With the death of the penultimate “Bee Gees” Robin Gibb, who died of cancer on May 20, 2012, at the age of 67, the band, which became world-famous with hits like “Stayin ‘Alive” and “Massachusetts,” is finally in went down in music history. The name finding of the “Bee Gees” stands for the “Brothers Gibb”. There were four of the brothers in total and one sister. The brothers were Robin, Maurice, Barry, and Andy, the latter becoming known as a solo artist.
In 2003, twin brother Maurice (1949-2003) died of intestinal obstruction. Even further back, in 1988, Andy Gibb (1958-1988) succumbed to heart failure shortly after his thirtieth birthday, probably due to drug and alcohol addiction. With Robin, another of the talented brothers left, so that as a band, they now live on in their fans’ hearts through their records and music alone.
As the most successful family band globally, the “Bee Gees” have made a name for themselves in the pop History made. They were in the music business for half a century and shaped the seventies’ disco era with their falsetto singing, with several songs outlasting the time. They sold more than 200 million albums successfully, both as a band and in solo appearances.
Her career began very early. The brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice performed in Australia as a children’s band. There they grew up on the Isle of Man. The brothers’ mother was a singer. The father conducted an orchestra. When the parents returned to Great Britain, the “Bee Gees” met manager Robert Stigwood, who was well aware of the band’s potential. A contract with “Polydor” was signed, and several successful albums soon followed, which established the “Bee Gees” in their musical greatness. The film “Saturday Night Fever” in particular enabled them to achieve great success, for which they provided the soundtrack.
The oldest of the brothers is Barry. On September 1, 1946, he was a born and guitarist with the “Bee Gees”. Barry can be heard on most of the band’s songs. He also composed and produced various albums, including a successful one by Barbra Streisand or his youngest brother Andy Gibb. Barry has been married to Ann Gray since 1970. The couple has five children.
In 1949 the twins Maurice and Robin Gibb were born. Maurice liked to stay in when performing Background, playing keyboards and bass while his twin brother Robin stormed the stage and excelled as the lead singer. Maurice was initially married to the singer Lulu until the marriage failed. In 1975 he gave Yvonne Spenceley the yes-word, with whom he had two children. He died in Florida on January 12, 2003.
Robin sang and composed most of the band’s songs. He was just as successful as a solo artist as with the “Bee Gees”. The hit “Juliet” made it into the charts worldwide. He married Molly Hollis, a secretary with whom he had two children. The marriage lasted until 1980. He married Dwina Murphy Gibb again, with whom he had a son. Robin also had an illegitimate daughter with the former domestic worker Claire Yang.
After his brother Maurice died, the same affliction plagued him. He underwent an operation on the intestine in 2010 and fell ill again in 2011, more severe, with liver cancer. At the beginning of 2012, he believed he had overcome cancer. Unfortunately, that was not the case. He died in May of the same year after his last concert in London.
The “Bee Gees” didn’t always have harmonious times. As a result of a dispute, it crashed in 1969 and The brothers devoted themselves to a solo career for fifteen months. The reconciliation quickly followed, and the “Bee Gees” went on tour again. Their hits were catchy tunes and were covered by several well-known musicians, including Janis Joplin and Elvis.
With her move to the USA, where the disco fever was raging, her success was sealed. The soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever” sold more than 40 million copies and immortalized the band. Successful albums such as “Spirits Having Flown” followed, and, as a comeback in the late eighties, the album “One” with the hit “You Win Again” followed.
In the late nineties, the “Bee Gees” went on a world tour and sang their hits that had become timeless. Robin Gibb ironically described himself and the band as a “Rolls-Royce of boy groups”. With Maurice’s death, Barry and Robin no longer wanted to perform under the name “Bee Gees”. Barry produced various albums by other musicians. Robin went on solo tours until his death.
What remains is the music of the “Bee Gees”, which survived an entire epoch and demonstrated pop culture’s spirit. It shaped the sixties, the disco era, and the nineties and still proves to be popular with many radio stations as oldies.