Barry Gibb | The last Bee Gee | Sunday Night

Barry Gibb | The last Bee Gee | Sunday Night

(laughs) – Hey, is this the Jive Talkin’ bridge? – [Barry] Yes, I suppose this is it. Chk, ch-chk, ch-chk, chk, ch-chk, ch-chk. That’s what set up the idea for the song. That was the inspiration. ♪ Jive talkin’, tellin’ me lies, yeah ♪ ♪ Jive talkin’, you wear a disguise ♪ – [Rahni] Did lots of
your songs come that way, just something that simple? – Well, some kind of source,
or some kind of trigger. I’ve got a song that I’ve
been working on for Robin, and it’s called The End of the Rainbow. It’s all about time. Today is tomorrow, winters are summers, and the end of the
rainbow is here, you know? So whatever you’re
searching for, you’ve found. – [Rahni] Be happy with where you are. – And I always said to Rob and Mo, you know, the dream came true. Stop, stop. Sit down and enjoy it. – [Rahni] No matter how you look at it, the Bee Gees’ success was colossal. But for all the joy,
equal measures of pain. – My greatest regret is that every brother I’ve lost was in a moment when
we were not getting on. And so I have to live with that. Yeah. I’m the last man standing. – [Rahni] You all right? – Yeah. – [Rahni] I want to take you back, because I think people don’t realise that you weren’t born with
silver spoons in your mouths. – No. – [Rahni] You really were pretty poor. – Well, yeah, that’s the right word. We were from Manchester,
and we had no fear. – [Rahni] Looking for a better life, the Gibb family became Ten Pound Poms, settling in Redcliffe,
north of Brisbane, in 1958. – I think growing up in Australia, there is nothing like it, and that’s my country. That’s where my heart is. That’s where my heart is. – [Rahni] You guys knew
you wanted to be stars. – Yeah, we wanted to be
famous more than anything. ♪ There is something I
would like you all to see ♪ ♪ It’s just a photograph
of someone that I knew ♪ ♪ Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones ♪ ♪ Do you know what it’s
like on the outside ♪ – [Rahni] In London, they were picked up by the management team behind the Beatles. Legendary promoter Robert Stigwood launched their first single anonymously. – Robert put it out in America for radio, but he didn’t tell anybody who it was. And I think the trick for him was to make everyone
think it was the Beatles. – [Rahni] I think your dad said to you to always smile onstage
when you were young. – He would stand at the
back of the audience. Tell Robin! ♪ Smile ♪ ♪ An everlasting smile ♪ ♪ A smile can bring you near ♪ ♪ To me ♪ ♪ Don’t ever let me find you gone ♪ ♪ ‘Cause that would bring a tear ♪ But dad was very undemonstrative. He couldn’t show his emotions. – [Rahni] So he never praised you? – No. No. You’d see the look on
his face, that was good. That was all right. – [Rahni] And that helped
to drive you on, didn’t it? – Yeah, because you’re probably looking for acceptance all the time, and if you get that too
easily, you don’t work for it. ♪ It’s only words ♪ ♪ And words are all I have ♪ ♪ To take your heart ♪ ♪ Away ♪ (audience applauding) – [Rahni] In 1969, Robin left the band. But two years later, they reunited, and by the mid-’70s had
rediscovered their mojo. ♪ You can tell by the way I use my walk ♪ ♪ I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk ♪ They moved to Miami as disco erupted. ♪ Since I was born ♪ ♪ And now it’s all right, it’s okay ♪ ♪ You may look the other way ♪ ♪ We can try to understand ♪ ♪ The New York Times’ effect on man ♪ ♪ Whether you’re a brother
or whether you’re a mother ♪ ♪ You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive ♪ ♪ Feel the city breakin’
and everybody shakin’ ♪ ♪ And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive ♪ ♪ Ah, ha, ha, ha ♪ ♪ Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive ♪ ♪ Ah, ha, ha, ha ♪ ♪ Stayin’ alive ♪ And then the world
really exploded for you. – Yeah, and we became, I don’t
know, we were in a bubble. You’re in it, but you can’t see it. And so you’re in the eye of a storm. – [Rahni] What’s that like, when people are clambering over your cars, there’s thousands of
people wherever you go? – It’s great. Isn’t it? – I don’t know, it’s never happened to me. ♪ Dancin’, yeah ♪ ♪ Dancin’, yeah ♪ – Hold it.
– One more. – Hold it. It would be nice if we could find a bigger sound for that solo. Can we go rounder? (keyboard music) Yeah, just like that, yeah, beautiful. Okay, let’s do it again. Second half of the chorus,
but bring that sound in. That’s great. Yeah. Okay. One, two, three, four. ♪ Tragedy ♪ It’s usually melody first, and then a few days later we’ll
sit down and do the lyrics. Because it’s nice to
let something ferment, let it find its way into your head, and let it stay there, and
then you do the lyrics. And you make the lyrics fit the melody. ♪ Tragedy ♪ ♪ When the feelin’s gone
and you can’t go on ♪ ♪ It’s tragedy ♪ ♪ When the morning cries
and you don’t know why ♪ ♪ It’s hard to bear ♪ ♪ With no one to love you,
you’re goin’ nowhere ♪ – [Rahni] It got to a point where you weren’t in the charts,
you were the charts. – We had five in the top 10, and at one point as a writer, I had three songs in the top five. All by different artists. ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ Pulses racing, darling ♪ ♪ How grand we are ♪ ♪ Little by little we meet in the middle ♪ ♪ There’s danger in the dark ♪ – [Rahni] You’ve worked
with some of the most incredible artists in the world. Was Barbra Streisand the most
intimidating of all of them? – Yeah. I think so.
– I think she’s downright scary.
– Oh boy, yeah. I love her. But she scares me. ♪ We take it away ♪ ♪ It’s gotta be night and day ♪ ♪ Just a matter ♪ – [Rahni] Why is she scary? Does she yell at you or something? – No, she’s angry. She’s happy and angry and happy and angry. ♪ Ah, ah, ah ♪ ♪ Nobody gets ♪ – [Rahni] You of course had the falsetto. – [Barry] Yeah. – [Rahni] Tell me about
discovering that falsetto. – Well. (laughs) It’s a long story. ♪ Ah, ah ♪ ♪ Nobody gets ♪ – [Rahni] How do you do it? How do you, I mean– – Well, you change. You just go from that to that. (laughs) ♪ And you start singin’ ♪ ♪ Ah ♪ ♪ Ah ♪ ♪ Love is such a ♪ That scream led me to doing
whole songs like that. And then everyone got carried away, because it worked so well,
that Robin would say, oh no, sing this song, sing this song, because we’re having smashes,
we’re having hit records. We had six number ones
in a row with that sound. Robin wanted success more than anything, and that’s what made Robin tick. – [Rahni] You have said that
