Fort Lytton

10 October 2014

Going the Bee Gees Way

We went to Morgans yesterday for a seafood smorgasbord on the Redcliffe Peninsula with the Birthday Bear Group. We stayed overnight in an apartment with George and Ann rather than drive home late at night. So, after breakfast we stopped at the recently opened Bee Gees Way which was built by the Moreton Bay Regional Council in honour of the famous brothers who started their musical career at Redcliffe in the late 1950s, when the three young brothers gathered around a microphone and for the first time performed using a name now famous around the world. The Bee Gees sold more that 220 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists.


The Bee Gees Way is located off Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe and includes a life-size statue, 60 photographs, 13 album covers, a mural of the band as well as songs and captions provided by Barry Gibb.


It was in the in the early 1950s when the three brothers and their family moved to Redcliffe.
In 1958 the Gibb brothers played their first gig at the Redcliffe speedway.
Barry Gibb and mother Barbara Gibb went on to sign the band's first music contract with soeedway 
promoter Bill Goode and radio announcer Bill Gates - on the family's kitchen table in Redcliffe. 
The Bee Gees were formed and went on to receive their first airplay on Brisbane radio 4BH.

Diane and Ann, the newest members of the Bee Gees,
In the early 1960s the Bee Gees began booking gigs and appearing on local television shows, performing songs written by Barry Gibb.

In 1966, the Bee Gees released their first big single, Spicks and Specks.

Following a succession of top ten Australian singles, the Bee Gees returned to England to pursue their musical dreams.

Like many other young bands emerging from Britain - including the Beatles, the animals, The Moody Blues, their music was very much influenced by country, R&B and blues recordings that were coming
out of America. 



Some of the hit singles released by the Bee Gees in the 1960s were:
- To Love Somebody in 1967
- Words in 1968
- I've got a message to You in 1968
- I Started a Joke in 1968
- Don't Forget to Remember in 1969

So we strolled along the Bee Gees Way admiring their achievements.

George, Ann and the Blogger admire the Bee Gees achievements

The Bee Gees way is about 50 m long
The 1970s are renowned for the creation of some of our history’s most influential pop culture.
In 1975 the Bee Gees decided to move to Miami, Florida to work with super-producer Arif Mardin and take their career to the next level.
The Bee Gees were on top of the world as disco fever started to take hold in the late 70s. This is when the band would achieve mega-success.
So sad to know that Barry Gibb, the oldest of the three talented brothers is now the only one alive. Robin and Maurice having passed away.

6 comments:

  1. Four wasn't there? Andy died a bit younger. Why has he been omitted in public memorials? Am I confused or have I missed something?

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    1. You're right Andrew. The three 'Bee Gees' Barry, Mo and Robin had a younger brother Andrew who was still very young when the Bee Gees were formed. Andrew returned to Manchester and later started his own solo career.

      See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Gibb

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  2. Great idea to stay overnight. Mini-Break!! Interesting memorial. I never knew there were 4 of them. He must have felt left out when they were at the height of their fame.

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  3. Interesting!
    Madame makes a great foursome. I look forward one day to hear the dulcet tones of their
    songs from "the blogger".
    Colin

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  4. Hey, I just saw your blog when I was looking down my side bar and saw that you were in LA. Welcome back to the States. I know you're having fun out there. I enjoyed this post of the Bee Gees. I didn't know that little bit of history. Please say hi to blogger for me and happy traveling :)

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    1. False alarm Denise. We won't be actually in the US until November the 9th.''Cheers,

      Bill

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