January

3-Jan

1967 The Bee Gees were at No.1 on the Australian singles chart with the single ‘Spicks and Specks’.

1972 The Bee Gees recorded ‘Paper Mache Cabbages and Kings’ and the unreleased song ‘Passport’.  This was the last session with Geoff Bridgeford. The band was about to go on tour in far east; his replacement for the tour was Chris Karon.

1999 Steps scored their first UK No.1 single with their version of The Bee Gees song ‘Tragedy.’

4-Jan

2006 The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. The rustic house near Nashville, Tennessee went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9m (£1.7m). Barry said he planned to preserve the house to honour the Cash memory. Unfortunately Barry’s ownership of the house was short-lived. In April 2007, the house burned to the ground. Barry was having the house renovated when a flammable spray sealer caused fire to break out during construction.

6-Jan

1979 The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Too Much Heaven’ the group’s 7th US No.1.

7-Jan

1975 ‘Winds of Change’ was recorded during the first sessions for “Main Course”.

1977 Andy Gibb was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything’ a song written by his Bee Gee brother Barry.

9-Jan

1979 The music for UNICEF concert took place in New York City featuring Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Abba and Donna Summer.

10-Jan

1981 Barry and Linda’s son Travis born.

11-Jan

1971 Maurice produced and sang backing vocal on the recording of the Lulu track ‘Everybody Clap’.

12-Jan

1945 Sister Leslie born

1980 ‘The Bee Gees Greatest Hits’ album was at No.1 on the US charts.

2003 Maurice died aged 53 in Miami Hospital, Florida following a heart attack during abdominal surgery. The Bee Gees released over 20 albums and had the 1979 world-wide No.1 album ‘Spirits Having Flown’, and ‘How Deep Is Your Love, ‘Stayin’ Alive’, and ‘Night Fever’ from the soundtrack ‘Saturday Night Fever’ were all US No.1 singles. Gibb was married to the Scottish singer Lulu from 1969 to 1973. In 2002, Maurice was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), along with his brothers.

15-Jan

1916 Father Hugh Gibb born

17-Jan

1970 Maurice began work on his solo album “The Loner”, which was never released

1972 Maurice and Billy Lawrie produced another single for Norman Hitchcock

20-Jan

1975 The Bee Gees recorded ‘Nights on Broadway’.

21-Jan

1988 Robin and Dwina’s son Robin John born

23-Jan

1975 The Bee Gees recorded ‘Come On Over’

25-Jan

1978 Andy and Kim’s daughter Peta born

27-Jan

1968 The Bee Gees made their live debut in the US when they played at the Anaheim Centre, California

28-Jan

1971 The Bee Gees began work proper on “Trafalgar”.

30-Jan

1975 The Bee Gees begin recording ‘Jive Talkin’, which became their second US chart topper and No.5 UK hit. Barry Gibb’s inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, “It’s our drive talkin’.”

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