Bee Gees

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Bee Gees

Brian Wilson, historical leader of the Beach Boys, a family act also featuring three harmonising brothers add

Category: Music

Born in 1967.

Countries: United States (34%), United Kingdom (24%), (9%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb

Linked to: Warner Music Group, UNICEF, American Broadcasting Company, ABBA




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Bee Gees was born in 1967 add something


This was the first Bee Gees album to have two US top-10 singles since 1968's "Idea" add something


January 1968 began with a promotional trip to United States, Los Angeles Police Department were on alert in anticipation of a Beatles-type reception and special security arrangements were being put in place add something


In 27 February 1968, the band, backed by the 17-piece Massachusetts String Orchestra, began their first tour of Germany with two concerts at Hamburg Musikhalle add something


On 27 March 1968, the band performed at the Royal Albert Hall add something


The band were due to begin a seven week tour of United States on 2 August 1968, but on 27 July, Robin collapsed and fell unconscious add something


Tony Bonner - Bonner recorded a cover version of the Bee Gees song "Wine and Women" in 1968


Kenji Sawada - In 1968, the Bee Gees were commissioned to compose two songs for the band in an attempt at international success


Securitas (Swiss security company) - In addition to a busy Bee Gees concert in February 1968, the "Interessengemeinschaft Telekommunikation und Systeme TUS" was founded; a project of Securitas and the Cerberus company with the business objective of realizing a reliable telecommunications system for alarm and status signals


Vince Melouney - In June 1968, while he was a Bee Gee he wrote and performed "Such a Shame" the song was released on the UK version of the album "Idea" Melouney prefers the Gibson ES-355 and can be seen in several Bee Gees videos and live performances from 1967 to 1968


Vince Melouney - In November 1968, it was reported by the UK music magazine, "NME", that Melouney's final concert with the Bee Gees would be on 1 December, following the end of their current German tour


On 1 December 1969, Barry and Maurice parted ways add something


Barry Gibb - After Robin's temporary departure from the Bee Gees in 1969, Gibb recorded his first solo album "The Kid's No Good" in 1970


Biddu - Biddu's first major success was in 1969, when he produced the song "Smile for Me", performed by The Tigers, who were Japan's most famous band at the time, and written by the Bee Gees


Samantha Sang - By 1969, she had relocated to the United Kingdom, where she worked with the Bee Gees before returning to Australia in 1975


Barry Gibb - In October 1969, he produced the Samantha Sang songs "Please Don't Take My Man Away" and another Bee Gees song "The Day Your Eyes Meet Mine", both songs was not released


After the album was released in early 1970 it seemed that the Bee Gees were finished add something


During the early 1970s, Robin Gibb played piano and violin occasionally, after which, he only played strings and keyboards privately add something


During the late 1970s he played mainly bass guitar add something


For that album, they added drummer Dennis Bryon, and they later added ex-Strawbs keyboard player Blue Weaver, completing the late 1970s "Bee Gees band" add something


The group sang three-part tight harmonies that were instantly recognisable; Robin's clear vibrato lead was a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry's R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the late 1970s and 1980s add something


The three brothers reunited in the later part of 1970 penning a series of songs about heartache and loneliness add something


This production team would carry the Bee Gees through the rest of the 1970s add something


In February 1970 Barry recorded a solo album which never saw official release either, though "I'll Kiss Your Memory" was released as a single backed by "This Time" without much interest add something


Stayin' Alive - As with many other artists during the 1970s, the Bee Gees recorded a majority of the soundtrack in France for tax reasons


Alan Licht - His earliest musical influences, in the 1970s, were mainstream rock bands like the Bee Gees and Wings he remarks in an interview with "Paris Transatlantic" magazine that 'What made me want to play guitar was that painting of Wings in concert in the gatefold of "Wings Over America"


Jo Stafford - She enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity in the late 1970s when she recorded a cover of the Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive" as Darlene Edwards


Lead guitarist Alan Kendall had come on board in 1971, but did not have much to do until "Mr add something


The trio's talents were included in the soundtrack for the 1971 film "Melody" add something


There was a TV special filmed to accompany the album which aired on the BBC in 1971 add something


Vince Melouney - In 1971, he was replaced by Alan Kendall as the lead guitarist, when the Bee Gees were looking for a new guitarist


Robin Gibb - In 1971, the Bee Gees had their first US No.1 hit, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", but after that their popularity started to ebb


In 1972, they hit No. 16 in America with the single "My World" and "Run To Me" from the LP "To Whom It May Concern"; the latter returned them to the British top ten for the first time in three years add something


