Decades: The Bee Gees in the 1960s

DECADES

The Bee Gees in the 1960s


In April 1967, the Bee Gees launched themselves onto the international music scene with the release of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’.

Whilst that haunting classic would be the first of many hits, the Bee Gees, consisting of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb had been releasing records since 1963. As extraordinary as it sounds, with more than ten years of performing and four years of recording behind them, the Gibb twins, Robin and Maurice, were just seventeen while elder brother Barry was only twenty. In an incredible career the Bee Gees would go on to sell over 200 million records, making them among the best-selling music artists of all time, they would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Australian Recording Industry’s Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and receive lifetime achievement awards from the British Phonographic Industry, the American Music Awards, World Music Awards and the Grammys. According to Billboard magazine the Bee Gees are one of top three most successful bands in their charts’ history. Few musical groups have provided the soundtrack to our lives like the Bee Gees, and it all started in the fascinating decade that was the 1960s



About the authors

Based in Wales, the United States, and Australia, respectively, Andrew Môn Hughes, Grant Walters & Mark Crohan have over fourteen decades of combined expertise and history tied to the Bee Gees’ legacy between them, amassing a lengthy list of credits for their contributions to CDs, DVDs, books, tour programmes, articles, television documentaries, and official websites.

In 2000, Andrew and Mark co-authored the expansive biography, Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Andrew’s expert contributions can be seen and heard in a myriad of Bee Gees-related productions for the BBC, ITV, A&E, and VH1 networks.

Mark, the foremost expert on the Bee Gees’ Australian era gifted his collection to the Queensland Library in 2016. He contributed liner notes to the 1998 compilation Assault the Vaults.

Grant is an award-winning freelance arts writer for Columbus Underground and Albumism, for which he has penned nearly 300 features since 2015. He is a prolific music interviewer, conversing with a diverse roster of artists including Dionne Warwick, Midge Ure, Melissa Etheridge, Edie Brickell and Bryan Adams. 

The three authors that have come together to create this project have left no stone unturned. In addition to getting to the bottom of all of the information they could about these tracks, sessions and albums, spanning multiple decades, they have also created a narrative that will make you feel closer to The Bee Gees, and undoubtedly have a new perspective on the music, the story, and the legacy.

Spencer Gibb

(son of Robin Gibb)

All the many things we accomplished during those two incredible years of my life are included in this fantastic book. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading about those years as much as I enjoyed living them. 

Vince Melouney

(Bee Gee -1967-68)

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