The iconic pop band known as the Bee Gees
started making music in 1958. The original members were brothers Barry, robbin, and Maurice Gibb were all born on the Isle of Man and grew up in Chorlton, Manchester, England. The boys formed their first rock and roll band in 1955 called the Rattlesnakes. The group was one of the few ’60s to successfully reinvent their music from the doo-wop sound of that era into the incredible disco sound of the 70s for which they are best known. Since their formation, the Bee Gees have gone on to sell over 120 million records worldwide, a figure that makes them among the best selling recording artists of all time! In fact, so far, only The Bettles, Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, and Michael Jackson have outsold the Bee Gees.
And at the 2017 Grammy Awards, the band was honored with a special tribute concert. Artists such as Andra Day, John Legend, Celine Dion, and Keith Urban were there to perform some of the Bee Gees’ greatest hits. Barry Gibb, the last surviving Bee Gees band member was in attendance. While over the years, the band enjoyed many ups and endured its fair share of downs, the three brothers were able to remain close until the very end. On January 12, 2003, Maurice Gibb died of a sudden heart attack while awaiting surgery. Years later, on May 20, 2012, Robin would pass away after suffering liver and kidney failure due to his battle with liver cancer. The night was bitter-sweet for Barry, and when Keith Urban began to perform their hit song ‘To Love Somebody,” you could see all the emotions spilling over from the surviving band member’s heart.
The incredible legacy that the Bee Gees left in the music industry counties to live on as generations of new artists continues to be inspired by their music.
You can see Keith Urban’s entire heartfelt performance as well as Barry’s emotional reaction in the video below.