I was reminiscing the other day about Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees and how happy I was that he had come out of his coma and seemed to be doing well. Thank goodness I thought to myself, perhaps they will have yet another career since they have been reincarnated several times and it got me thinking…
How Deep is your Love by the Bee Gee’s became number one in America in 1977. No one would have guessed that it was the song Robin Gibb would request be played at his funeral just this past week. He was 62 and died of cancer. How can we forget how the Bee Gees touched music?
These three brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb were originally from England, and then moved in the late 1950s to Australia where they began to play music. In 1962, the brothers got their first recording contract. They were received well in Australia but never had a hit, so they returned to England where they hit the charts with Spicks and Specks. Their first English recording, New York Mining Disaster 1941, came out in 1967 and it was a hit. As the 60s came to an end they had hits such as Holiday, To Love Somebody, Words, I Started a Joke, Run To Me, and I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.
This brotherly trio used harmonies to make the music stick forever in our minds as they sang ballads that touch not just the heart but also the soul. The Bee Gees were big and in 1969, Robin decided to go out on his own. Of course we know that was not successful but fear not, the brothers had another incarnation and returned with a number one hit How can You Mend a Broken Heart and Run to Me, which came a few years later.
It was quiet for these brothers for a few and in the distance they knew something new was on the horizon and they were about to have great success as the same band but with a drastic new sound known as Disco. In 1976 Jive Talkin’ becomes number. Then a major break happened for the brothers when a movie called Saturday Night Fever came out and the soundtrack produced such hits for the Bee Gees as Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, You Should Be Dancing, Stayin’ Alive and More Than a Woman. It was such an amazing soundtrack that it won the Grammy for Album of the Year and sold more than 15 million copies in the United States.
The 70s was a smash for the Bee Gees. Then the 80s arrived and things slowed down quite drastically so Robin and Barry decided to bark upon a solo career. Sadly, their attempt as solo artists was not successful. That is when Barry Gibb began to work for other artists and he was successful as a producer. They tried again with a few albums, and though the albums received some minor attention, they never reached the success they once had. They did continue to record and perform and remained active until the death of Maurice in 2003.
When I think of the Bee Gees I think of two types of music. They were master balladeers, and disco kings. No matter how you stack the cards, these brothers touched different generations with different styles of music. If you asked me what my favorite Bee Gee song was I would have to go with Words and I Started a Joke. I enjoyed their ballads.
What was your favorite song by the Bee Gees?