Maurice Gibb - In 1972, the Bee Gees performed "My World", on that performance, Maurice is playing Gibson EDS-1275


A second compilation album, "Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2" was released in 1973 though it did not repeat the success of Volume 1 add something


By 1973, however, the Bee Gees were in a rut add something


Barry Gibb - In 1973, the Bee Gees' 11th album "Life in a Tin Can" was released, Barry sang the lead on the album's lead single "Saw a New Morning"


Samantha Sang - Her following album "Emotion", although not produced by Barry Gibb, included a version of "Charade", a little-known Bee Gees song from their 1974 album "Mr


Robin Gibb - In 1974, with new producer Arif Mardin, the Bee Gees reinvented themselves with the song "Blue-Eyed Soul"


At Eric Clapton's suggestion, the brothers relocated to Miami, Florida, early in 1975 to record music add something


Following their remarkable run from 1975 to 1979, the act would have only one more top ten single in the US, and that would not come until 1989 add something


Maurice Gibb - On stage he usually played bass guitar, with an additional musician taking bass when Maurice switched to piano. Maurice was less influential in the disco Bee Gees sound of 1975 to 1979, when he played mostly bass guitar


Stephen Stills - Also in 1976, Stills played percussion on the Bee Gees' song "You Should Be Dancing"


Barry Gibb - Also in 1977, Barry takes the lead vocals on the songs "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" both songs were reached No. 1 in the US. In 1979, the Bee Gees' 1979 album "Spirits Having Flown" reached No. 1 in the US, most of the songs were performed by Barry


Mike Marlin - Marlin's first single was a cover of the Bee Gees disco hit "Stayin' Alive" from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever


Samantha Sang - Sang reconnected with the Bee Gees in 1977 and had a number three hit with their song, "Emotion", on the "Billboard" Hot 100 in 1978, which peaked at number two in Australia, and at number eleven in the United Kingdom


Graham Bonnet - The single, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", a cover version of the Bob Dylan song, reached the top five in Australia in 1977, and the following year the single "Warm Ride", written by the Bee Gees, a leftover from the "Saturday Night Fever" sessions, reached number one there


Night Fever - The Bee Gees began recording this song by April 1977 in France and finishing it in September 2015 the same year


At one point in 1978, the Gibb brothers were responsible for writing and/or performing nine of the songs in the Billboard Hot 100 add something


In 1978, following the success of "Saturday Night Fever", and the single "Night Fever" in particular, Reubin Askew, the Governor of the US state of Florida, named the Bee Gees honorary citizens of the state, since they resided in Miami at the time add something


In all, the Gibbs placed 13 singles onto the Hot 100 in 1978, with 12 making the Top 40 add something


In March 1978, the Bee Gees held the top 2 positions on the US Charts with "Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive", the first time this had happened since The Beatles add something


On the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 25 March 1978, five songs written by the Gibbs were in the US top ten at the same time: "Night Fever", "Stayin' Alive", "If I Can't Have You", "Emotion" and "Love is Thicker Than Water" add something


Stayin' Alive - Further demonstrating the Bee Gees's US chart domination in 1978, "Stayin' Alive" was replaced at number one with the group's younger brother Andy Gibb's single, "Love Is Thicker Than Water", followed by the Bee Gees's "Night Fever" for their longest run, seven weeks


Chuck Greenberg (musician) - He began his musical career in the Midwest, including a backup band tour with the Bee Gees, relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1978


Frankie Valli - In 1978, he sang the theme song for the film version of the stage play "Grease", a song written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, which became a number one hit


By the end of 1979, disco was rapidly declining in popularity, and the backlash against disco put the Bee Gees' American career in a tailspin add something


During the summer of 1979, the Bee Gees embarked on their largest concert tour covering the US and Canada add something


The Bee Gees even had a country hit in 1979 with "Rest Your Love On Me", the flip side of their pop hit "Too Much Heaven", which made Top 40 on the country charts add something


Donna Summer - In 1979, Summer performed at the world-televised Music for UNICEF Concert, joining contemporaries such as ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rod Stewart, John Denver, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson for a TV special that raised funds and awareness for the world's children


Jo Stafford - The couple continued to release comedy albums for several years, and in 1979 released a cover of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" as a single, with an Edwards interpretation of Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" as its "B" side


Barry Gibb - After the Bee Gees' 1979 Spirits Having Flown Tour, he started to record demos for Barbra Streisand in October 1979


