Three brothers from Manchester England -- Robin, Maurice and Andy Gibb -- formed the Bee Gees. The brothers moved to Australia and formed the successful pop band, which spanned four decades and sold over 200 million records worldwide throughout its career. The group is most famous for its disco hits of the 1970s, including "Stayin' Alive," "How Deep is your Love" and "Jive Talkin'," although the group also released many hits prior to its foray into disco music.Continue Reading
The Bee Gees' band name is short for "The Brothers Gibb," and the band performed under this name during its time in Australia, where it was popular on local radio and television stations. In 1966, the group decided to return to England, which had become the epicenter of popular music due to the success of the Beatles. The group changed its name to the Bee Gees and recorded several albums before splitting up due to disagreements over the direction of the band.
The brothers decided to get back together in 1970, and the group recorded the massive hit "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" before delving into its famous disco sound of the "Saturday Night Fever" era. The group remained active until 2003, when Maurice died of cardiac arrest, and the remaining brothers decided to no longer perform as the Bee Gees.Learn more about Art & Literature