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Definition: Bee Gees from The Macquarie Dictionary

pop group formed in the 1950s by three British-born Australian brothers: Barry Gibb (born 1946), Maurice Gibb (1949--2003), and Robin Gibb (1949--2012).

The Bee Gees , named after the initials `BG', from the Brothers Gibb, began performing after the family migrated to Australia in 1958. Their first album in 1967 was a great success and many hit singles followed in the late 1960s. After a brief split in 1970 the brothers reunited and formed a new band in the mid-1970s. In 1978 their soundtrack album for the film Saturday Night Fever was top of the US charts for 24 weeks. The Bee Gees continued to write and record together and individually throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Summary Article: Bee Gees
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English pop band formed in Brisbane, Australia, in 1958. The Bee Gees' career spanned four decades. Although the band is best known for their much emulated falsetto style in popular disco songs, including ‘Jive Talkin'’ (1975), ‘You Should be Dancing’ (1976), ‘Stayin' Alive’ (1977), and ‘Tragedy’ (1979), the band has covered several other genres, including country and rock.

The band members were Barry Gibb (1946– , vocals and guitar), and twin brothers Maurice Gibb (1949–2003, vocals, keyboards, bass, and guitar) and Robin (1949–2012, vocals) and. In 1958 the Gibb family emigrated from England to Australia, and the group returned to England in the late 1960s, releasing their second album, Bee Gees First, in 1967, followed by Horizontal (1968) and Odessa (1969). The members of the group then worked on different projects, until the release of Main Course in 1975, which saw the band reinvented as a dance outfit, using the now-famous falsetto style of singing for the first time. The success of this album was followed by 1976's Children of the World. In 1977, the band recorded the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever, and the album Spirits Having Flown (1979) was another hit in the same vein. They are also known for producing tracks for other artists, among them Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, and Dolly Parton.

In 1997 the band received a Brit Award for Lifetime Achievement and in the same year were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award followed in 2000.

In the 1980s the band recorded little original material, aside from the soundtrack to the Saturday Night Fever sequel, Stayin' Alive, and the 1987 album ESP. Two final original albums, Still Waters (1997) and This is Where I Came In (2001), achieved significant commercial success.


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