In 1980 Barry Gibb worked with Barbra Streisand on her album "Guilty" add something


Robin and Barry Gibb released various solo albums in the 1980s but only with sporadic and moderate chart success add something


Richard Curtis - Curtis was the co-writer with Philip Pope of the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs " released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of Bee Gees' disco hits


Peter-John Vettese - In the 1980s he worked with and produced a diverse range of artists including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Go West, Pet Shop Boys, Bee Gees, Cher, Foreigner, Carly Simon and Clannad


In 1981, Conway Twitty's version of "Rest Your Love On Me" topped the country charts add something


In 1981, the Bee Gees released the album "Living Eyes", their last release on RSO. This album was the first CD ever played in public, when it was played to viewers of the BBC show "Tomorrow's World" add something


Don Felder - He worked on The Bee Gees' 1981 album "Living Eyes" as a session guitarist


In 1982, Dionne Warwick enjoyed a UK No. 2 and US Adult Contemporary No. 1 with her comeback single, "Heartbreaker", taken from her album of the same name written largely by the Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb add something


A year later Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers recorded the Bee Gees-penned track "Islands in the Stream", which became a US No. 1 hit and Top 10 in the UK. Rogers' 1983 album, "Eyes That See in the Dark", was written entirely by the Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry add something


Also in 1983, the band was sued by Chicago songwriter Ronald Selle, who claimed that the brothers stole melodic material from one of his songs, "Let It End", and used it in "How Deep Is Your Love" add something


The Bee Gees had greater success with the soundtrack to "Staying Alive" in 1983, the sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" add something


Kenny Rogers - He went on to work with the Bee Gees to record and produce his 1983 hit album "Eyes That See in the Dark," featuring the title track and yet another No. 1 hit "Islands in the Stream," a duet with Dolly Parton


Staying Alive (1983 film) - The soundtrack was released in 1983 and is mainly performed by the Bee Gees


In 1985, Diana Ross released the album "Eaten Alive", written by the Bee Gees, with the title track co-written with Michael Jackson add something


Carola Haggkvist - In 1985, Bee Gees collaborated with her on the album "Runaway", which was written by the Gibb brothers and produced by Maurice Gibb


Robin Gibb - In 1985, he released his fifth solo album "Walls Have Eyes" with the singles "Like a Fool" and "Toys", both songs were not charted in the US or UK. These three albums were more successful in Europe than in the UK or US. In 1986, Gibb joined Thompson Twins, Zak Starkey, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, John Parr and Holly Johnson under the name "Anti-Heroin Project" to record a charity single called "Live-In World", In late 1986, the Bee Gees began to writing and recording songs for their album "E.S.P." to be released in 1987


From about 1986 onward he usually played keyboards and guitars add something


The Bee Gees released the album "E.S.P." in 1987, which sold over 3 million copies add something


Maurice Gibb - In the reunited Bee Gees from 1987 onward, Maurice was the group's resident expert on all technical phases of recording, and he coordinated musicians and engineers to create much of the group's sound


On 10 March 1988, younger brother Andy died, aged 30, as a result of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle due to a recent viral infection add something


Also in the early 1990s, Maurice Gibb finally sought treatment for his alcoholism, which he had battled for many years, with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous add something


In 1993, the group returned to the Polydor label, and released the album "Size Isn't Everything", which contained the UK top five hit "For Whom the Bell Tolls" add something


Merril Bainbridge - The fourth and final song "Sleeping Dogs" was released in Australia in February 1996 and featured Bee Gees song "I Started a Joke" which was used for the bridge of the track


In 1997, they released the album "Still Waters", which sold over four million copies, and reached No.2 in the UK and No.11 in the US. The album's first single, "Alone", gave them another UK Top 5 hit and a top 30 hit in the US. "Still Waters" would be the band's most successful US release of their post-RSO era add something


Graeme Bell - Bell was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame in 1997 alongside The Bee Gees and Paul Kelly


Graeme Bell - He was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame in 1997 alongside The Bee Gees and Paul Kelly


Robin Gibb - In 1997, the Bee Gees were inducted as a group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, US. At the 1997 BRIT *awards held in Earls Court, London on 24 February, the Bee Gees received the *award for Outstanding Contribution to Music


Clive Anderson - In one famous incident in 1997, Anderson interviewed the Bee Gees, and throughout the interview he repeatedly joked about their life and career, ultimately prompting them to walk out


Barry Gibb - When the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, their citation read "Only Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees"


