If you have listened to the podcast this week with our good buddy Dean Delray, then you are aware that both Dean and Dan share a love for the musical group THE BEE GEES. Yes, Dean and I are hardcore BEE GEES fans! What the fuck, you might ask yourself, but the work speaks for itself. As I said on the podcast, if you can’t hear the pure power of the master songwriting in the Bee Gees, then I am not interested in talking tunes with you (maybe when you get your head out of your ass, we can revisit this topic) – DAN
The Bee Gees are a pop music group 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 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.
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 Bee Gees’ Hall of Fame citation says “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.” Thats a pretty good class to be part of if I dont say myself!
At one point in 1978, the Gibb brothers were responsible for writing and/or performing nine of the songs in the Billboard Hot 100. In all, the Gibbs placed 13 singles onto the Hot 100 in 1978, with 12 making the Top 40. The Gibb brothers are fellows of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). At least 2,500 artists have recorded their songs.Their most popular composition is “How Deep Is Your Love”, with 400 versions by other artists in existence.
Among the artists who have covered their songs are Michael Bolton, Boyzone, Eric Clapton, Billy Corgan, Destiny’s Child, Faith No More, The Flaming Lips, John Frusciante, Al Green, Engelbert Humperdinck, Elton John, Tom Jones, Janis Joplin, Lulu, N-Trance, Pet Shop Boys, Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, Percy Sledge, Robert Smith, Status Quo, Steps and Take That.