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Robin and Maurice are twins. Barry is 3 years older.
The Bee Gees released their first ever single in Australia in 1963. It was the Johnny Horton inspired "Battle of the Blue and the Grey." They cracked the Australian and New Zealand markets within a few years. "Spicks And Specks" was their first ever #1 single, topping the New Zealand charts (#3 in Australia). The brothers left Australia for London to audition with Robert Stigwood. Stigwood was a director of NEMS Enterprises, the company owned by Beatles svengali Brian Epstein. He signed them up. "New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)
" was their first international hit.
In 1967, Robert Stigwood became their manager. He worked with Brian Epstein, who managed The Beatles. Stigwood was also a movie director. He put them on the soundtrack to his 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever, and cast them in the colossal flop Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the next year.
They had huge success singing Disco songs in the '70s. They popularized the falsetto singing style of that era.
When Robin was 17, he was on a train in England that crashed, killing 49 passengers. He escaped with cuts and bruises.
Maurice was a paintball fanatic. He competed in tournaments.
Maurice died in 2003 after he was rushed to a hospital for stomach pains. He went into cardiac arrest, and the surgery could not save him.
The Bee Gees are prolific songwriters, having written or co-written about 1,000 songs to date. Surviving brothers Barry and Robin continue to write music. (thanks, Debbie - Keene, NH)
Over 2,500 artists have recorded their songs. "How Deep Is Your Love
" is the most covered of all, with over 400 versions. (thanks, Paul - UK, England)