Bee Gees Lose Another
The Brothers, Gibb, Maurice, Robin and Barry, hit it big with the launch of Saturday Night Fever and the song they are most remembered for “Stayin Alive in 1977. It may have been John Travolta who brought international fame to the brothers, but, long before Disco, they were international recording stars.
“I Started A Joke” only reached #6 in the U.S.(1969), but, may be Robin Gibb most powerful falsetto vocalization. The track was not released in their homeland U.K., but did hit #1 in Canada, and New Zealand also in their adopted home Australia. Lonely Days, a 1970 #3 U.S. hit from the album 2 Years On, only went to #33 in the UK and but #1 in Canada. Their harmonies from that era put them more in the sophisticated period of the Beatles.
No one from Disco and since seem to admit they liked Disco. Just like the Euro sound of Modern Talking and others, music passes through phases which we loved, but, soon discarded. When reviewing the harmony and sound of the some of the “Best of Show”, we should admit there was some entertainment value and a few good memories along the way.
With the passing of Robin Gibb, (preceded by Maurice) 2/3rds of a legendary sound has gone forever. In honor of Robin and the talent of the three boys from the Isle of Man, I added “Lonely Days” to the 66+ playlist. Hope you enjoy.