Consisting of Barry Gibb and his twin brothers Robin and Maurice, the Bee Gees go down in history as one of the best-selling pop groups ever. We all still listen to their hits like “Stayin’ Alive” and “To Love Somebody.” From near death experiences and family feuds to tragic losses, there’s more to this hit disco group than their music. With such hardship in his past, it’s no wonder why Barry Gibb is so involved with charity for those suffering.
Maybe foreshadowing dangers to come, Barry Gibb actually had a close call with death early on. When he was only 18 months old, he almost died when he was severely burned by scolding hot tea. Apparently, doctors told his mother he only had 30 minutes to live. Miraculously, he pulled through despite being in critical condition. After nearly three months in the hospital, he made a full recovery. This would not be the only time there was a near death experience among a Bee Gee member.
From Trio To Duo
Of course, the group was known mainly as a trio. However, as common with siblings, tensions led to disagreements and resentment. Thus, in 1970, the album Cucumber Castle was released by the duo Barry and Maurice. Robin had left after a falling out with Barry over whose song would be on the A-side of the previous album’s first single released. Thankfully, the group once again reunited in 1971 for the album Trafalgar.