(New Musical Express, November 14th 1970)

Transcript by Anne Marie

The Bee Gees first public appearance broke records quite literally. For ten year old Barry dropped the 78 rpm disc of ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ as they stood nervously backstage at their local theatre, in Chorlton-cun-Hardy.

So instead of a mimed version of the Everley Brothers hit, they accompanied themselves with two toy banjos and a real guitar, and sang themselves. Without a doubt they were awful.

Maurice, then only seven years old, dimly recalls “We were terrible, but not discouraged. The manager gave us a shilling each and told us to come back next week when we were better organised”.

Dawned the day and The Blue Cats (or sometimes it was The Rattlesnakes), handclapped and harmonized their way through “That’ll Be The Day”. The audience were delighted, and the Manchester Evening News even found space to report on the child prodigies.

Two years later, in 1958, they were on their way to Australia, the land of opportunity. So it proved to be for the Gibbs, and in 1960 they were starring in their own series of 30 minute Tv shows.

Bit it was not until 1963 that their first record written by them also was released “Three Kisses Of Love” broke straight through to the charts.

Hits followed hit and hit and in 1965 they capped their achievements with a hat-trick of No1 smashes “Wine And Women”, “I Was A Lover And Leader Of Men” and “Spicks And Specks”.

At the end of that twelve month period they won the title of “Best Group in Australia”” and decided to leave for England

In London they linked up with Aussies Colin Petersen and Vince Melouney and released their own recording of a song that they wrote sitting on the back stairs of the Polydor Records building

That was “New York Mining Disaster 1941” still rightly regarded as one of the classic pieces of pop music.

The rest is history. A year after their meeting with Robert Stigwood they had been voted by the British public as the Brightest Hope for the Future, had five gold discs to their name.

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