‘The Bee Gees’, the early days.


Bee Gees Way, Redcliffe, set up as a tribute to the Bee Gees by the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
It was the late 1950s when three young brothers and their family moved to Redcliffe, Queensland. In 1958 the Gibb brothers played their first gig at the Redcliffe speedway.
Barry Gibb and his mother Barbara went on to sign the band’s first music contract with speedway 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 radio 4BH.
Breaking through – the 1960s
In the early 1960s the Bee Gees began booking gigs and appearing on local Queensland 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, including Spicks and Specks, 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, the Byrds and the Yardbirds – their music was heavily influenced by country, R&B and blues recordings that were coming out of America.
In mid-1967 the Bee Gees unveiled their first internationally released album – New York Mining Disaster 1941. The album made the Top 20 in England and America.
Among the other hit singles released by the Bee Gees during the 1960s were:
To Love Somebody, in 1967
Words, in 1968
I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, in 1968
I Started a Joke, in 1968
via Bee Gees Way – Moreton Bay Regional Council.

2 thoughts on “‘The Bee Gees’, the early days.

  1. I have lots and lots of photos of the laneway taken while holidaying on the Redcliffe Peninsula, comrade.
    In fact, the complete laneway has been captured on the digital picture thingy!


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