The Brothers Gibb—Barry, Robin and Maurice—were born in the UK but migrated to Australia when Barry was a teenager. Living in Queensland must have contrasted starkly with their British childhoods in Manchester, yet one thing that did not change was the brothers’ love of popular music, in particular close harmony vocals. They performed around Brisbane (and later Sydney, where the family moved in the 60s) and landed a recording contract with Festival Records. But nothing really happened until the Bee Gees moved back to Britain, where Robert Stigwood signed them and helped kick-start their career via early single “Spicks and Specks”.
And what a career it was. Dozens of hit singles, numerous Top 10 albums, worldwide soundtrack triumphs… all of this across three (and more) decades. Those who love the early songs will delight in the Best of the Bee Gees compilation with its iconic orange cover, while anyone wanting a broader survey of their career will head for Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits double album.