was having breakfast after a night out. He was bleary-eyed when he popped a crumpet into the toaster at
his North Street, Ashby, home on Saturday morning.
At first, staring through the haze, Mr Garrod thought that the
crumpet was emblazoned with the image of Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb.
However, the 31-year-old was amazed when his younger brother,
Elliott, pointed out that in fact, the face of Christ had been burned into
the 37p crumpet.
He said: "When it popped up, my brother said 'that one
looks like Jesus'. I thought it looked like Barry Gibb at first, but later
it started to look Jesus.
"My dad asked me if it was a Sunblest product and said he
had had the Pope on the phone."
(Posted by Dan Smith / Sarah Hutchinson and Aisha McFee. Source: Burtonmail)
|THE BEE GEES AND
The Japanese market is a difficult one for foreign singers. In fact only twelve
non-Japanese acts have had No 1 singles in the Japanese charts. Guess who were the first
ones to achieve it?... The Bee Gees with 'Massachusetts' on April 1, 1968 (517,000 copies
sold). Two soundtracks with Bee Gees songs have also reached the No 1 spot in the Japanese
album charts: Melody (169,000) and Saturday Night Fever (499,999)
|EAT AT BEE GEES
There are quite a few places called Bee Gees in the USA:
Gees Restaurant, 9025 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas
- Bee Gees Restaurant, 1105 Baltimore Ave, Albertville, Alabama
- Bee Gees Restaurant,
14721 Sherlock Drive, Addison, Texas
- Bee-Gees Café, 623 E Hurst Blvd, Hurst, Texas
- Bee Gee's Restaurant, 1017 E Pine St, Central Point, Oregon
Gee's Restaurant, 1900 NW 6th Street, Grants Pass, Oregon
Gees House, 312 49th Avenue, North Cherry Grove Section, North Myrtle Beach, South
|ELTON JOHN AND ROBIN
When Elton John was interviewed on Steve Wright's BBC2 radio show (Nov 2004) he said
he found it tricky recording Robin Gibb's "Saved By The Bell" because of Robin's
vocal style. (Posted by Austin Stewart)
|THE BATLEY VARIETY
The Yorkshire mill town of Batley became the most unlikely place to stage stars of
worldwide fame, in a venue called Batley Variety Club, which opened in 1967 and became the
biggest entertainment venue in the north of England. The A653 Bradford Road soon took on
the glamour of Broadway, as its owner Jimmy Corrigan drove stars like Shirley Bassey,
Louis Armstrong, Jayne Mansfield, Roy Orbison, and... the Bee Gees. And it was at the
Batley where Maurice Gibb met his wife Yvonne when the Bee Gees played there in 1974.
(Posted by Susan Caputto)
|BEE GEES and HOWARD
November 2, 1993. Howard Stern interviews The Bee Gees and asks them about their breakup
in 1981. Mo says they produced other people like Barbara Streisand and Dionne Warwick.
Stern asks Barry if 'you got her?' in reference to Barbara. Barry says 'What do you mean,
I got her?'. Stern says 'You know what I mean!!', 'I thought you were getting it on with
her'. Lots of laughing go on and all the brothers talking at the same time. Barry keeps
saying she's a 'classy' lady. Stern jokes about her nose and says Barry is an attractive
guy and can do better than Barbara.
Subject rolls around to when they reached their utmost fame period and Stern asks if
they've cheated on their wives. He directs the question at Barry first and he answers that
he's been married 25 years and has not been unfaithful. He goes on to say that his entire
family goes with him everywhere they go. He then asks Robin if he's cheated on his wife.
He says he did on his first wife all the time but not on the current one. This is when he
goes on about their triangle relationship ~Robin, his wife and his wife's girlfriend; he
says that he's happy, it works, she's fine, and so is she and they all get along and live
together, at times Robin must leave the room to leave them alone so he can 'rest'. Stern
says he's envious and wants that kind of life but his wife wouldn't go for it. Stern then
asks how their mother accepts this. Barry comments it's the 90's and she's 'with it'.
