I just wanted to post a bit about Robin Gibb who died this past weekend. There is only one member of the Bee Gees left and disco music is long a thing of the past. However, the Brothers Gibb (BG’s) have given us some wonderful songs. If you think you don’t like the Bee Gees, please read on.
I remember when my husband and I started dating back in the 1970s, I was appalled that he liked the Bee Gees. They just were not cool enough for me. (They did wear some horrible outfits.) I was into more alternative rock (now called classic rock) and had a difficult time adjusting to the fact that he liked something so sappy. Somehow I got over this major stumbling block to our relationship and married him anyway.
As time passed, we were busy raising our family and music seemed to fade into the background more. As our kids became teens I started listening to the Bee Gees for some reason. A connection? Could be. The more I listened to them, the more I liked them. Pretty soon the family, including my husband, would protest if I wanted to play Bee Gees in the car on road trips. The usual cry was, “No more Bee Gees!” I guess I earned my uncool parent badge that way if I hadn’t already earned it. I didn’t care. I loved the harmonies and the falsettos that reached to the heavens.
They wrote so many songs that others recorded, like “Islands in the Stream” sung by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers. The theme song to Grease was written by the Bee Gees. Hip-hop artists have sampled Bee Gees songs. The Bee Gees have won over 109 music awards. I guess they are cool enough. I’m just grateful for their talent. Even if they did have some unfortunate outfits in the 70’s. Hey, we’ve all been fashion victims at one time or another!
No matter what kind of music you like, give a few of these songs a listen. You might be surprised as I was to find some great sounds.
Here they are rocking it out on “Nights On Broadway” with very little falsetto, proving they can sing great with their regular voices too. I have a hard time not getting up and dancing to this one. Robin is the one not playing an instrument.
“One” has such smooth harmony with gorgeous simple lyrics. The back beat is more like in “Jive Talk” so it’s the perfect Bee Gees song. Click here to hear it. I wish I could go to sleep listening to this.
This is my favorite: “Too Much Heaven.” It takes you into the ether.
Thanks to the Brothers Gibb, for all their talent and care. Robin and Maurice are gone now, leaving just Barry. Their youngest brother, Andy, passed away just before he was to join the group. May they rest in peace.
For more about the Bee Gees, click here for a good article at Wikipedia.
PS We lost Donna Summer this week also. The Queen of Disco had a great voice with a wonderful tone. RIP Donna. Here she is with Barbra Streisand singing “Enough Is Enough.” What a talent.