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Open Letter to the Bee Gees

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Barry, Maurice (2003) and Robin (2012)

Barry, Maurice (2003) and Robin (2012)

Bee Gees - Too Much Heaven

Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love

Letter includes their 40 Greatest Hits!

Dear Brothers Gibb; I've Got A Message To Get To You and what better way than with a personal fan letter! I have many Words of appreciation for The Bee Gees. While listening to your music, one never feels Alone. I feel the need to share my Emotions regarding how much I enjoy your songs with you.

I am Guilty of enjoying the disco days of the 70's and 80's and I tended to do much Jive Talkin'. I had a Secret Love, or more of a crush on Barry! What woman didn't!? I used to think If I Can't Have You I don't want nobody baby, but I moved on One day. Luckily! It didn't take me long to figure out How Can You Mend A Broken Heart! My friends and family were sure relieved! It was a whole new World for me!

I Started A Joke one day while I was listening to my Saturday Night Fever album and I announced I was going to purchase some Islands In The Stream! Since I was a broke teen my joke didn't work out too well. So, I told my friends...You Win Again.

The news of your brother Andy passing away in 1988 was a Heartbreaker. You brothers must have had many Lonely Nights missing him, and I'm sure you still do. To Love Somebody one day and the next day they are gone is a Tragedy. Another sad time for you was when you lost Robin in 2003. All four brothers Loved So Right and now there were two. Times such as these make us question our own Immortality. Would you want to always be Stayin' Alive? If the aging process was halted I'd consider it, but if that deal falls through I would pass.

OK, I was just Saved By The Bell...I have to take a phone call I'll be back!

Whether you were performing in the United Kingdom where you were born, Australia where you were raised or in Massachusetts your songs always climbed the charts! Do you often travel back to Queensland, Australia for a Holiday? I'd like to travel down under one day soon. We could meet up and visit with my friend Glyn in Tasmania...she would Love You Inside Out!

Saturday Night Fever is the 4th highest-selling album worldwide! You Should Be Dancing everyday with that incredible milestone! The disco era was drawing to an end until the Bee Gees stepped in and said This Is Where I Came in with your hits and prolonged the disco days! Not even a New York Mining Disaster could stop you!

I predict you celebrated with many fun Nights On Broadway with your gals who were More Than A Woman to you! You also experienced many Night Fevers by showing How Deep Is Your Love. I always tell my friends Don't Forget To Remember the Bee Gees. If they should ever need a reminder they could Run To Me! Except for the First Of May because that's when I celebrate Tim McGraw's birthday. I enjoy a wide variety of music. My Fanny Be Tender writing all the time! There are times when I just have to get up and dance! I have some moves called Spicks and Specks which also happens to be your first single released in the UK in 1966! On a final note I'd like to emphasize that listening to the Bee Gees music one could never get Too Much Heaven.

Love Me and I love you Barry, Robin (RIP), and Maurice (RIP).

P.S. This letter includes 39 out of their 40 Greatest Hits songs. I tried but I couldn't seem to fit one song in my letter ... For Whom The Bell Tolls ... I am accepting ideas in the comment section below. Thank you!

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive

Thank you Alecia Murphy for suggesting this video...

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

Comments

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 02, 2019:

Yes, nothing was like the Bee Gee's, Sunshine. Great letter. They set records, broke and healed hearts with their music, and they are legends.

Thanks for a very thoughtful article, and yes, I'm staying alive. It's interesting now because many new songs incorporate that disco drive in the music. The Bee Gee's helped make that happen.

Much respect,

Tim

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 27, 2013:

Lol, I enjoyed their outfits on Staying Alive Sunshine! :) Kidding aside, love the Bee Gees. Thanks for this one enjoyable hub. You brought them back to life.

BTW, the last video suggested by Alecia Murphy can't be played due to its copyright ground, FYI. :)

Sharing the music.

Annette R. Smith from Ocala, Florida on March 27, 2013:

What a fun hub to run across today! I grew up listening to the Bee Gees, and I was "in love" with Andy Gibb. I had their music on cassettes, but my favorite Andy songs were on 45s that I picked up at the Perry Bros. dime store. I have to be in a disco mood to listen to their stuff today, but I love their music from the 60s and can listen to that any time.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 26, 2013:

The BeeGees may die, but their music will never die! I've always loved these guys.

I like the way you got their music in your Hub. I didn't know they performed For Whom the Bells Toil??