Also in 1998 the brothers recorded "Ellan Vannin" for Isle of Man charities add something


In 1998, the group's soundtrack for "Saturday Night Fever" was incorporated into a stage production produced first in the West End and on Broadway add something


The single was subsequently available as part of the 1999 Bee Gees Stamp issue add something


In October 1999 the Isle of Man Post Office unveiled a set of 6 stamps honouring their native sons' music add something


The Bee Gees closed the decade with what turned out to be their last full-sized concert, known as "BG2K", on 31 December 1999 add something


Vince Melouney - He rejoined the Bee Gees for the One Night Only Concert held in Sydney, Australia in 1999 and rejoined Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs for a tour in 2002/3


In 2001, the group released what turned out to be their final album of new material as a group, "This Is Where I Came In" add something


All three brothers were appointed Commanders in the Order of the British Empire in December 2001 with the ceremony taking place at Buckingham Palace on 27 May 2004 add something


The last concert of the Bee Gees as a trio was at the "Love and Hope Ball" in 2002 add something


Following Maurice's unexpected death in January 2003, Barry and Robin retired the group's name after 45 years of activity add something


Maurice, who had been the musical director of the Bee Gees during their final years as a group, died suddenly on 12 January 2003 at the age of 53 from a heart attack, while awaiting emergency surgery to repair a strangulated intestine add something


On 23 February 2003, the Bee Gees received the Grammy Legend award add something


Alistair Griffin - Already an established songwriter, he first became famous as a solo artist through his appearances on the BBC television show "Fame Academy 2" in 2003, where he was "spotted" and championed by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees


Graham Norton - In 2003, he was the subject of controversy in the United Kingdom when, on his show on Channel 4, he made a comedic reference to the recent death of Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb


Alistair Griffin - These were included in the compilation albums "Fame Academy "Bee Gees Special" and "Fame Academy - The Finalists" released in 2003


Robin Gibb - In August 2003, Gibb announced the release of a new single of "My Lover's Prayer", a song first recorded by the Bee Gees in 1997 on the album "Still Waters", with lead vocals by Gibb and singers Wanya Morris and Lance Bass


Also in 2004, Barry recorded his song "I Cannot Give You My Love" with Cliff Richard, which became a UK top 20 hit single add something


In late 2004, Robin embarked on a solo tour of Germany, Russia and Asia add something


Donna Summer - In 2004, Summer was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame alongside the Bee Gees and Barry Gibb as an artist


Robin Gibb - In 2004, the Bee Gees received their CBEs from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for their "contribution to music"


Robin Gibb - In June 2005, Gibb joined X Factor runner up band G4 at a sell-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London , singing the Bee Gees song "First of May"


In February 2006, Barry and Robin reunited on stage for a Miami charity concert to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute add something


Barry and Robin played at the 30th annual Prince's Trust Concert in the UK on 20 May 2006 add something


Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack) - In 2006, the album was re-released on Reprise Records as part of the Bee Gees' regaining control of their master tapes


Robin Gibb - Also in November 2006, Gibb performed a solo concert, entitled "Bee Gees - Greatest Hits" at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines


Sam Kashner, "Fever Pitch", "Movies Rock" , Fall 2007, unnumbered page add something


Micky Dolenz - On April 25, 2007, Dolenz was featured on "American Idol" on the "Idol Gives Back" episode when the show filmed celebrities singing and dancing to "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees


Robin Gibb - Later in December, Gibb issued another song, "Ellan Vannin ", featuring the King William's College Choir from the Isle of Man. On 8 September 2007, Gibb performed at a concert in Salt Lake City , Utah at EnergySolutions Arena for the Nu Skin Enterprises Covention, singing a set of Bee Gees hits


According to Robin Gibb's website, three more reissues were planned for the 2008 holiday season: "Best of Bee Gees", "Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2" and "Love Songs" add something


Robin Gibb - In 2008 Gibb publicly stated that he continued to get on "like a house on fire" with Blair, and claimed that the Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown regularly listened to the Bee Gees


A Day in the Life - It has been covered by other artists including Sting, Bobby Darin, Jose Feliciano, Wes Montgomery, the Fall, Neil Young, Eric Burdon, Tori Amos, Jeff Beck, the Bee Gees, Robyn Hitchcock, Chris Cornell, Phish and since 2008, by McCartney in his live performances


In 2009 Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again add something


The double album "Odessa" was released on 13 January 2009 in a special 3-disc deluxe edition complete with the original red velvet cover with remastered stereo and mono versions of the album as well as alternate versions and unreleased tracks add something


