Bee Gees

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The Bee Gees were a Disco / Rock music group that was formed in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a rock act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the late 1970s. The group sang recognisable three-part tight harmonies; Robin's clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry's R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the late 1970s and 1980s. They wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.

Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England, until the late 1950s, and formed The Rattlesnakes. The family then moved to Cribb Island, in Queensland, Australia, and then Redcliffe. After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with "Spicks and Specks" (their 12th single), they returned to the UK in January 1967 where producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience.

The Bee Gees have sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; the presenter of the award to "Britain's first family of harmony" was Brian Wilson, historical leader of the Beach Boys, a "family act" also featuring three harmonising brothers. The Bee Gees' Hall of Fame citation says "Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees."

Following Maurice's death in January 2003, Barry and Robin retired the group's name after 45 years of activity. In 2009 Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again. Robin died in May 2012 after a prolonged struggle with cancer.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1964 Take Hold of That Star 1
1965 The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs 1
1966 Spicks and Specks 1
1967 Bee Gees' 1st 3
1968 Horizontal 3
1968 Idea 3
1969 Odessa 3 6
1970 Cucumber Castle 5
1970 2 Years On 3 6
1971 Trafalgar 4
1972 To Whom It May Concern 3
1973 Life in a Tin Can 2
1974 Mr. Natural 3 4
1975 Main Course 5 4
1976 Children of the World 4 3
1979 Spirits Having Flown 5 5
1981 Living Eyes 3
1985 Love From The Bee Gees 1
1987 E-S-P 4
1989 One 6
1991 High Civilization 4
1993 Size Isn't Everything 2
1995 Christmas (Bootleg) 1
1997 Still Waters 3 3
1998 One Night Only 1
2001 This Is Where I Came In 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1969 The Best of Bee Gees, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1969 Best of Bee Gees Compilation 3 3
1973 Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 Compilation 3 1
1976 Bee Gees Gold, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1978 Monday's Rain Compilation 1
1979 Greatest Compilation 5 11
1988 A Arte de Compilation 1
1989 Bee Gees Story Compilation 1
1990 Tales From the Brothers Gibb: A History in Song 1967-1990 Compilation 3
1990 The Very Best of the Bee Gees Compilation 3 4
1990 Bee Gees Compilation 1
1990 Bee Gees Compilation 3
1991 Bee Gees Story Compilation 1
1993 Spicks and Specks Compilation 1
1996 The Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1997 Brilliant From Birth Compilation 1
1997 Best Ballads Compilation 1
1999 Tomorrow the World Compilation 1
1999 Staying Alive - Best Compilation 2
2000 Spicks and Specks Compilation 1
2001 Their Greatest Hits: The Record Compilation 3 6
2003 Unforgettable Hits Compilation 1
2003 Spicks & Specks: Leader Compilation 1
2004 Number Ones Compilation 6

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