done and we are all different. Even his brothers did not know the seriousness of it or it possibly could have been different, but that is always after the fact. I am glad you are such a wonderful person, God bless you.

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

I have been and always am an admirer of Bee Gees music. Great hub. Voted up.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Happy to hear that Vellur, they really were so special.

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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

They were great singers. Great hub. God Bless You.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you stars, they really were.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Yeah, Pollyanna, you are so right. I don't think there was ever a more talented and hairy group that ever existed. :0)

I listened to a lot of their music back in the day and Andy's, too. I just think music back then was so much more colorful, crisp, imaginative, creative, fun, thoughtful, and in many ways more innocent.

I think if I had to choose a 5-year music era that I enjoyed the most, it would probably be 1976-1981. And, this was prime-time for the Bee Gees and, a couple of my all-time favorite bands: ABBA and The Little River Band.

Great write-up, Pollyanna - I really enjoyed it and learned a thing or two that I did not know before! :o)

Anyone who likes the Bee Gees gets voted up and awesome.

God's blessings to you and yours - C.J. Sledgehammer

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

God's blessings back at you C.J. Sledgehammer. I liked ABBA too. I read Robin Gibb has been battling cancer and Barry has been having some bad trouble a few years and it is very sad, yet we all have our troubles and it just reminds us we are none immortal, but I do pray God will ease their burdens. Thanks so much for your visit.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

RIP Robin. The twins are now together again. A wonderful tribute to The Bee Gees. I've been a fan for many, many years. If it wasn't for Saturday Night Fever I might have missed out on their fabulous music. Thank you for creating this tribute to the Brothers Gibb:)

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you Sunshine. I loved them and Andy too. They did have a special life and I am sad to see it over. They brought so much happiness and smiles. I hope that will count for something.

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Heaven now adds another Angel to their choir. This was a great hub with lots of info. that I was unaware of. I too, admired the Bee Gee's.

Voting up

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

shiningirisheyes - Thank you so much, it has been here a good while, done as a tribute to them all. I really loved them, still do.

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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

I loved them, too, Pollyanna. I remember the duet Barry did with Barbra Streisand- in fact I still have their Tragedy Album.

There will never be another trio with the blend they had - they were fabulous. This was a nice tribute to them. Voted up.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you Ann, I bet you would love the song they wrote for Celine Dion and did with her! Immortality, please find it and listen, it is sooo good. I had it here but it got an ad...and those can't stay here as you may know.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

I found one! Please watch it, such a fabulous song...and video! Bee Gees are in it.

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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

I love her, too!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Wasn't that beautiful, Ann? At youtube they have one when the Bee Gees first get together with her and Barry cries he is so overwhelmed by what she does for their song. I have watched it countless times and it is really my favorite but I guess you'd say this is the perfected one.

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Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

Her voice so compliments theirs. I will miss the twins. They were truly gifted. To this day, Massachusetts is still my favorite Bee Gees song.

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

I love that too Ann, it would be hard to find a favorite, though I so loved "A Heart Like Mine" so much.

ladyjok 4 years ago

Love the Bee Gees music so much. Every time I go on u Tubes I find another song I have never heard that I fall in love with again after falling in love with the previous new found song!!! I only wish they had kept the name The Brothers Gibb instead of the name Bee Gees. I just think that name is just to corny sounding and left them open for to many people to make fun of them when they did not deserve that!!!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

ladyjok, guess I am use to Bee Gees and the disco gave them a bad name for awhile but they made a fortune with it (Saturday Night Fever) and only the ones laughed who were stupid because it certainly never hurt them and I agree they have so many songs and I love to go searching too. I love the "Size Isn't Everything" album! But I love it all. There will never be another writing singing talent to equal them to me.

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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I love the Bee Gees too. They exploded on the scene back in 1978 when Staying Alive and John Travolta came along. That was the first time I've ever heard of them and loved them even since!

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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thanks EA, it was after that I got to know them but I have been a loyal fan since I discovered them!

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A marvelous tribute to one of my favorite singing groups. Their sound and blend was so unique and spell-binding and their phrasing just brilliant.

Thank you and voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting with sharing.

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Thank you so much Audrey. They are just my all time favorites, I never tire of their music and so tragic three have to be gone so soon.

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RunAbstract 3 years ago from USA

The first time I fell in love, back in the early 70s.... The Bee Gees provided the soundtrack! One of my all time favorite groups!

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Thanks RunAbstract - I was a little later discovering them but they have been my favorite since then!

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mgeorge1050 2 years ago from West Georgia

Great hub, I love the Bee Gees. It is sad that the world has lost two of the brothers and I know they are missed.

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Pollyannalana 2 years ago from US Author

Thanks mgeorge, I know they are too, and if you count Andy it is three gone, I really loved him too. Here such a short time as a performer but so very special! Thanks so much for stopping and commenting.

Rayne123 22 months ago

Hi there

Although I was not a big fan of the bee gees, you are right about their harmonization, and talent.

They are a group from yesteryear , they started with just a song, no you tube or idol shows.

I wrote an article on real, genuine artists of the past, entertainers with real talent. Talent that will never be surpassed today.

Anyway you have facts I did not know. I didn't know about the twins or how they passed.

Thank you for a great hub.



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Pollyannalana 22 months ago from US Author

Thanks Laurie; I dearly love these guys and younger brother Andy too. Such a shame he did not have the career his brothers had although the twins died way too young too. Life plays no favorites and the deaths of these great talents is proof of that.

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