by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of the incredibly gifted Barry Gibb!
Barry Gibb (1 September 1946), along with twin younger brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb, were the Bee Gees. This amazing group of brothers gave us tunes that have echoed across time, and been some of the most memorable in history. While most remember them as the soundtrack for the disco era, today we'll go much farther back (mainly) to the era of the 1967 Summer of Love and 1968 for some of the most amazing and haunting tunes ever crafted, written and sung by Robin, Maurice, and Barry Gibb.
Here’s a bit from Wikipedia:
Barry Gibb is a "Manx" musician, singer, songwriter, and producer who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Bee Gees. He is also the eldest and last surviving Gibb brother. With his younger brothers, twins Robin and Maurice, he formed the Bee Gees, one of the most successful pop groups in the history of music. Their younger brother Andy was also a popular singer. The trio got their start in Australia and found major success when they returned to England.
Born in Isle of Man and raised in Manchester, England, where he formed his first group the Rattlesnakes, but was evolved into the Bee Gees in 1958, when they moved to Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. Known for his high-pitched falsetto singing voice, Gibb shares the record with John Lennon and Paul McCartney for consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones as a writer with six. The book of Guinness World Records lists Barry Gibb as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Paul McCartney. Gibb's career has spanned over fifty years. In 1994, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with his brothers. In 1997, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Bee Gees.
Though Maurice died a while ago, and twin brother Robin left the building last year, the sound of the Bee Gees will echo forever in some of the most deeply moving and memorable songs of the 60s and early 70s.
Unfortunately, some of the best performance clips come from their 1971 live performance at Festival Hall, and all of them have been bombed since last year. So this year we’ll begin with a couple of early performances, and move on from there.
I found some very early clips of the Bee Gees performing on Australian television! First, from 1960, the Bee Gees 1st Television Performance! Here's "Time Is Passing By."
As if they could resist a "song with good atmosphere" (as George Martin put it), here are the boys in 1963 performing the smash Beatle hit Please Please Me."
Also from 1963, the Bee Gees doing the Dylan classic, "Blowin' In The Wind."
From here, back to the band that took the world by storm in the late Sixties and Seventies!
Here’s one of my favorites off the first album, a live performance of the haunting and beautiful “Holiday”
Here they are live at the Beat Club in Germany in 1968, performing their huge hit from the first album “New York Mining Disaster 1941”
Live in 1967, also a huge hit from their first album, “To Love Somebody”Here are a couple of studio pieces from that first album! You can definitely hear the Beatle "Revolver" influence! “In My Own Time” and “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Tell You”
Here's a gem from the "Top Of The Pops" television show in 1967 with the Bee Gees performing their 1968 smash hit from their second album, ”Massachusetts.”
Still rocking strong, a 1971 performance by the Bee Gees doing their gigantic hit, ”Lonely Days.”
Here the Bee Gees do two big ones live in 1975 on the Midnight Special tv show, "Run to me" and "World"
From their later incarnation, the Bee Gees doing a 1989 live performance in Melbourne of "Stayin' Alive." From the same concert, a three song medley of "Too Much Heaven," "Heartbreaker," and "Islands In The Stream." We'll finish this Melbourne show with "Holiday," and "Nights On Broadway." I found the entire concert which I posted below, if you just can’t get enough!
From LA in the 70s, here's "Jive Talkin.'"
From the 1987 Prince's Trust, a live performance of "You Win Again.”
the Bee Gees live performing “Run to Me”
We’ll close today with a couple of complete concerts! First, a 1 hour 47 minute show from Australia! The Bee Gees One for All tour – Melbourne Australia 1989
And here we have a 1 hour 36 minute show in Las Vegas! The Bee Gees One Night Only tour – Las Vegas 1997
It was the world's loss that Barry and Robin decided to dissolve the Bee Gees with the death of Brother Maurice. Since they reconsidered, the world was briefly blessed with more of the amazing songs and performances they've given us for decades. Happy birthday, Mister Barry Gibb, and thanks for all the great tunes across the decades.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson