The Bee Gees may not be together anymore, but nobody can deny the pop group played one of the most important roles in the development of America’s music culture in the 1960s and 1970s. Here, PPcorn present a list of 15 facts you probably didn’t know about the Bee Gees.
Number Fifteen: Maurice Gibb Was Really Good at Paintball
He even had his own team – The Royal Rat Rangers. Gibb liked to be called “Commander Mo'”, and he even opened up his own shop devoted to paintball equipment. The shop was called Commander Mo’s Paintball Shop.
Number Fourteen: Maurice Gibb Was Also an Alcoholic
Gibb led quite a self-destructive life, which was not helped by his marriage to Scottish singer Lulu. He even pulled a gun on his wife and children after a bender that lasted a month.
Number Thirteen: Cucumber Castle Was Made as a Duo
The Bee Gees’ seventh studio album was made as a duo after Robin Gibb left for a temporary hiatus. However, the entire group was reunited in 1971.
Number Twelve: They Lived at the Airport
The Gibb family moved to Brisbane, and they were living in one of its poorest suburbs at the time. The suburb was demolished because Brisbane Airport was being built there.
Number Eleven: Barry Gibb Nearly Died as a Child
When Barry Gibb was just 18 months old, hot tea was spilled on him and he nearly died from the burn. He was in critical condition, but he eventually made it.
Number Ten: They Are the Most Successful Australian Act in the United States
In 1971, the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” was the first Australian single to top the U.S. charts. Today, the Bee Gees have had nine chart toppers, making them the most successful Australian act in the U.S.
Number Nine: The Origin of the Name May Not Be What You Think
Though many people think the Bee Gees are named for the “brothers Gibb,” they were actually named when a racetrack promoter named Bill Goode introduced them to a DJ named Bill Gates. Gates used both men’s initials to come up with the name “Bee Gees.”
Number Eight: Robin Gibb Was in a Terrible Train Accident
In 1967, Gibb and his fiancee were in Britain’s sixth worst train crash. A total of 49 people were killed in the accident, but both Gibb and his fiancee survived.
Number Seven: Robin Gibb Was Addicted to Methedrine
According to FBI files, by 1980, Gibb was not really sleeping or eating, and he was addicted to methedrine. He became very paranoid and was convinced that his wife was part of a plot to drain him of his money.
Number Six: They Were Prolific Writers
The Bee Gees produced a lot of hits, but they wrote some songs for other artists that you might not even realize they wrote. These songs include Frankie Valli’s “Grease,” Barbra Streisand’s “Woman in Love,” and Diana Ross’ “Chain Reaction.”
Number Five: They Have Only Been Outsold by Five People
It’s true! According to their citation in the Hall of Fame, they have only been outsold by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks and Michael Jackson.
Number Four: They Moved to England Right as They Hit Their Stride in Australia
The Bee Gees were frustrated that they were not yet experiencing success in Australia, so they decided to move to England. However, once they left Australia, they realized that Spicks and Specks had indeed become a hit.
Number Three: Bee Gees Didn’t Always Get Along
The Bee Gees may have been brothers, but they definitely got into some disagreements. In 1969, Robin left the group to begin a solo career.
Number Two: They Got Involved with Saturday Night Fever Pretty Late in the Game
It’s true. Though the Bee Gees are very well-known for providing the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, they didn’t actually get involved with it until post-production.
Number One: Bee Gees Died With Disco
The Bee Gees experienced unprecedented success in the 1970s, but by the late 1970s and early 1980s people were over disco. Considering that, for many people, the Bee Gees represented disco, many people were done with the Bee Gees as well.