Stern asks if Dwina and the friend come to family functions, etc. Robin says 'of course'.
The subject matter shifts and they discuss the 'Size Isn't Everything' CD. Stern says
they've appropriately given the CD this name since they are one track minded. Barry
explains there's other reasons for the title. Stern gets an open to door and boldly asks
'Who is the biggest Bee Gee?' Stern then comments 'I think Robin is!' (still joking about
the triangle situation). Robin says something about large feet and that Mo is the biggest.
Barry giggling as usual. Stern says 'So Mo is the biggest Bee Gee!'. Robin says 'He likes
to think so'. They all laugh.
Keppel Road is the name of the road in Chorlton-cum-Hardy (Manchester) where the
Gibb family lived in 1956-8. It was in their house at 51 Keppel Road where the
brothers started harmonising.
In 1996 the brothers and their mother Barbara visited Keppel Road to film a
South Bank Show special on their lives and met up with the then owner John Nono. Barry
Gibb asked him if he was interested in selling it, but John Nono had no desire to do so
However, a few years later John Nono decided to put the house in the market and emailed
Barry to see if he was interested. And this is how Barry ended up buying the house in
2002. The house in now rented to students.
(Source: Manchester Online)
|THE BEE GEES and THE
The Bee Gees song 'Stayin' alive' has been played in two episodes of The
Simpsons : 'Bart's Girlfriend' and 'The Two Mrs Nahasapeem-apelitons'. In another
episode, 'Two Bad Neighbors,' Homer sings 'Stayin alive' with different words: "Ah ah
ah ah Table Five, Table Five / Ah ah ah ah Table Fiiiive". And in 'Lisa's Sax' Homer
and Marge mention the Bee Gees when they sing a version of 'All in the family': "Oy,
the way the Bee Gees played."
|BIRTHDAY PRESENTS FOR
Maurice Gibb: "Years ago, what I got for my 21st birthday was a
movie camera from Ringo Starr, a Rickenbacker guitar from George Harrison and a Gibson
Monarch from John Lennon." (Inquirer News Service)
|ROBIN GIBB'S DREAM
"Paul McCartney on bass, Elton John on piano, Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker
|MAURICE GIBB'S BASS
Maurice's favourite bass was the Viola Epiphone (see photo). He also used to play
Rickenbackers, as the white one he's playing on the cover of To whom it may concern.
|A SPECIAL SUPPORT ACT
Nearly all Bee Gees' children are into music. In 1992 Maurice's daughter, Sammy, joined an
all-girls singing quartet named 'China Doll'. The group specialized in Latin-styled pop
and opened for the Bee Gees at a benefit concert at the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami Beach.
In 1968 Barry Gibb was best man when P.P. Arnold married her manager James Morris. PP
Arnold made versions of some Bee Gees songs in the 60's (Bury me down by the river,
Give a hand take a hand, To love somebody)
|WINE AND WOMEN
Bee Gees borrowed $400 and bought up all the 'Wine and Women' singles they could find in
Australia. That is how they got the record to be played on radio. It opened at number 30
after the buying spree.
"Bee Gees frontman Barry Gibb got into girls. His standard pick-up line was that he
had fallen in love and wanted to marry. He walked around with a pocket full of engagement
rings to prove his passion. The technique got him into trouble. Especially when five or
six of his fiancees gathered at the stage door..." (anecdotage.com)
1967, Barry Gibb and his Bee Gees bandmates made an appearance on "The Simon Dee
Show" in England wearing fur coats and cowboy hats.
