The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers who achieved worldwide success with their tight harmonies and distinctive voices. Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, they moved to Australia during their childhood years and began their musical careers there. After returning to the UK and signing with producer Robert Stigwood, they experienced two periods of exceptional success: as a harmonic 'soft rock' act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as disco music stars in the late 1970s.
Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb's voices blended perfectly as brothers, creating instantly recognizable three-part harmonies. Barry often sang lead with his R&B falsetto style introduced during the disco era, while Robin provided clear vibrato leads in their pre-disco music. Maurice contributed high and low harmonies throughout their career. The trio co-wrote most of their hits, feeling like "one person" when writing together.
The Bee Gees received numerous awards for their music over four decades but had particularly outstanding success during these two periods. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (Performer) in 1997. Additionally, all three brothers were honored with CBEs (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2001-2002. Following Maurice's death in January 2003, they retired the group's