Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

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From left to right: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, 1968.

The songwriting partnership of the English brothers Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb, known as Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb (and occasionally B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M.Gibb), is a musical collaboration whose output has produced the majority of the catalogue of the Bee Gees.

Gibb compositions have been the subject of numerous cover versions. Radio and television host Paul Gambaccini has stated that Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb were second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music.

Background[edit]

From 1962 to 1965, Barry Gibb was the only songwriter of the band, but in 1966, Robin and Maurice worked together with Barry as a group to create and record their own songs. The first song credited to B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M.Gibb was "The Storm". The first song written by Robin Gibb was "I Don't Know Why I Bother With Myself" (the song was released on the album Spicks and Specks)[1] The writing credits on their 1967 album Bee Gees' 1st put Robin first, as in R. & B. Gibb (Polydor UK) or Robin and Barry Gibb (Atco). The other songs were credited to B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M.Gibb, which include "I Close My Eyes", "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" and "Close Another Door"[2]

The writing credits on Robin's fifth solo album Walls Have Eyes also put Robin first, as in R, B & M. Gibb, the songs were: "Like a Fool", "Possession", "Someone to Believe In", "These Walls Have Eyes", "Toys", "Do You Love Her?" and "Heartbeat in Exile".

Other credits[edit]

A number of songs written primarily by the trio and recorded by the Bee Gees were credited as follows:

  1. "Songbird" (1975) Barry Gibb–Robin Gibb–Maurice Gibb–Blue Weaver
  2. "(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away" (1977) Barry Gibb–Blue Weaver

Most of the songs on the Bee Gees' first and second was credited to Barry.
Most of the songs on their first international album Bee Gees' 1st (1967), was credited to Barry and Robin.
Most of the songs on Cucumber Castle (1970) was credited to Barry and Maurice.

Non-Bee Gees songs[edit]

Some Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb compositions have been released only by artists other than Bee Gees include:

Year Artist Song Peak Chart
Position
Notes
1967 Jon "Upstairs, Downstairs" It was recorded in 1966 in Australia with "Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part 1".
1967 Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas "Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Part 1" The song was first recorded by singer Jon in Australia.
1968 The Marbles "Only One Woman" UK #5 The song's B-side was "By the Light of the Burning Candle", was also credited to the moniker, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.
1968 Lori Balmer "Treacle Brown" It was released as a single in November 1968, its B-side "Four Faces West" was also written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.
1969 The Marbles "The Walls Fell Down" UK #28 The song's B-side was "Love You", another Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb composition.
1977 Samantha Sang "Emotion" Billboard Hot 100 #3 When Sang arrived in Miami, instead of recording "Don't Throw it All Away", Barry offered her a new song "Emotion".
1978 Rare Earth "Warm Ride" US #39 Rare Earth were a Detroit-based white rock band signed to Motown, They performed "Warm Ride" on American Bandstand in June that year.
1978 Graham Bonnet "Warm Ride" AUS #1 Bonnet was also a previous member of the British rock duo The Marbles. The British release of this song was one of the last Ringo Starr's label Ring O' Records.
1979 Andy Gibb "Desire" US #4 Gibb's version was released on his third and final studio album After Dark, the Bee Gees version was originally intended for their Spirits Having Flown album, but it was rejected.
1980 Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb "Guilty" US #3 Released on Streisand's album Guilty.
1980 Barbra Streisand "Woman in Love" US #1 Released on Streisand's album Guilty.
1981 Leo Sayer "Heart (Stop Beating in Time)" UK #22 Sayer's version was released on World Radio. Bee Gees' version of the song was originally intended for Living Eyes, but it was not included.
1982 Dionne Warwick "Heartbreaker" US #10
1982 Dionne Warwick "All the Love in the World" UK #10
1983 Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton "Islands in the Stream" US #1
1983 Kenny Rogers "Buried Treasure" US Country #3
1985 Diana Ross "Eaten Alive" US #77
1985 Diana Ross "Chain Reaction" US #66
1998 Celine Dion "Immortality" UK #5
2005 Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb "Stranger in a Strange Land" Released on Streisand's album Guilty Pleasures.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1966". 
  2. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967".