37 Facts About Bee Gees


Bee Gees were a music group formed in 1958, featuring brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

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The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists and have been regarded as one of the most important and influential acts in pop music history.

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Bee Gees have sold over 120 million records worldwide, making them among the best-selling music artists of all time.

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In 1962 the Bee Gees were chosen as the supporting act for Chubby Checker's concert at the Sydney Stadium.

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Stigwood proclaimed that the Bee Gees were "The most significant new musical talent of 1967", thus initiating the comparison of the Bee Gees to the Beatles.

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Around the same time, the Bee Gees turned down an offer to write and perform the soundtrack for the film Wonderwall, according to director Joe Massot.

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The Bee Gees felt "The Singer Sang His Song" was the stronger of the two sides, an opinion shared by listeners in the Netherlands who made it a No 3 hit.

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Bee Gees was admitted to a London nursing home for nervous exhaustion, and the American tour was postponed.

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Bee Gees's parts were edited out of the final cut of the film and Pentangle drummer Terry Cox was recruited to complete the recording of songs for the album.

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Live, the Bee Gees agreed with Stigwood to participate in the creation of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

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Such was the popularity of Saturday Night Fever that two different versions of the song "More Than a Woman" received airplay, one by the Bee Gees, which was relegated to an album track, and another by Tavares, which was the hit.

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In March 1978, the Bee Gees held the top two positions on the US charts with "Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive", the first time this had happened since the Beatles.

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Bee Gees won five Grammy Awards for Saturday Night Fever over two years: Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, two awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices for "Stayin' Alive".

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Bee Gees co-starred with Peter Frampton in Robert Stigwood's film Sgt.

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In January 1979, the Bee Gees performed "Too Much Heaven" as their contribution to the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly.

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The Bee Gees produced a video for the title track "Too Much Heaven", directed by Miami-based filmmaker Martin Pitts and produced by Charles Allen.

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Bee Gees even had a country hit in 1979 with "Rest Your Love on Me", the flip side of their pop hit "Too Much Heaven", which made the top 40 on the country charts.

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Bee Gees co-produced, and wrote or co-wrote all nine of the album's tracks .

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In 1981, the Bee Gees released the album Living Eyes, their last full-length album release on RSO.

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Year later, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers recorded the Bee Gees-penned track "Islands in the Stream", which became a US and Australian No 1 hit and entered the Top 10 in the UK.

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Bee Gees had greater success with the soundtrack to Staying Alive in 1983, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever.

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At first, the Bee Gees lost the case; one juror said that a factor in the jury's decision was the Gibbs' failure to introduce expert testimony rebutting the plaintiff's expert testimony that it was "impossible" for the two songs to have been written independently.

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The single was a disappointment in the US, charting at No 75, and the Bee Gees voiced their frustration over American radio stations not playing their new European hit single, an omission which the group felt led to poor sales of their current album in the US.

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The Bee Gees later got together with Eric Clapton to create a group called 'the Bunburys' to raise money for English charities.

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At the 1997 BRIT Awards held in Earls Court, London on 24 February, the Bee Gees received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

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On 14 November 1997, the Bee Gees performed a live concert in Las Vegas called One Night Only.

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Bee Gees closed the century with what turned out to be their last full-sized concert, known as BG2K, on 31 December 1999.

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On 23 February 2003, the Bee Gees received the Grammy Legend Award, they became the first recipients of that award in the 21st century.

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Bee Gees had become noticeably thinner in previous months and had to cancel several appearances due to severe abdominal pain.

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An as-yet-untitled biopic about the Bee Gees is in development at Paramount, with Kenneth Branagh directing and Barry Gibb serving as an executive producer.

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Bee Gees were influenced by the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, the Mills Brothers, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, the Beach Boys and Stevie Wonder.

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Kevin Parker of Tame Impala has said that listening to the Bee Gees after taking mushrooms inspired him to change the sound of the music he was making on his album Currents.

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Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music.

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In 2009, as part of the Q150 celebrations, the Bee Gees were announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for their role as "Influential Artists".

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Bee Gees were inducted in 1994 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as Florida's Artists Hall of Fame in 1995 and the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.

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On 15 May 2007, the Bee Gees were named BMI Icons at the 55th annual BMI Pop Awards.

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On 27 June 2018, Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, was knighted by Prince Charles after being named on the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

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