Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Saturday, October 25, 2014

THE BEE GEES AT BAYSIDE

When we were in Redcliffe on the Bayside a few weeks ago we stopped by 'Bee Gees Way'. It is a lane way leading off The Esplanade and it is a dedication to the famous band The Bee Gees. Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gib were children when they migrated from England with their parents to Australia. They settled in Redcliffe and started singing at the local Speedway Track when they were very young. They were noticed by a leading DJ who played their songs and they started performing on TV's Bandstand and became popular. Barry, the eldest,  wrote their songs. In the 60's they set of for England hoping to make it into the big time. It took quite a few years but by the seventies they became very popular in UK and USA. They had a much younger brother, Andy, who joined them for a short while. Andy, and the twins Robin and Maurice have passed away but Barry is still alive and he wrote the stories and captions for the images displayed on the wall of the lane. He also came back to Australia to dedicate the statue and the Bee Gees Way.




 The photo on the left is how I remember them when I saw them perform at a hotel on the Gold Coast in 1963. Little did we know then how famous they would become like in the photo on the right.

The photos and the stories are very interesting. It follows their development from their early days in the 60's in Australia to their final concerts in the 2000's. I'm not fussed on pop music but I do like the Bee Gees music. 

30 comments:

  1. A great tribute to this very talented band. I have always enjoyed their music.

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  2. Oh that is so lovely to have that in Redcliffe.
    Not a fan of the Bee Gees, but they did indeed make lovely music.

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  3. I knew of their story, but I did not know this tribute existed. Thanks for showing us. I had a thing for Andy based solely on a record cover photo. So sad he died so young.

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  4. I know the name and might recognize the music, but not really.. i love the painting on the wall. that is just beautiful. a true artist...early 60's I was raising babies and working outside the home and did not listen to music. about 1975 my boys were listening to rock bands, but not in my presence. LOL

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  5. They certainly did well from humble beginninp Diane, such a distinctive style. Lovely that Redcliffe remembers them like this.

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  6. very cool! how neat you saw them as children! they were part of my growing up, for sure.

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  7. How great that you actually saw them perform! I've always enjoyed their music.

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  8. After I read this I had to go straight to YouTube and play a video of their Greatest Hits and do a little time travel in my mind. They had some good song associated with memories for me. I love the photo of them from 1963. Actually, I'd forgotten that they once had short hair.

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  9. I have heard of them ... Interesting..

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  10. They are just immortal.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  11. I remember them was never a huge fan but liked many of their songs

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  12. Wow! You got to see them before they became world famous!

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  13. Interesting! I had heard of the name of this "pop" group.
    Never knew where they came from or where they went back to.
    I can't ever recall seeing this' alley" off the Esplanade on any
    of my once frequent trips to visit ex-PNG friends in the Redcliffe
    area.
    Maybe it is only a recent addition???

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  14. They had an amazing number of hits. It must be fun to see a group become so popular and know you saw them before it all happened

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  15. I USED to really love them, so nice seeing this memorial. Didn't realize they were from Australia. All sorts of good things from your country!!!

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  16. i was a fan of the Bee Gees, Diane! I still have their albums on my shelf. It is sad that only the oldest brother Barry is still alive. He was my favorite.

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  17. I remember them being popular in my youth but I didn't know their story.

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  18. I certainly do remember the Bee Gees --but didn't know they were from Australia... How neat of you all to get to see that area. Nice dedication to them!!!! Sad to hear that only one of them is still alive.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. They were and are still very famous in all European countries ! I like them too. I only knew recently that they had come from Australia, we all thought they were English !

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    1. They were english indeed!! From the isle of man!

      Kisses

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    2. They were born in England, which makes them English but they were Australian citizens so they were Australian too. Like me I was born in England but I'm Australian. I must admit they spent more of their life in England than Australia.

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    3. Hello Diane, and thank you for your answer. And now Barry is an american citizen too!! They were just awsome and fantastic.

      Hugs

      Manuela

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  20. The laneway looks great and you've captured it really well. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. They had a unique sound, lovely photos Diane. I missed all that about them all emigrating to Australia. I wonder if Barry is in Australia or England these days.

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  22. What a wonderful tribute to the Bee Gees. I remember their music very well -- they were fantastic.

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  23. I liked them very much with their "Staying alive". A nice tribute to them. So sad they have passed away almost all of them and only one brother has left.

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  24. I was a big fan as a teenager. Their high voices made them easy to sing with. Hugely popular in America in the 1970s, 80s.

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  25. I wonder if they ever returned to red cliff during heir hay-day? Great photos. Xxx

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  26. Great blip, I loved the group also. Take care Diane

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  27. I had no idea they originally came from Australia! What a wonderful tribute to them! I loved seeing their photos from the younger years and the statue! I had no idea all had passed on except Barry. That's sad. They were my younger sister's absolute favorites in the 80s.

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