Voted UP, and shared.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 26, 2013:

They are so evergreen, I had to share this again. Lovely, Linda!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on September 01, 2012:

Definitely Happy 66th Birthday to Barry Gibb. Even though I was born in the late 70's, I happen to love Saturday Night Fever and by extension the Bee Gees, I even got the CD when I was a teenager. Your fan letter brought back some great memories for me. Thanks seriously Linda. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 01, 2012:

Happy 66th Birthday to Barry Gibb! :)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 21, 2012:

I agree Lesley. It's a sad time for Bee Gees fans.

Lesleysherwood on May 21, 2012:

I LOVE THIS HUB. THANK YOU LINDA. IM SAD TODAY. WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER BRILLIANT TALENTED MAN...

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 21, 2012:

Noenhulk, RIP for sure. Robin is now with his twin brother Maurice.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 21, 2012:

Hi John, I agree. Both Donna Summer and Robin Gibb in one weekend was too much. It reminds me of June 25th, 2009 when Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on the same day, which also happened to be my birthday. We will always have our memories to keep alive:)

noenhulk on May 20, 2012:

Bee Gees are one of my favorites group band. I knew slmost all of their songs. It saddened me that Robin just passed away. May he rest in peace..

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on May 20, 2012:

Great hub Sunshine625.

I can't believe it. What struck me the most is that both Robin and Donna Summers both passed away just days from each other - two of Disco's great are gone.

Take care. Voted up and away!

John

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 20, 2012:

I agree. Parents aren't supposed to outlive their children, but it happens. They also have a sister who we don't hear much about. She's a quiet one.

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on May 20, 2012:

I feel so much for his mother...

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 20, 2012:

Maurice died at age 53, Robin at age 62. Andy was 30 years old. Their mom is 91. Their dad did three years after Andy from a broken heart. A lot of sadness in the Gibb family.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on May 20, 2012:

So Robin just passed away, too, I heard. So sad. Have they all died young? Barry is only 65? Dang. What sadness in that family. I loved them from way back as a young kid. Thanks for sharing this. Sharing with my friends on Facebook.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 20, 2012:

The Bee Gees turned me onto how awesome music is and will always have a special place in my heart.

I wonder if Barry will perform on his own now, he's only 65 yrs old and he's still got it. Time will tell.

Thanks UW!

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on May 20, 2012:

Yes, very sad. I was such a big Bee Gees fan, now they are no more :(

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 20, 2012:

R.I.P. Robin :(

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 29, 2012:

Cogerson ~ PDX ~ Tammyswallow ~ Poetic Fool ... I'm glad to see there are many more fans of the Bee Gees! Thanks for stopping by!:)

Poetic Fool on February 20, 2012:

Cute, Linda! Nice to see you included those great Bee Gee hits of the sixties. These guys were one of those guilty pleasure groups for me during their disco days. Whether you liked them or not they was no denying their staying power. Not many acts have charted songs in 4 different decades!

Tammy from North Carolina on February 14, 2012:

How Deep is Your Love for the Bee Gees? I'd say pretty deep. Great hub. I love their music when I get into a disco kind of mood. Well written!

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 17, 2012:

sad, but such is life i suppose

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on January 15, 2012:

Hard not to think about John Travolta when reading this hub. Lots of interesting information in the hub. Sorry to read that Robin is very ill. Thanks for the trip back in time.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 14, 2012:

Thanks Justin, sadly I've heard that Barry will be the last remaining brothers gibb since Robin is very ill. How sad for Barry.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 14, 2012:

fantastic, sunshine. The BeeGees often get mocked because of their association with dicso, but they had amazing harmonies and were good musicians. Also, you could have used For Whom The Bell Tolls for either of the brothers' deaths, IMHO.

UP and shared

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 12, 2012:

Barry, Robin and I thank you for sharing your love of the Bee Gees with us. They are awesome and we know it:)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 10, 2012:

I do love the Bee Gees:). I used to cart their cassette around when I babysat - all th little kids liked to sing with them too. You know how hilarious it is to see a little 3 year old boy sing "More Than A Woman?". Lol. So cute:). Now you know why I was a popular babysitter - I was into educational skills! Haha!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane:). I couldn't think of anything to use with "For Whom The Bell Tolls" either! Oh and thank you so much for the links :-).

Debra Allen from West By God on January 10, 2012:

I love the BeeGees and have a hub about them too.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 10, 2012:

I loved the BeeGees, Sunshine, and enjoyed your clever fan letter. I guess you could say that Andy and Robin Gibb learned firsthand 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' when they passed away much too soon.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on January 09, 2012:

Well you had my vote as soon as I saw the title. Lol

What a fabulous letter Sunshine. I love the way you have incorated their songs into the letter.

These guys are just TOPS.

The passing of Andy was such a devastaion and he will never be forgotten as part of the Bee gees.

I think the mold was broken after these guys were made.