They had hoped to start a fashion trend. Instead, the brothers later recalled, "We
were knocked for looking like baboons." (anecdotage.com)
|ROBIN GIBB and ROBBIE
ROBIN Gibb called it 'a joke,' but his gentlemanly restraint didn't
disguise the disgust and anger he still feels for the Robbie Williams version of 'I
Started a Joke.' In a previous interview with Billboard, Gibb called the rendition 'the
kind of thing you'd hear in a lunatic asylum.' Explaining his anger, Gibb said, ''I
Started a Joke' is one of our really great songs and he f - - - ed it. That song deserved
a lot better treatment. We've never talked about it, and I even saw [Williams] the other
day. He's a nice guy, he's a good artist and he's a big fan of the Bee Gees, but he didn't
have to do the song that way. It only reflects badly on him.'
More successful in their interpretation of Bee Gees songs, says Gibb, were Elvis, who
covered 'Words'; Al Green, who did 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart'; and Janis Joplin,
who tackled 'To Love Somebody.' More recently, Wu Tang's ODB with Mya and Michel Pras
tried on 'That Is What You Are,' renaming it 'Ghetto Supastar'; *NSYNC worked up a
'Saturday Night Fever' medley and Destiny's Child has just recorded a version of
PLATINUM FOR STILL WATERS
Platinum for Still Waters in Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia,
France and Switzerland.
|SPICKS AND SPECKS
It was filmed at Essendon airport in Melbourne. Apart from the Bee Gees it also featured
an Aussie well known TV personality and go-go dancer, Denise Drysdale, who apparently was
one of Barry's girlfriends at the time.
|BEE GEES and PAUL
Barry Gibb: "Paul's always under the wrong impression that we'd
criticised one of his albums. The fact is, we'd never heard the album he was pissed off
about. I'd heard one song, Hope Of Deliverance, which I thought was going to be a Number
1. Maurice and Robin had heard in and didn't think it was going to be. Anyway, some
reporter was interviewing us that week and we'd only talked about this one song; Maurice
or Robin said something like, 'It would be great for McCartney to work with somebody who
would really push him harder than he pushes himself.' I thought that was a fair
comment-not a criticism as such. I think Lennon was always more muscular than McCartney.
He challenged Paul. I think that now Paul is so ingrained in our lives and in our souls
that he's of the belief that no-one else can push him. I just disagree with that belief.
But I think the reporter told him we'd criticized his album, and he said something like,
'Oh well, they can f**ck off then.'
"We sent a little note saying that we were in fact probably the three biggest fans
he's ever had, that we would never have criticized his work and still wouldn't, and he
sent another note saying, 'Well, you can still f**ck off,' ha ha. So I just thought, Never
mind, these things happen. But I dearly wish that he knew the truth. I've always loved
Paul. If I ever bump into him again, I'll try to tell him, but I doubt that he'll
listen." (The Performing Songwriter)
"I'm a bit of an archivist, but I collect things from people that we work with, not
so much Bee Gee memorabilia, but people we're fans of. I have Barbra Streisand's straw
boater which she wore in Funny Girl and I have Arif Mardin's baton, just things
like that. Well, I have the first demos we made when we were kids in Brisbane, the ones we
made with Bill Gates. I have that acetate at home, of course we don't have acetates at all
these days... I have a Bee Gees lunch box. Not too many people want them either..."