you never want to feel success, because then you’ll stop trying. – Yeah. – Is that why you think you’ve been able to keep your humility, because– – Stay on the ground. Don’t believe any of it, because everything passes no matter what. And what have we witnessed
in the past 10 years? How everything really does pass. – [Rahni] On a drive to Miami Beach, Barry is thinking a
lot about the old days, about his good friend Michael Jackson. – I had a great relationship with Michael. We had some amazing moments. He would always say things like watch out, watch out, Barry. Barry, they want your music. They’re trying to get my music. I said it’s all right, Michael. (laughing) ♪ How deep is your love ♪ ♪ How deep is your love,
how deep is your love ♪ ♪ I really need to learn ♪ ♪ ‘Cause we’re ♪ – [Rahni] What do you think
your greatest achievement is? – My family. My children, my grandchildren. Because that’s real. – [Rahni] Hello. – Well, g’day. – G’day, mate. I’m Rahni, how are you? Lovely to meet you. – A lizard. Where’d you get the hat? – Playing games. I told you. – [Rahni] So you put up
with this man for 45 years. – I have indeed. – How do you manage to have one of the longest
marriages in show business? – We don’t really know, actually. We don’t really know. – I guess we keep laughing. – [Rahni] As close as
Barry is to his wife Linda, the relationship with his brothers was a deep and unbreakable bond. – Nobody really ever knew what the three of us felt or what the three of us
thought about each other. Only the three of us knew. It was such a unifying thing that the three of us
became like one person. We all had the same dream, you know? That’s what I remember
more than anything else. And that’s what I miss
more than anything else. – [Rahni] Robin died four months ago. Maurice, or Mo, as Barry
calls him, died in 2003. ♪ I just wanna be your everything ♪ Andy, who was 12 years younger than Barry and a successful solo
artist, died in 1988. – What happened with
Andy was always abstract. The medical story is that
his heart was very bad, but he had lived a
lifestyle that, you know, very few of us in the
family even knew about. What would you call it? The L.A. lifestyle. You don’t have to look too far. – Why do you think that happened to Andy, when the three of you, to a large extent, avoided that depth of– – We never avoided it. We all fell over at certain points. – [Rahni] It has been a
bloody tough year for you. – It’s actually been
a bloody tough decade. Since I guess losing Mo, it’s 10 years. We lost Mo in 48 hours from being aperfectly
spirited, normal guy, as wacky as he always was, to suddenly becoming gravely
ill, and we just lost him. The situation with Rob was different, because I always felt
something was wrong with Rob, and if something’s really wrong with you, you don’t want everyone to know. – [Rahni] So Robin didn’t
even tell you until– – No. No. – [Rahni] Late in the piece. – Even now, those closest to him will
say it was something else. There’s a lot of not
wanting to say what it is. Cancer is cancer, you know? – [Man] That’s right, on up through there. – [Rahni] You can’t watch it? – [Barry] It just makes me emotional. – [Rahni] Yeah. How special they were. – [Barry] Yeah. – [Rahni] You all right? – Yeah. – Are you feeling the
loss of them, so dealing– – Yeah, for a long time. The only way I can actually
deal with it is through music. – When you see that,
do you remember those– – Of course I do. – First.
– Yeah. We loved it, that’s why we did it. That’s why we did it. We knew it sounded great. We just knew. And that was our path, and
there was no other path. We loved the sound of each other’s voices. Can we take a pause? – [Rahni] Yeah, sure, certainly. Have a moment. Do you want some water? – [Barry] Yeah. – [Rahni] It’s that video, isn’t it? Sorry.
– No, it’s okay. It’s okay. Hey, listen, it’s– – [Rahni] Sorry. – [Barry] No, not at all. That hasn’t happened before. – [Rahni] You’ve never cried? – No. – [Rahni] Oh, Barry, I’m so sorry. – That’s all right, darling. That’s all right. That’s life, isn’t it? But that hadn’t happened. ♪ Please help me mend ♪ ♪ My broken heart ♪ ♪ And let me live again ♪ My greatest regret is that
every brother I’ve lost was in a moment when
we were not getting on. And so I have to live with that. And I’ll spend my life reflecting on that. There were many times we had conflicts, but this was just really, distressing that every
time one of them passed it was during a moment
when we weren’t getting on. I see a lot of sides to life
now that I didn’t see before. And I don’t know why, but
I’m the last man standing. I’ll never be able to understand that, because I’m the eldest. Don’t try to understand it. Don’t try to understand
it, just keep movin’. – That’s Scarborough, that’s the house. – [Rahni] Barry is returning
to tour Australia in February. He’ll be sharing his music,
home movies, and stories, including his colourful
childhood in Redcliffe. – Right about here, the
three of us stood together and decided that we would
never break the law again. – [Rahni] Really? Joining him in Miami is the
mayor of Moreton Bay region, Allan Sutherland. – And my speech to them was we’re either gonna end up as criminals, or we’re gonna end up being famous. We have to decide now. – Wow, that’s a changing moment on the Redcliffe jetty for the Bee Gees. – It certainly was. And I remember having a pen knife that I just nicked from Woolworth. And I threw it in the water. – [Rahni] Really? – And I never stole
another thing in my life. – [Rahni] Next year in Redcliffe, a walkway will be named
in honour of the Bee Gees. – [Barry] What are you doing down there? – A model of what’s
going to be a lot larger. – [Rahni] There’ll also
be a life-sized statue. – Wow. – [Rahni] This must be a bit overwhelming. – The whole day has been a
little overwhelming for me. Today was the first time I’d actually accepted the fact that
all my brothers are gone. And that was tough. But I have to thank you for that, ’cause that’s, that hasn’t happened. That hadn’t happened until today. Because it was totally unacceptable to me. – [Rahni] That Robin had passed. – Yeah, that all of them are gone. – [Rahni] When you get up
on the stage in Australia, will your brothers be alongside you? – They’ll be onstage with me, yeah. ♪ And we don’t say goodbye ♪ ♪ We don’t say goodbye ♪ We just didn’t agree on everything, and that’s the way life was, but boy, did we have some fun. My God. ♪ Immortality ♪ From here on, I got the memories, and I’ve been able to unload
a lot of those emotions today. I didn’t know what would happen, because I hadn’t done an
interview since I lost Rob. Thank you so much, sweetheart.


