Not too long ago, I was mesmerized by the music documentary “Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”. This film tells the story of the Brothers Gibb, also known as The Bee Gees. The story of Barry, Robin, Maurice, and later Andy, is a musical story of successes and personal tragedies. I’ve been a fan of the Bee Gees since I can remember. I was introduced to them, as many in America were, as the voices and genius behind the soundtrack to the movie “Saturday Night Fever”. They were so much more than that disco soundtrack. In fact, according to the documentary, the Bee Gees resented being labeled as disco artists. Not long after the movie and soundtrack, the disco craze swept America and, unfortunately, swept up the Bee Gees as well. They were soon caught up in the “disco sucks” movement and a lot of mainstream radio refused to play any of their songs. I admit, as a rock and roller, I too was caught up in the “no disco” era, demanding my rock and roll. However, I personally never considered the Bee Gees as only a disco group. After my Saturday Night Bee Gee initiation, I wanted more! I bought their next album, “Spirits Having Flown” and loved it as much as the previous soundtrack…so I continued to dig for more Bee Gees. What I found is that their music from the 1960s and early 1970s was even better than their music that had already captured me! They wrote tremendous lyrics and unforgettable melodies. Over the years, when I listened to the Bee Gees, I often gravitated to those older gems. Barry is the sole surviving member and he is still writing and performing today. So here is my top ten tribute to the Bee Gees! Let the debate begin!
- How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
- Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)
- To Love Somebody
- I Started a Joke
- Run to Me
- More Than a Woman
- You Should Be Dancing
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