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The Disco Kings!

In 1977-79, the three brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb were so popular they had six consecutive #1 singles, something only The Beatles had achieved previously.

The 6 #1 tunes were: How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Too Much Heaven, Tragedy, and Love You Inside Out.

But that’s just a good spell, Bee Gees also released legendary tunes like Jive Talkin’, You Should Be Dancing, and More Than A Woman in the same half of the late 70s.

This Disco era was the glory days for the three brothers, with estimated sales of over 200 million records, mainly being achieved between 1975-79.

It’s hard to believe that they’d formed twenty years earlier, in 1955 on the Isle Man in England as the skiffle group the Rattlesnakes.

Like many other families, they migrated to Australia where they renamed themselves Bee Gees. This is where they honed their skills, even achieving some chart success.

When they returned to England and started working with Robert Stigwood, it was still only 1967.

Their first big hit was Massachusetts that same year, which got to #1 in eleven countries. The following year they released Words, another classic with great sales and chart success.

Between 1968 and 1975, Bee Gees kept releasing albums and singles, some had decent success but none would become immortal like what was to come between the golden years of 1975-1979.

You’d be pretty happy after that kind of stint but, some say the best was yet to come!

In 1980, Barry Gibb teamed up with Barbra Streisand for the album Guilty to make the best-selling album of her entire career.

Two singles from this album are classics, the title track as well as Woman In Love. Both tunes were written by not just Barry but the Bee Gees!

Amazingly, only two acts have had more chart success than the Bee Gees and that’s Michael Jackson and The Supremes.

If they’d only remained residents of the Isle Of Man, they would have avoided paying tax on all those album sales, or perhaps they’d still be playing skiffle instead of singing in falsetto!

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Stayin’ Alive

Fm7 | Eb Fm |
Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk.
Fm7 | Eb Fm |
Music loud and women warm,  I’ve been kicked around since I was born.

Stayin’ Alive chords.

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