(New Zealand Herald)
|BARRY GIBB and
On September 22, 2001 Barry and his wife Linda helped the
American Red Cross raise funds for victims of September 11th, assisting to a benefit
dinner at the Hotel Astor in Miami Beach which raised more than $10,000 for the American
Red Cross. The dinner which attracted more than 100 guests, let South Floridians of
all races and religions ban together to show their support for those lost in the horrific
events of September 11th. (TMG)
1969 Barry got the Best Dressed Pop Star award. In the photo he presents the award to the
Barry Gibb: "After four boys my wife and I were wondering if medical science had
progressed to the point where we could guarantee a girl. Our doctor advised it was still
hit-or-miss -- much like the record business -- but we could improve our chances with
scientific procedures and injections when we returned from an upcoming road trip... if we
could abstain for three months on tour. Easier said than done! The doctor never saw Linda
looking the way she did one crazy night in Spain. The deed was done and six months later
we had our daughter. It turns out she couldn't wait either, and Alexandra was born a three
pound preemie. That's when we were most grateful for medical science and the fantastic job
they do for the well-being of our little ones" (Alan Thicke, How Men Have
Babies, Jodere Group, 2003) [Posted by Susan Caputto]
BARRY GIBB and GUILTY
Barbra Streisand remembers in Just For The Record:
"Barry did most of the instrumental tracks in Miami before we got together to record
my vocals... Barry's lyrics were much more abstract than those that I usually gravitated
toward, but the melodies were so compelling that I decided to go along with them, and with
him... I had the best time ever making this record, as well as the easiest."
Barry Gibb, who developed the songs especially for Barbra, recalled, "I called Neil
Diamond to ask what it was like to work with her... My wife told me to do it, or she'd
divorce me." In 1980 Gibb told US magazine, "We set out to make the great
Streisand LP that she never made...." The album Guilty has sold over 20
million copies worldwide. (BJS Music)
|FIRST AWARD FOR A BEE
It came in 1965 when Barry Gibb got the 'Composer of the year' award from
Adelaide's radio 5KA (NME)
|BARRY GIBB AND THE
Guess... Who sings backing vocals on the song 'Fine Line' from the Now Voyager album?
The answer here.
The Gibb brothers have sung in languages other than English. You can hear Barry sing a
couple of lines in Spanish in 'One Night For Lovers' (Now Voyager album). But it is
Robin the Bee Gee that has tried more languages: German in 'Glass House,' French in
'Lamplight,' and he even made versions in Italian of some songs from his solo album Robin's
Middle Ear is the name of the Bee Gees' recording studio in Miami Beach. The building
was originally a warehouse that they rented in 1979 to store their equipment. Soon later
they bought it and turned it into a recording studio. The first album to be recorded in
Middle Ear was Barbra Streisand's Guilty in 1980.
The Bee Gees account for the vast majority of Middle Ear's bookings, but other artists
have also recorded there. Recording engineer Scott Glasel recalls that some of Michael
Jackson's Thriller album was recorded at Middle Ear.
The studio underwent a major upgrade in 1999, adding a Neve Capricorn console and new
|BARRY GIBB'S GUITAR
Barry Gibb usually plays a Guild Songbird. He plays it in D-A-D-F#-A-D tuning. Guild has
even developed a Songbird in collaboration with Barry: the S4CE BG (BG stands for Barry
Song 'Ellan Vannin' is the unofficial anthem of the Isle of Man.
It means "Isle of Man" in Manx -the Celtic language that was once spoken on the
island- and was originally written as a poem in 1854; the tune was added to it the same
year. The Bee Gees in 1998 wrote a new final verse and slightly altered the words in their
adaptation of Ellan Vannin.
|TOP 40 BEE GEES SONGS
AMONG BEE GEES WORLD VISITORS
These are the Bee Gees' most popular songs based on the number of times the lyrics
page for each of the songs has been visited:
1. How deep is
your love (8,997)
2. Stayin alive (7,788)
3. Words (6,630)
4. Alone (4,749)
5. Massachusetts (4,686)
6. I started a joke (4,641)
7. Night fever (4,371)
8. To love somebody (4,218)
9. Too much heaven (4,044)
10. How can you mend... (3,948)
11. Tragedy (3,900)
12. One (3,855)
13. More than a woman (3,732)
14. Emotion (3,546)
15. First of May (3,351)
16. You should be dancing (3,234)
17. Islands in the stream (3,192)
18. You win again (3,120)
19. Gotta get a message... (3,051)
20. Heartbreaker (2,907)
21. New York mining... (2,883)
22. Jive talkin (2,880)
23. Run to me (2,874)
24. Grease (2,811)
25. Nights on Broadway (2,787)
26. Immortality (2,778)
27. For whom the bell... (2,610)
28. Guilty (2,604)
29. Don' forget to... (2,487)
30. World (2,385)
31. Fanny (2,367)
32. Above and beyond (2,238)
33. Holiday (2,226)
34. This is where I... (2,205)
35. Lonely days (2,043)
36. (Our love) Don't throw... (1,890)
37. Love you inside out (1,812)
38. Love so right (1,737)
39. And the sun will... (1,659)
39. If I can't have you (1,659)
|THE BEE GEES and
On October 22, 1997 The Bee Gees appeared on Clive Anderson's
chat show. The interview ended when Barry Gibb stalked out followed by Maurice and Robin.
