The Bee Gees was a pop band formed in 1958. They played one of the most important roles in the development of America’s music culture in the 60’s and 70’s. Here, MusicSnake Magazine presents a list of ten facts you probably didn’t know about the band.
Number One: Bee Gees 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 Diana Ross’ “Chain Reaction,” Frankie Valli’s “Grease,” and Barbra Streisand’s “Woman in Love.”
Number Two: Maurice Gibb Was Really Good at Paintball
Maurice had his own team – The Royal Rat Rangers. He liked to be called “Commander Mo,” and Gibb even opened up his own shop devoted to paintball equipment. The shop was called Commander Mo’s Paintball Shop.
Number Three: 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 Four: The Band is the Most Successful Australian Act in the United States
In 1971, their “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 Five: Maurice Gibb Was an Alcoholic
Maurice 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 Six: The Origin of The Name
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 Seven: 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 Eight: Robin Gibb Was Addicted to Methedrine
According to FBI files, by 1980, he was not really sleeping or eating, and he was addicted to methedrine. Robin became very paranoid and was convinced that his wife was part of a plot to drain him of his money.
Number Nine: Robin Was in a Terrible Train Accident
In 1967, Robin 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 Ten: Bee Gees Have Only Been Outsold by Five Artists
It’s true! According to their citation in the Hall of Fame, the band has only been outsold by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks and Michael Jackson.