There are few names as synonymous to disco music and the 1970’s as the Bee Gees. The Bee Gees, a trio of brothers who could sing falsetto like no band before them were one of the most popular disco bands of the 1970’s. 2010 marks the fifth decade of the Bee Gees and for that reason the remaining members of the group are releasing a four disc commemorative album titled, Bee Gees Mythology. Here is a look at the upcoming Bee Gees album and a look back at this popular disco band.
The Bee Gees – The Beginning
The Bee Gees were comprised of British born but Australian raised brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The youngest brother Andy Gibb is sometimes confused as a member of the group, but he was a solo artist and never a member of the Bee Gees. The Bee Gees first began their recording career in the 1960’s. They became popular singing sensations in Australia while just teenagers, but did their careers did not really take off until they moved back to the United Kingdom. Their first hit was the song “Spicks and Specks” in 1966 which hit the top of the charts in Australia. There first hit in the United States was the 1967 “New York Mining Disaster 1941”.
The Music of The Bee Gees
The Bee Gees hit their stride in the mid 1970’s when they altered their music style to become more soulful. They released the album titled Main Course in 1975 and the single “Jive Talkin” made it to number one on the pop charts. The Bee Gees released albums Children of the World in 1976 and Saturday Night Fever in 1977.
The Bee Gees Become a Sensation with Saturday Night Fever
While the Bee Gees found success with their previous album releases, it was nothing like the success they found with Saturday Night Fever. The Bee Gees had four recordings on the successful soundtrack from the movie of the same name (which also beefed up John Travolta’s career). The album broke all past sales records and the Bee Gees had huge hits with songs “Stayin Alive”, “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love”.
The Bee Gees Success Fades
In 1979, the Bee Gees released the album, Spirits Having Flown. Their 1981 album Living Eyes bombed and the group of brothers faded into the shadows for the next half decade. Their career had a small success in 1987 with the single “You Win Again”, but the big days of the Bee Gees seemed to be in the past.
The Bee Gees Continued to Record Until Tragedy Struck
The Brothers Gibb as the group is sometimes referred continued to record albums. In 1991, they released a successful live album titled One Night Only. Tragedy struck in 2003 with the sudden death of brother Maurice Gibb. Following the death of Maurice, grief stricken brothers Barry and Robin decided to retire the Bee Gees name.
The Bee Gees Today
The Bee Gees recording career, which spans five decades, is one of the longest in music history. Today fans can purchase new Bee Gee’s compilation albums The Ultimate Bee Gees and the soon to be released Bee Gees Mythology. Barry and Robin Gibb recently performed their hit, “How Deep is Your Love” alongside Siobhan Magnus and Aaron Kelly on the 2010 season of American Idol.