Barry Gibb was born on September 1, 1946, in Manchester, England. Fraternal brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb were born December 22, 1949 on the Isle of Man. They are three of the five children of bandleader Hugh Gibb and his wife Barbara, a singer. The three brothers first performed in 1955 between movies at a Manchester theater, saying they were influenced most by The Beatles, The Everly Brothers and The Mills Brothers.
The family moved to Australia in 1958. Shortly afterwards the trio had their own television show and took the name The Bee Gees. They recorded their single “Three Kisses Of Love” for Festival Records in 1962. Much of the group’s material was written by Barry Gibb.
In 1966 the Bee Gees returned to England and were immediately signed by producer Robert Stigwood. Their first English record “New York Mining Disaster” reached the top twenty in both the US and UK in 1967. Hits followed, including “Massachusetts” in 1967, “To Love Somebody” in 1967, “I Started A Joke,” “Words” and “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You” all in 1968.
In 1970 “Lonely Days” went gold. “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” in 1971 became their first #1 record on the US Hit Parade with another million seller, “Run To Me”following in 1972.
The Bee Gees moved to America in 1973. In 1974 they adopted a more R&B influenced sound. They recorded the album “Main Course” in 1975. Producer Arif Mardin discovered Barry’s unique falsetto, which he use to good effect on “Jive Talking”, which became their second US #1, with “Nights On Broadway that same year. The following year their “Children Of The World” album contained the hits “You Should Be Dancing”, “Fanny” and “Love So Right”.
In 1977 The Bee Gees contributed to the “Saturday Night Fever” Soundtrack. Their singles “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep Is Your Love”and “Night Fever” from that album each reached #1. The album won a Grammy as Album of the year. In 1979 they had three hits; “Tragedy”, “Too Much Heaven” and “Love You Inside Out” from their album “Spirits Having Flown”. Ten years later in 1989, “One” reaped them still another gold record.
The Bee Gees have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have rivaled them in worldwide sales with thousands of recording artists recording Bee Gees songs. In 1978, the Gibb brothers were responsible for writing and/or performing nine of the songs on the Hit Parade in that year.
Maurice Gibb died in January 12, 2003 at the age of 53 from a heart attack and his brother Robin died on May 20, 2012 in England after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1997 the Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2003, the Bee Gees received the Grammy Legend Award and in 2008 they were inducted in the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.