HOT HITS: The Australian Bee Gees Show is coming to the Northern Rivers.
HOT HITS: The Australian Bee Gees Show is coming to the Northern Rivers. Contributed

Bee Gees music is 'stayin' alive' 40 years later

The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958 by brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and the upcing 40th anniversary of the release of Saturday Night Fever's soundtrack in 1978 has prompter the Australian Bee Gees Show mark the ocassion.

Michael Clift, who plays Barry Gibb, said the upcoming show will have two well-defined parts.

"This show celebrates the 40th anniversary of the film and the soundtrack, but the first half celebrates the 20th anniversary of the One Night Only (held in November 1997 in Las Vegas, USA)," he said.

"The first part goes through the whole catalog, and the second part gets the white suits out so people can expect a trip down memory lane.

"There will also be songs from the 1960s and even song they worte for other artists."

The Bee Gees agreed to participate in the creation of a spundtrack for the film Saturday Night Fever. It would be the turning point of their career.

The cultural impact of both the film and the soundtrack was seismic throughout the world, prolonging the disco scene's mainstream appeal.

Producer Robert Stigwood commissioned the Bee Gees to create the songs for the film.

Three Bee Gees singles: How Deep Is Your Love (US No. 1, UK No. 3), Stayin' Alive (US No. 1, UK No. 4) and Night Fever (US No. 1, UK No. 1) charted high in many countries around the world, launching the most popular period of the disco era.

With more than 40 million copies sold, Saturday Night Fever is among music's top five best selling soundtrack albums.

The Bee Gees won five Grammy Awards for Saturday Night Fever over two years: Album of the Year, Producer of the Year (with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson), two awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (one in 1978 for How Deep Is Your Love and one in 1979 for Stayin' Alive), and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices for Stayin' Alive.

As of July 2013, the Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide, placing them among the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

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