The timeless legacy of Bee Gees
May 15, 2020
Barry Gibb / The Bee Gees
They are one of the successful acts of the 60s and mid-1970s when they became prominent performers of the disco music era.
They are Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb, the Bee Gees.
The group was recognizable with their three-part tight harmonies: the clear vibrato of Robin and R&B falsetto of Barry. It became the signature sound of 1970s to 1980s.
They are all known also for their own hits where they were the one who composed it. They were known for writing and producing several major hits of other artists. They are widely known as the Kings of Disco.
The three-piece act had sold about 120 million records across the globe making them as one of the world’s best-selling artists in history of music. They were named as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in 1997. The Hall of Fame citation states that “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.”
Unfortunately, Maurice died in January 2003 at the age of 53. Because of that, Barry and Robins decided to retire with the groups name after 45 years of existence as Bee Gees. Robin died in May 2012 at the age of 62 because of cancer. As of the writing, Barry is the only living member of Bee Gees.
On the year 2013, Barry Gibb said “I want to keep the music alive.” With this statement, he started once again the world tour and discussed about producing a new album.
“I thought, That’s enough now. My bones were creaking, my knees were hurting and with everything that had happened, I thought, maybe it is just time to be Grandad and not worry about it anymore. But music must be played, and I wanted to keep the music alive,” Barry said.
The Bee Gees no longer exist. He once recounted what he and Robin planned of reviving the Bee Gees before. “Robin would ring me up and say: ‘We’ve got to do this tribute to Queen show’ or whatever, we’ve got to do this and that and I could tell by talking to him that it wasn’t him that had had the idea we should do this. I knew it was someone else because I know Robin better than anyone else does. I knew he was not up to it. I’d noticed that when he was doing live shows, he’d started lowering all the keys he sang in, so that was another sign for me: there’s something wrong, Rob, even if you’re not telling me what it is.”
“I’ve got to a point in life where you’ve got to be philosophical about everything… It does not matter. What matters is that you love the songs you did; you love them yourself,” Barry added.
Bee Gees’ legacy, indeed, is timeless.