Anderson had introduced The Bee Gees on his All Talk show and revealed they were once
curiously called Les Tosseurs. He joked: 'I think you will always be tossers to me.' The
brothers sat stoney-faced and things went from bad to worse when Anderson cracked his next
gag about a song they released called Dont forget to remember. He said 'I've forgotten it
Barry stood up and fired back, 'This is a set-up. If anyone is a tosser round here, it's
you, pal.' The trio then stormed out after just five minutes on camera.
Emotion as by Samantha Sang hit the US chart at # 3 on March 18, 1978. Such was the
Bee Gees current success that many were convinced that Samantha Sang did not exist and
that the record was The Bee Gees slowed down. (By Stephan Koenig)
Robin Gibb lives in a centuries-old Oxfordshire house where once priests of
the church trained to become bishops. His son Robin-John is said by his mother Dwina to
see the phantoms of their house's ex-inhabitants. When Robin-John was 4 years old he
described a 'John and Mary who lived there and their friend Elizabeth. He had no framework
for historical costume, but he told me Mary wore a dress down to her ankles. He also said
one of the children had never grown up. I discovered a very detailed account of a John and
Mary Rose who once lived on the site. They had two children, one of whom died in infancy.'
to BMI, the songs written by the brothers Gibb that have got more airplay in the United
Over 5 million airplays:
-How deep is your love
Over 4 million airplays:
-To love somebody
-How can you mend a broken heart
Over 3 million airplays:
-Islands in the stream
Over 2 million airplays:
-Too much heaven
-I just want to be your everything
-Woman in love
Over 1 million airplays:
-I've gotta get a message to you
-I started a joke
-Nights on Broadway
-Fanny be tender
-Love so right
-More than a woman
-Love is thicker than water
-(Our love) Don't throw it all away
-If I can't have you
-Come on over
-What kind of fool
(BMI & Juan Cristobal Guzman)
|BARRY GIBB and THE
Retired Tamworth and Narrabri jeweller Alan King has an anecdote of an
event which occurred back in the early 1960s.
Mr King had bought a high standard (well, for its day) stereo-recorder with more valves,
buttons and dials than he could comprehend. Within a year the machine was used for playing
background music in his Narrabri shop.
A musician who had a gig in town had happened to be in the store to buy some photographic
equipment and spotted the recorder. The musician was Lucky Starr, who made his name with a
song called I've Been Everywhere.
A short while later, Mr King related, Lucky returned with another young man and asked if
they could record a demo track on the machine. The young man wanted to send the track off
"I couldn't do the recording in the shop, so we packed the recorder in the car and
took it home," Mr King said.
"We spent half an hour recording and singing with guitars and I think he paid me
about 10 pounds for the seven inch reel of tape.
