August 5, 1989 |
As eerie blue light spread over the crowd and spidery lasers swept the stage of the Mann Music Center last night, the Bee Gees appeared in silhouette, like visitors from another planet. Then the distant superstars launched into a lightly rocking new tune - "Ordinary Lives. " After the glittery pomp of the trilling trio's arrival, this forgettable profession of being "ordinary people leading ordinary lives" was wildly inappropriate, a backhanded insult unfortunately missed by the real ordinary people who turned out to support the threesome.
January 8, 2016
Robert Stigwood, 81, the impresario who managed the Bee Gees and produced 1970s blockbusters Grease and Saturday Night Fever , died Monday. Born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1934, Mr. Stigwood moved to Britain in the 1950s and soon became an astute player in Britain's embryonic rock music industry. In the 1960s, he managed rock group Cream and its guitarist Eric Clapton before signing brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, collectively known as the Bee Gees, whose melodic folk-rock achieved late-'60s success before a career slump.
January 13, 2003 |
Maurice Gibb, one-third of the singing group the Bee Gees, whose songs provide a soundtrack of the disco era, died of cardiac arrest yesterday just before he was to undergo emergency surgery for a blocked intestine at a Miami Beach, Fla., hospital. He was 53. Mr. Gibb was part of one of the most resilient and prolific outfits in the history of popular music - a trio known for its pealing harmonies that sold millions of records, had nine No. 1 songs, netted seven Grammy Awards, and numbered among a handful of acts to make important contributions in several musical styles over three decades.
May 22, 2012 |
LONDON — With his carefully tended hair, tight trousers, and perfect harmonies, Robin Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, defined the disco era. As part of the Bee Gees — short for the Brothers Gibb — they created dance-floor classics like "Stayin Alive," "Jive Talkin'," and "Night Fever" that can still get crowds onto a dance floor. The catchy songs, with their falsetto vocals and relentless beat, are familiar pop-culture mainstays. There are more than 6,000 cover versions of the Bee Gees' hits, and they are still heard on dance floors and at wedding receptions, birthday parties, and other festive occasions.
February 4, 2007 |
To rock boys coming of age in the late '70s and early '80s, the brothers Gibb were known primarily as the fey, toothy, Members Only-jacketed target of the Disco Sucks backlash that greeted the blockbuster sales and grating ubiquity of their Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. But unbeknownst to many, the Bee Gees also had an amazing career in the '60s, creating deathless psychedelic-pop singles and ambitious album-length statements that explored complex themes and experimented with all manner of instrumentation and orchestral arrangements.
March 11, 1988 |
Andy Gibb, 30, who followed his brothers, the pop group the Bee Gees, to stardom but saw his career falter after he became heavily involved with drugs, died yesterday. Mr. Gibb died at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, 50 miles northwest of London, at 8:45 a.m., a hospital statement said. The cause of death was not immediately announced. Press Association, the domestic British news agency, said Mr. Gibb was admitted to the hospital Monday, discharged, and then readmitted Wednesday night after complaining of stomach pains.
May 16, 2014 |
For all his accomplishments, there are things Barry Gibb has never done. As one-third of the Bee Gees, Gibb wrote, alone or with brothers Maurice and Robin, British psychedelia, pop, theatrical ballads, blue-eyed soul, disco smashes, and Euro-house. He wrote hits for brother Andy Gibb, Dionne Warwick, Barbra Streisand, and "Islands in the Stream" for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Despite mega-success and tenure in the music biz, Gibb, 67, has had shockingly little opportunity to express himself apart from the Bee Gees: one solo album, Now Voyager , and two albums that he wrote for Streisand, Guilty and Guilty Pleasures . He recorded a baroque-pop effort, 1970's The Kid's No Good , that was shelved, with another unreleased solo, Moonlight Madness , and morphed into a soundtrack for the film Hawks . He has performed solo only infrequently.
May 22, 2014 |
'The City of Brotherly Love!" Barry Gibb announced Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center: "I know all about that!" The "Mythology Tour" is his first since the 2012 death of brother Robin. Barry, the oldest, is now the sole surviving Bee Gee. It's apparently easy to make fun of the Notorious BG - many people do. But jokes at the expense of his once-elegant coiffure, satin tour jacket, and flaring temper obscure a point so obvious it is rarely made: Gibb is the greatest songwriter of the modern pop era, adept in almost any genre, among its ablest chroniclers of the extremes of romance.
August 21, 1994 |
It's early in the morning when Prisoner C89262 is ushered quietly into a sparsely furnished meeting room in the administrative wing of the California Men's Colony here. He wears a light blue nylon jumpsuit, prison-issue, and his whitening hair spikes up a little from a soon-to-be-renewed burr cut. Although a bit haggard, he is pleasant-looking, even handsome. His first visitor in . . . two years? Three? Five? He's not certain, but he does know that in his 11 years of incarceration here and elsewhere, he hasn't seen more than a half-dozen people from the outside.