On 10 July 2009, the Isle of Man's capital bestowed the Freedom of the Borough of Douglas honour on Barry and Robin, as well as posthumously on Maurice add something


On 1 September 2009, Barry's 63rd birthday, he, in an interview with Easy Mix radio host Tim Roxborough, mentioned on the subject of future tours that "they will be back"; but in an agreement with Warner/Rhino they would not make an announcement at that time add something


On 7 September 2009, Robin Gibb disclosed to Jonathan Agnew that he had been in touch with Barry Gibb and that they had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and "perform again" add something


Barry and Robin performed on the BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing" on 31 October 2009 and appeared on ABC-TV's "Dancing with the Stars" on 17 November 2009 add something


On 20 November 2009, the Douglas Borough Council released a limited edition commemorative DVD to mark their naming as Freemen of the Borough add something


Robin Gibb - After Maurice's death, Gibb and Barry again disbanded the Bee Gees; however, in late 2009, the two brothers announced that they would reform and perform again as the Bee Gees whenever they could


Barry Gibb - In late 2009, Barry and Robin announced plans to record and perform together once more as the Bee Gees


As of 2010, it is calculated as the 4th highest-selling album worldwide add something


On 15 March 2010, Barry and Robin inducted the Swedish group ABBA into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


On 26 May 2010, the two made a surprise appearance on the ninth season finale of "American Idol" add something


In October 2010, Robin Gibb was interviewed by the "Daily Mail", and confirmed that the story of the Bee Gees is to be made into a Hollywood movie by Steven Spielberg add something


ABBA - On 15 March 2010, &ABBA (ABBA_(album)) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Bee Gees members Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb


Siobhan Magnus - Magnus returned to the finale of "American Idol" on May 26, 2010 and sang "How Deep Is Your Love" with Aaron Kelly, who were both joined by the Bee Gees


Aaron Kelly (singer) - On the season finale of "American Idol" on May 26, 2010, Kelly sang "How Deep Is Your Love" with Siobhan Magnus, who were both joined by the Bee Gees


On 20 November 2011 it was announced that Robin Gibb, at 61 years old, was diagnosed with liver cancer, a condition he became aware of several months earlier add something - In February 2011 a new advert started featuring Cara singing the track "Chain Reaction", a song that was originally penned by Bee Gees and sung by Diana Ross


Robin Gibb - In September 2011, Gibb recorded the Bee Gees classic "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" with British Army men The Soldiers for a charity single in the UK, the video for which was produced by Vintage TV


Stayin' Alive - In a UK television poll on &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) in December 2011 it was voted fifth in "The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song"


On 13 February 2012, Robin joined British military trio The Soldiers for the Coming Home charity concert at the London Palladium, in support of injured servicemen add something


On 14 April 2012, it was reported that Robin had contracted pneumonia in a Chelsea hospital and was in a coma add something


Although he came out of his coma on 20 April 2012, his condition had deteriorated rapidly, and he died on 20 May 2012 add something


Robin died in May 2012 after a prolonged struggle with cancer add something


Maurice Gibb - His brothers Barry and Robin ceased performing as a group for a time, but later decided to perform occasionally under the Bee Gees banner before twin brother Robin died rather suddenly of liver and kidney failure on 20 May 2012


On 14 February 2013, Barry Gibb unveiled a statue of the Bee Gees, as well as unveiling "Bee Gees Way" , in honour of the Bee Gees in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia add something


In September and October 2013, Barry performed his first solo tour "in honour of his brothers and a lifetime of music" add something


Barry Gibb - Gibb announced plans for a world tour in 2013, starting in Australia, and featuring the Bee Gees anthology set "Mythology"


Eef Barzelay - In 2014 Barzelay recorded a version of Bee Gees's "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" for a fund raising cd titled "More Super Hits Of The Seventies" for radio station WFMU


In 2015, 13STAR Records released a box set "1974-1979" which included the studio albums "Mr add something


Emitt Rhodes - During these sessions, Emitt recorded a cover of the Bee Gees hit "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" for an upcoming tribute album called "'To Love the Bee Gees"', scheduled for release in Fall 2015 by 80 Proof Records and Tapes


In December, 2016, Capitol Records assumed distribution rights for the entire Bee Gees catalog add something


In December 2016, Capitol Records assumed distribution rights for the entire Bee Gees catalog add something


On 27 June 2018, Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, was knighted by Prince Charles after being named on the Queen's New Years Honours List add something