"I found out later that his name was Barry Gibb, which meant very little to me at the
time. But apparently the recording must have been pretty good." (The Northern Daily
|COLIN PETERSEN and
THE BEE GEES
After leaving the band, Colin Petersen sued the Bee Gees for the
rights to the name Bee Gees. Judge ruled in Bee Gees favour.
|ROBIN GIBB'S 10
I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Fairytale Of New York - Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
Sacrifice - Elton John
Follow You, Follow Me - Genesis
She's Out Of My Life - Michael Jackson
Roxanne - The Police
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
(BBC Radio 2)
to Heat magazine, the Bee Gees were the tenth biggest earners in the 2001 British
Pop Rich List, with £ 4.7 million.
|THE BEE GEE LESLEY
When Robin left the band in 1969, his sister Lesley
replaced him on stage one night: She appeared with Barry, Maurice and Colin Petersen on
the TV show Talk of the Town. It was May 1969. Lesley was 24, married to Keith
Evans and already had 4 kids.
When Robin Gibb's vicar in Thame, Oxfordshire, complained about his overflowing
graveyard, the toothy Bee Gee suggested timesharing - which went down like a lead balloon.
It was not the first disagreement between the two. Said Gibb: 'The church bells are
driving me bloody crazy. There's bell practise at 8 o'clock every Monday night, come what
may, and it lasts for an hour. I feel like going round and strangling the vicar - although
he's probably sitting at home watching East Enders.' (The Daily Mail, Dec 2002)
ALIVE THANKS TO ROBIN'
Robin Gibb picks up wounded animals near his manor and ferries them to a local
Poorly hedgehogs, limping rabbits and fragile foxes have all received the benefit of Mr
Gibb's assistance, and last week he and his artistic Irish wife Dwina delivered two lame
crows in the back of their black Range Rover.
'Robin and Dwina are big animal lovers and they're always popping in,' reports Les
Stocker, director of the St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham. 'They even
brought an injured deer in their Rolls-Royce.' - (Source: The Mail On
Sunday, Jan 2004)
|FAVOURITE EATS &
... at least back in 1966:
Barry: Spaghetti bolognaise, steak and mashed bananas, fish and chips, tea, pineapple
Robin: Baked potatoes, crushed grapes, tea, apple juice
Maurice: Fish and chips, cheeseburger, cheese on toast, tea, milkshakes
|IMAGES AND VOICES OF
Images and Voices of Hope is an international
conversation about the impact of images and stories on people, families, communities,
cultures and the world.
People from all over the world gather together to discuss the potential of the media
forging positive change in society and the world.
Robin and Dwina Gibb gave their home in Oxford for an IV of Hope dialogue in 2002.
Journalists, artists and media professionals participated in a day of talks, interactive
discussions, silent reflections and inspirations, and Robin spoke passionately about the
importance of music for world transformation. - Source: I&V of Hope
|AN OBSESSIVE FAN
August 19, 1995 Marilyn Holmes appeared in court in the UK charged with breaking into
Robin Gibb's Oxfordshire home, where she was found hiding in a cupboard with a tape
recorder and video camera.
|TWO WEDDINGS AND A
SHOWER (Miami Herald)
"Miami's own celebrities and philanthropists, Linda
and Barry Gibb, joined with friends and family from around the world to celebrate the
marriages of two of their sons, Stephen and Ashley.
"[On November 7, 2002] Stephen and his wife, Gloria, had their nuptials at Sandy and
Sid Levy's magnificent beach house with Sandy officiating at the ceremony. Two days later,
Ashley and Therese exchanged vows at their own home.
"To top this, the following Monday, Linda Gibb gave a baby shower in honor of their
upcoming grandchild. How wonderful -- all in 5 days! That is the way to do it!"
When Bee Gee Robin Gibb first conceived the song "Stayin' Alive," he jotted down
the words to the song on a British Airways boarding pass. Makes you wonder: Could the
famed disco anthem actually be about the fear of flying? "Stayin' Alive" was
originally entitled "Saturday Night," explains Gibb in an interview. Those
words, combined with "Night Fever," inspired the producers to change the name of
the seminal disco flick from Tribal Rites of a Saturday Night to Saturday Night Fever.
