Guest Author - Eileen O´Sullivan
I know that strictly speaking this is not an article about British TV, but when I was a young girl I watched the Bee Gees sing 'Massachusets' on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops', and that was way before seventies discomania. If comedy is more your thing (though some say the falsetto notes of the band was a little bit funny), then the British impresario and comedian Kenny Everett's TV 'interview'(!) with the 'Bee Gees' on his eponymous 'The Kenny Everett Show' would make anyone laugh. (See the You Tube link on the British TV forum).
Sadly though, the world has just lost yet another 'seventies disco' legend.
If Staying Alive is your aim, then being a tee total vegetarian may be considered a good way to ensure your continued survival. On May 20th, 2012 however Robin Gibb, tee total vegetarian and former member of veteran British boy band The Bee Gees died, aged just 62. This seminal band of brothers gained international fame after providing iconic dance tunes for seventies disco film classic, Saturday Night Fever, which memorably starred John Travolta.
Rivalling Elvis in his use of statement white, flared-bottom trouser suits and sensual, somewhat metrosexual moves. Travolta sashayed his way through the urban jungle of New York and straight into the hearts of the western world, together with the insidious beat of the inspirational music he danced to.
With such fabtastic hits as the eponymous Saturday Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love, You Should Be Dancing and Staying Alive, the Bee Gees provided the soundtrack of an era that was already pulsating with disco beats. When Disco Queen Donna Summer teamed up with Giorgio Moroder in 1977 to create the electro-pop dance anthem I Feel Love, it rivalled the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen in Britain as the cutting edge national pop anthem of the seventies.
The Gibb brothers were born in the Isle of Man, a little island off the West coast of England, and were brought up in Manchester, UK before emigrating to Australia. I’m telling you that because I live in Chorlton, Manchester – and the Bee Gees wrote their first tune together just round the corner from my house in their childhood home in Keppel Road, Chorlton. Yay! The Bee Gees! Just saying.
Robin Gibb’s voice had a signature treble, and together the brothers created seamless harmonies. They were also great songwriters, and if you feel compelled to question this - they penned How Can You Mend a Broken Heart for Al Green – which alone would secure them a deserved place in the international music hall of fame.
Just days ago Summer died on May 17th, 2012, and now she is closely followed by Robin Gibb. If there is a God, The Seventies Disco Queen and the second member of the three Kings of Disco to reach his final resting place are dancing together beneath that starry glitter ball in the sky. RIP Robin and Donna – you made us dance, you gave us joy. You SHOULD be dancing. We thank you.