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- Born in Manchester, England - Were musically gifted from a very early age.

- Started by playing classical English ditties - Were interested in music their peers were listening to - Started their first band The Rattlesnakes - Usually lip synced songs, but later gained popularity for their joint singing style

- They moved to Australia for their fathers occupation - On the boat back from England, they impressed travelers with their music, and came up with the name Bee Gees - An Australian DJ, Bill Gates, took notice of the Bee Gees style, and worked to get them publically known - They became famous first in Australia with their Rock n Roll, and later in England when they were contracted by Robert Stigwood for 5 years - The Late sixties were full of success, with many hits throughout Europe, and spreading internationally into the US - Heading into the early 70s, their fame went dry as their fans got bored of their style

- Robert Stigwood suggested they try a new type of pop music, disco. - They adapted to the new style, including the iconic falsetto by Barry Gibb - Songs like Stayin Alive and You should be Dancin instantly gained popularity, defining the Disco era in the US. - Where the rock era of the Bee Gees gained them fame, the Bee Gees disco music made them musical legends.

Written in August 1970 by Barry and Robin Gibb Released in 1971 Recorded on 28 January 1971 in London Originally offered the song to Andy Williams, but ended up singing it themselves First #1 Hit for four weeks Written the same day as Lonely Days in Barry Gibbs basement Part of the Album Tragalgar Composed of an R&B feel

Ballad Featured on album 2 years on Recorded the same night they reunited Written the same day as How can you mend a broken heart in Barry Gibbs basement - #3 in the US charts - Released November 1970

- Originally going to be called Saturday Night but since there were too many songs named that they decided to name it Stayin alive - They originally didnt like the drum recording, but while the drummer was away at his fathers funeral they changed it. When the drummer came back he liked it and just added a couple cymbals - Disco song from Saturday Night Fever - Written by the Bee Gees - Released on 13 December 1977

Introduction Upbeat 13 Seconds Full Band Guitar Drums Piano Steady Beat Three Voices Backup singers on chorus More prominent than backup singers Changing voice from normal to falsetto 3 Verses Ending Repeating words

Introduction Instrumental 20 Seconds Slow tempo Full Band Techno Piano Guitar Drums Bass Guitar Break between verses for music interlude One Voice with two backup singers Clear Vibrato

Switching the primary voice Changing voice from normal to falsetto 2:38 change of tempo 3:26 changes back to regular tempo Entertaining Ending Repeating words Voices continue Fades

Introduction Upbeat Techno Suspenseful 15 Seconds Three Voices Enter at 15 seconds Full Band Guitar Drums Trumpets Bongos Piano Chang in voice from normal to falsetto Band plays something different than what their singing

Repeating chorus Break between verses for instrumental interlude First break at 1:34 Second break at 2:44 Ending Repeated words (you should be dancing) Starts at 3:00

Bee Gees, The Day-By-Day Story, 1945-1972 By Andrew Sandoval

http://top40. about.com/od/picksofartistsbest/tp/top-10-bee-geessongs.htm The Bee Gees, The Biography David M. Meyer http://oldies.about.com/od/disco/a/Stayin-Alive-Solid-GoldSpotlight.htm http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=9099 History - Clayton Williams Songs - Matthew Aamodt Listening Guide -Nathan Hansen