Robin Gibb says he and the Brothers Gibb were looking for two words that meant
"survive." In the end, it was a toss up between "buried alive" or
"We chose the right title," figures Gibb. The timeless prose, "Whether
you're a brother/ or whether you're a mother," is etched in black on the boarding
pass' red canvas. You can see that "Feel the city breakin'" was originally going
to be "Feel the city shakin."" But "shakin" is crossed out and
replaced by "breakin'." Wow! What a difference a word makes, huh?"
|BEE GEES and ROBERT
In 1980, the Bee Gees filed the largest lawsuit in showbiz history
against their manager and the head of their record label, Robert Stigwood. They accused
him of fraud, conflict of interest and unfair enrichment at their expense. The suit, for
$125 million from Stigwood and his companies and $75 million from Polygram (the
mulitinational conglomerate which owns Stigwood's label, RSO), cited 'grossly inadequate'
contracts that Stigwood had made, apparently featuring royalty rates significantly below
the industry norm, alleged that he registered their song copyrights in his name and
pocketed money that was rightfully theirs. Stigwood's public resopnse to the Bee Gees'
suit was to call it a 'cheap stunt'. But within weeks of this comment the group and their
manager had achieved a reconciliation apparently as sweet as the split had been bitter.'
|BEE GEES and KING
In July 2001 undergraduate students at Cambridge University were asked to
write about Bee Gee lyrics in their final exam.
The question, one of 27 on a three-hour English finals exam, asked students to discuss:
"Tragedy, when you lose control and you got no soul, it's tragedy," with
reference to characters and plots from Biblical and Greek stories. They were also told to
make use of the writings of Nietzche, Dostoevsky and Racine.
John Kerrigan, the chairman of the English finals examination board, said that the
question was intended to examine the forms tragedy takes in the modern world.
He said: "We wanted to see how far tragedy survives into modernity; whether it has
died in the face of science and rationalism. Tragedy is essentially an archaic form. We
wanted to see if it had metamorphosed into different forms.
"There are elements to the Bee Gees songs that could have directed you to the great
central canonical texts. The line in the Bee Gees song where he sings 'the feeling's gone
and you can't go on' is a fair summary of the end of King Lear," he added.
A spokesman for the Bee Gees said the brothers would be proud at being compared to great
literary figures. "They have been compared with songwriters such as Bob Dylan and
Burt Bacharach, but never Ibsen and Shakespeare."
1966 the Bee Gees and their father had a car accident in Australia when driving back from
a concert. Robin recalls it: "Somehow, and to this day I don't know how, the word got
back to Sydney that The Bee Gees had been killed. The radio stations started playing all
our records and reading out messages of sympathy. When we got home safe and sound, it was
almost as if they were annoyed to see us after crying their eyes out for nothing."
|ONE NIGHT ONLY TOUR:
Wembley One Night Only concert was originally planned to be
50,000. Finally 52,000 attended the show.
Dublin One Night Only concert was originally planned to be 27,000, but demand far
exceeded their expectations and the final attendance was 40,000.
|THE BEE GEES and ABBA
Gibb: The first song we wrote for Saturday Night Fever was 'If I can't have you', and we
imagined ABBA doing it.' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Robin Gibb loves history so much, he's bought his own slice of it in Oxfordshire to
calm his mind. One third of the enduring pop group the Bee Gees -- with his twin, Maurice,
and their brother, Barry -- Gibb is resident in America for tax purposes. However, he is a
British subject and loves to spend as much time as possible in his mansion in Thame.
The Prebendary was built in the 12th century and was used as a place to train monks.
Roughly 400 years later, Henry VIII is said to have visited it with Anne Boleyn. It is one
of the few properties in Britain of this age that is still intact -- with a resident
"I have this desire to go into the past, like a time machine -- it calms my
mind," says Gibb, 53. He has preserved all the historic features of his home and
added a few as well.
Walking through the gates of the front lodge, one can easily believe it is haunted -- with
its 4ft-thick walls made of Cotswold stone, the place oozes a sense of the ancient. The
first thing you see on entering is a 100- year-old gyspy caravan on the front lawn next to
a wooden throne. The house also has its own chapel (now a dining room), built in 1174 and
connected to the house by a ruined wall still carrying the stains of an ancient fire.
The downstairs part of the chapel has been converted into living quarters for the chef,
but upstairs Gibb has preserved an altar, complete with an old Bible, wooden rail and
font. From time to time, he says, the font fills itself with water.
"There's no set timing to it -- it just does it willy-nilly," he tells me.
"It could go two years without filling up and then suddenly there's water there. Then
it will empty and maybe six months later be back again. I don't feel spooked by it,
though, because this was a place of prayer going back 500 years before the
The back garden runs for 16 acres down to a river and fields. Gibb removed a tennis court
installed by the previous owner and laid a new lawn five years ago, which he filled with
stones imported from the West Country to create a scaled-down model of Stonehenge. His
wife, Dwina, is a patron of the druids and loves to meditate there.
Gibb bought the property in 1985 from Charles Harding Rolls (as in Rolls-Royce). "I
got it for a song -- £800,000," he says. "I probably would have had to pay a
lot more if he didn't need the cash so badly at the time. Mick Jagger had been looking at
it five years earlier and also Prince Charles, but maybe they weren't cash buyers,"
The house was in need of renovation so he hired an interior decorator who had done a lot
of work at Windsor Castle to bring out the medieval and Tudor features. Completed in
phases, the work cost nearly £100,000.
The living room is now sited in what used to be the main hall, resulting in an interesting
contrast between old furniture, wooden candelabras and a large state-of-the- art
flat-screen television. To the left is the Coronation Room, in which four bishops
apparently sat to pass sentence on Joan of Arc while she was still in France. Here, Gibb
has installed a set of old church pews in a square arrangement (cosier than it sounds) to
mask the size of the space. Upstairs there is a library and four four-postered bedrooms.
"I love living here," he says. "It's a very different thing altogether from
living at my property in Miami, which is much more of a sun-drenched experience."
Roy Orbison: Cryin'
Beach Boys: God only know
Beach Boys: Good vibrations
Carole King: It might be as well rain until September
Bobby Vee: Take good care of my baby
The Shirelles: Will you still love me tomorrow
|WOGGIE, BODDING and
As kids Robin used to call Maurice Woggie and Maurice used to call Robin
Their moher Barbara recalls: "In a quiet way, Robin was the mischievous one. He used
to lit fires under his bed. He used to sit there quietly and say, 'It was not me. It was
|BARRY and HIS 'STUPID
His sister Lesley recalls, "I've never known a kid like him, always
doing stupid things. We used to play in this park which had a building in the middle. We
were always being told to stay away from there, but of course Barry wouldn't. It had a
corrugated roof and he just went straight through. We thought he'd broken his back, but
he'd only bruised himself." Though Barry thinks, "It was quite a bad fall and
probably the core reason my back is still bad to this day."
|BEE GEES and
According to The Astrologers Newsletter Transit , Barry's birth sign is
Virgo - ascendant Libra, and Robin and Maurice are Sagittarius - ascendant Scorpio.
However, according to Robin, he's a Capricorn. (www.astrologer.com)
|SMOKING BEE GEES
was the only Bee Gee who still smoked. All three Bee Gees wives -Linda, Dwina and Yvonne-
smoke. And, well, Robin Gibb has recently admitted he smokes a few cigarettes a day.
The Bee Gees made their debut concert in the USA on January 27, 1968 at the Anaheim
Convention Center in California. They got $50,000 for two performances. That's the
same amount the Beatles got for their first American concerts at the Hollywood Ball.
|ONE MORE BEE GEES
Maurice Gibb once told that a very hot day when shooting the film Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band he asked if anyone had Coke and what happened was that he
got packets of cocaine tossed toward him.