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THE LOWDOWN: BEE GEES

INARGUABLY THE ISLE OF MAN’S MOST SUCCESSFUL POP ACT OF ALL TIME – SHIFTING MORE THAN 220 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE – THE BEE GEES FIRST FOUND FAME IN THE 60S, BEFORE GOING GLOBAL AT THE HEIGHT OF THE DISCO BOOM THE FOLLOWING DECADE
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The brothers Gibb – Barry, Robin and Maurice – cut their musical teeth as The Rattlesnakes on the Manchester skiffle scene of the mid 50s, having relocated to the north of England metropolis from their native Isle of Man. But it was another move – this time to Australia – that birthed the Bee Gees, and the beginning of a glorious career spanning seven decades. Early triumphs down under included Wine And Women and Spicks And Specks, They returned to Blighty in 1967, at the behest of impresario Robert Stigwood, who, describing them as the year’s “most significant new talent”, signed them to Polydor Records.

Stigwood’s faith in the siblings was validated almost immediately, as New York Mining Disaster 1941 and To Love Somebody both made the lower reaches of the UK chart. Then came Massachusetts, their first No.1, repeated with I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You in 1968. The group were also establishing themselves in the United States; I Started A Joke climbed to No.6 on the Billboard chart. The first half of the 70s was a relatively fallow period at home, although they did secure pole position in the US with How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.

The advent of disco was reflected on their albums Main Course and Children Of The World, both of which featured further American chart-toppers in Jive Talkin’ and You Should Be Dancing. But even this was merely a preamble to the tour-de-force that was Saturday Night Fever. This was the biggestselling soundtrack of all time, and with good reason, too, given the matchless majesty of Stayin’ Alive, More Than A Woman and How Deep Is Your Love. It was the apogee of a movement that would soon be reduced to ashes, literally, as disco records were publicly burned in the US. In the 80s, You Win Again gave the Bee Gees their fifth and final UK No.1 (after Night Fever and Tragedy).

Barry Gibb remains the sole surviving member, following the deaths of Maurice in 2003, and Robin nine years later.

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