Great hub I enjoyed reading this so nuch

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 09, 2012:

The Bee Gees are feeling your love Glyn!! They could tell by the way you use your walk ... that you are their biggest fan!!

Glyn on January 09, 2012:

What an awesome hub! The Bee Gees are a national treasure!! Where the heck would we be if not for them, to make us want to be dancing....or bring us out of the doldrums when life is going down the toilet. Not onlt with their own hits...too many to even comprehend, but also as writers having the best singers in the world line up to sing their songs.

I DO have a suggestion For Whom the Bell Tolls, but it makes me sad to think that it may be for yet another one of the famous Bee Gee's. Arh....they don't make them like those guys anymore !

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 09, 2012:

Thank you MissOlive, Girl, Mythical and Sue!! You are awesome, and I ain't jive talkin'!

Hlynn, I would've given you an A+... this is quite challenging to do but so much fun!!

Sue Parkinson on January 09, 2012:

LOVE them!! Great Hub SS!

hlynnstephens from Dallas, Texas on January 09, 2012:

Clever. I used to do this in grade school with our spelling words, the teacher always gave me an "A".

mythicalstorm273 on January 09, 2012:

I have to admit I do not really know the Bee Gees so this was an interesting letter for me to read! I know I've heard of many of their songs, but I don't know them well. Still I love how you do this. Putting the songs into a letter that actually says something is not an easy process and you do it very well. I find this very interesting and yet informative for somebody who does not know them very well. I liked reading all of the titles and seeing their top songs put into print like this. Very useful and interesting!

girltalksshop on January 09, 2012:

Cute how you incorporated the songs into your letter. It sure gave them a new meaning, huh? My favorite of the Gibb brothers was Andy...the youngest. But I love their songs! Great hub!! Thanks for sharing it. Voted up and awesome, of course. : )

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on January 09, 2012:

I love love love the Bee Gee's. They take me back to many many memories. Fun times! I wore the movie soundtrack record DOWN!!! Great videos too. You never cease to impress Sunshine. I'm really enjoying your celebrity hubs.

Voted up and across!!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 09, 2012:

Sunnie ~ Lord ~ Gloria ~ Tammy ~ Effer ~ Admiral ... Thank you all for your comments! I'm happy to know there are many more Bee Gees fans around!!!

Admiral_Joraxx from Philippines on January 09, 2012:

Bee Gees, they are indeed great artists of all time. i love their songs. Thanks for this hub for them. 1 up! =)

Suzie from Carson City on January 09, 2012:

I lost count of how many times I watched "Saturday Night Fever." I already liked the Bee Gees, but because of that movie, I fell in love with them. I also realized John Travolta was destined to be a huge star. Who would have guessed "Vinnie Barbarino" would go so far!?

It's so sad that 2 Gibb brothers are no longer with us, but when they sing their beautiful harmony in the Heavens,and we can hear the church bell chime.... We know FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. OUTSTANDING HUB!!

Tammy from North Carolina on January 09, 2012:

When I was very young I remember my babysitter's room being plastered with pictures of these fellows.. I am a big fan of "Staying Alive". Well done and GROOOOVY!

geegee77 from The Lone Star State!! on January 09, 2012:

Oh how I loved The Bee Gees, i remember having such a crush om Andy and how sad it was when he died, my first album I ever bought was Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I would play it over & over. Thanks sunshine to this awesome hun I loved it :) ge

Joseph De Cross from New York on January 09, 2012:

What a wonderful sharade of words from their music Linda. I lived their time too. So sad to hear from Little Andy passing away so young back in 88. Terrific Letter my friend. Voted up!:)

LORD

Sunnie Day on January 09, 2012:

Oh how I loved and still do love the Bee Gee's..Great, wonderful hub sunshine..creative in everyway..They would be proud..My sad song when I wanted to have a good cry I would play.."I started a joke" I would have a good pity party..lol

Thanks for sharing my friend,

Sunnie

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 09, 2012:

Thank you Linda, Maria and Barry for stopping by to visit the Bee Gees!

Great idea Alecia ... I added the video!! Thanks!:)

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 09, 2012:

Hey Sunshine! I loved the Bee Gees growing up. Most notably the Saturday Night Fever songs. Then it started all over again after I saw the Barry Gibb Talk Show SNL skit. That never ceases to crack me up. Thanks for bringing up good memories!

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on January 09, 2012:

The Bell Tolls for thee!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 09, 2012:

Love, love love... what a happy way to start my day!

Voted UP and all kinds of Awesome... to be shared...

Thanks and hugs, Maria

plumloco415 on January 09, 2012:

Wow, love this, great Hub !!

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