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The Bee Gees Last Member Is Not Stayin' Alive

Updated on May 21, 2012
Robin in his last days
Robin in his last days
Robin (left) and Bee Gees in 1976
Robin (left) and Bee Gees in 1976
The music we remember
The music we remember
The Bee Gees, 1959
The Bee Gees, 1959

Born in England but raised in Australia, one can say it was Australia's most successful rock band. The Bee Gees were three brothers, Robin, Maurice and Andy that initially road the coat-tails of Beatlemania in the late 60's. Their early songs were very Beatle like in harmonies, although, they were more a ballad and slow pop genre.Their early LPs were not that successful, yet as the 60's turn into the 70's and disco fever took hold, their songs in John Travolta's, Saturday Night Fever" put them at the pinnacle of success. They were disco. The most famous of their songs remain, "Stayin Alive", "Jive Talking", "Night Fever" and " You Should Be Dancing". The soundtrack was in the Top 10 for months.

By 1977, dance music, namely disco, had replaced rock. It was a time to shake your booty, not that was always the case at rock concerts, but it was classier. The movie , Saturday Night fever, show cased a young Travolta strutting his stuff that every wanted to emulate on the dance floor. The Bee Gee songs remained instantly recognizable, like many Beatle songs, their sound was distinct. Their songs have had over 6000 cover versions and heard from parties, to wedding receptions, or wherever there is a party or celebration.

Yet despite the fame and riches, the band faced tragedy. The youngest, Andy, who also was a teen idol, dies in 1988, at age 30. Next, Maurice died suddenly from cardiac problems in 2003. Now, the last member, Robin, 62, died from cancer. The sole surviving member is Barry.

Their music is definately "Stayin' Alive".


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    • mrslagibb profile image

      Mrs L A Gibb 5 years ago

      Sure is stayin Alive. Voted up R.I.P Robin Gibb

    • FGual profile image

      FGual 5 years ago from USA

      Another favorite band that brings fond memories. They left us too soon, sadly. Whenever I'm troubled, I think about Stayin' Alive