On this date in 2003, Singer-songwriter Maurice Gibb from the Bee Gee’s died aged 53 in Miami
Hospital, Florida following a heart attack during abdominal surgery.
I know some argue that The Bee Gees are disco and should not be included in the Rock category. I have to disagree. The early Bee Gees were as much a part of the British Invasion sound as The Beatles. The sweet harmonies and prolific songwriting put them right up there with the best of that era.
Sadly, this was the second loss in the family. Younger brother Andy succumbed to his demons and committed suicide years earlier.
Just last year, 2012, brother Robin passed away as well. Barry is the only one left. Barry was the chief songwriter of the band. Whether he will record on his own remains to be seen. I doubt it. I am pretty sure he is way past his prime at this point. But money talks.
Although I despised their disco era, I always respected the Brothers Gibb. Yes, they sold out, but I guess you gotta pay the bills and “Run To Me” wasn’t doing it for them.
Regardless, The Bee Gees were a great pop group in the 60’s and I guess I have to give them some credit for launching the disco era.
Here is one of my favorite early Bee Gees songs: