Okay, okay, let me be perfectly honest with you all. I am old as dirt. I was fortunate enough to be present when the mighty dinosaurs strode the Earth. To say nothing of remembering when the Dinosaucers made an appearance back in the late ’80s. I am also ancient enough to have seen the rise and eventual “fall” and rise again of the Bee Gees. A band that I have no problems with saying that I enjoyed greatly. Nor do I hesitate today to boast that I still enjoy the music of the Bee Gees.
Obviously, I first became a fan of the Bee Gees thanks to 1977’s Saturday Night Fever. I can vividly recall watching it at my local 62 Drive-In. As I have mentioned numerous times before, if my Father wanted to see a film, I usually was brought along too. The group certainly made a huge splash when they began leaning towards disco music. Such as Jive Talking, You Should Be Dancing, as well as Night Fever. Five of the songs from the film’s soundtrack were courtesy of the Bee Gees!
Interestingly enough, the Bee Gees were not intended to be used in the 1977 film. In fact, John Travolta was quoted in an 2007 interview with The New Yorker:
“The Bee Gees weren’t even involved in the movie in the beginning … I was dancing to Stevie Wonder and Boz Scaggs.”
While that may have indeed been the case. The truth is though, some feel that thanks to the Bee Gees, disco was given a fresh boost. As well as the fact it helped to make the film’s soundtrack, the 4th highest selling album of all time. The kicker to me is that the band had been in existence since 1958. Naturally the band had gone into various permutations with members but the core trio of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb were always there.
Before they leaned into the waning popularity of disco, the group was more well known for it’s pop rock tunes. As well as covering a few popular songs from a little band called The Beatles. In addition to being celebrated songwriters for other artists. Everyone from Michael Jackson, Brian May, Billy Joel, Elton John, and even McCartney and Lennon have expressed their admiration for the group through the years.
In fact, McCartney was quoted:
“It was the ‘Mining Disaster’ song that Robert Stigwood played me, I said ‘sign them, they’re great'”.
Ready to listen to one of my favorite songs from the Bee Gees? Enjoy this ‘music video’ for 1968’s I Started A Joke!
[Via] Great Performers 1