Bee Gees

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The Bee Gees were a pop music band formed in 1958. The band'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 popular music 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 Redcliffe, in Queensland, Australia, and then to Cribb Island. 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 220 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 sudden death in January 2003 at the age of 53, 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 at the age of 62, after a prolonged struggle with cancer and other health problems, leaving Barry as the only surviving member of the group.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1965 The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs 1
1966 Spicks and Specks 4
1967 Bee Gees' 1st 4
1968 Horizontal 5
1968 Idea 4
1969 Odessa 3 7
1970 Cucumber Castle 5 6
1970 2 Years On 3 6
1971 Trafalgar 4
1972 To Whom It May Concern 5 4
1973 Life in a Tin Can 3
1974 Mr. Natural 3 5
1975 Main Course 5 5
1976 Children of the World 4 4
1979 Spirits Having Flown 5 7
1981 Living Eyes 3
1987 E•S•P 4
1989 One 6
1991 High Civilization 4
1993 Size Isn't Everything 2
1997 Still Waters 3 4
2001 This Is Where I Came In 4
2007 Spicks and Specks 1
A Kick in the Head Is Worth Eight in the Pants 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1964 Take Hold of That Star 1
1969 The Best of Bee Gees, Volume 1 1
1969 Best of Bee Gees 3 3
1971 Inception / Nostalgia 1
1973 Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 3 1
1976 Bee Gees Gold, Volume 1 1
1978 Monday's Rain 1
1979 Greatest 5 11
1985 The Bee Gees' History 1
1985 Love From The Bee Gees 1
1988 A Arte de 1
1988 The Best Of 1
1989 Bee Gees Story 1
1990 Tales From the Brothers Gibb: A History in Song 1967-1990 3
1990 The Very Best of the Bee Gees 3 6
1990 Bee Gees 1
1990 Bee Gees 3
1991 Bee Gees Story 1
1992 Success Story 1
1996 The Greatest Hits 1
1997 Brilliant From Birth 1
1997 Best Ballads 1
1999 Tomorrow the World 1
1999 Staying Alive - Best 2
2000 Big Chance 1
2001 Bee Gees 1

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