100 thoughts on “Barry Gibb | The last Bee Gee | Sunday Night”

  • I keep watching this. I grew up listening to the Bee Gees during the 70's. I feel bad for Barry. Losing his brothers hurts like heck. I hate death with a vengeance!

  • Midnightx user Midnightxuser says:

    🌈🦋 There’s just one more thing I wish I’d said my dear Mr. Gibb: there is so much more left in you that you are now going to taste the sweet songs closer to the bone. And I know that that is in you,I am a songwriter too, and I know that with age it gets sweeter, closer to the bone. I’m sure you know what I mean and it tastes good in there, so I expect to see deeper harder sweeter and gnaw on those songs till it is so sweet that you can taste it – I know that when you do The music will flow through your veins like a gold river at the end of your rainbow, And I can’t wait to hear what its going to sing-it will take on a life of its own and you will see it so clearly through your tears and you’ll know, you’ll know. I’ll be waiting to hear from youBecause everybody streams now-I’ll be listening For IT,with ALL my ears.Blessings,n hugs!

  • I love the music you guys have always sing. I’m only 33 years old but it always set a good vibe in my heart and soul. I’m sorry about your brothers and I know they will always live on inside of your heart, soul and music.

  • He says "yes I'm oké", but his tears shows how much he miss his brothers.
    And I also have tears in my eyes, thinking of the sisters I lost.
    But I didn't lost the memories.
    Thanks Barry, it was a great time in history.
    We will never forget the Beegees.

  • I'm so glad that I took this time to listen to a heartwarming and heartbreaking interview. Always loved them, always will. Their music will survive many generations to come.

  • I can guarantee his brothers are up there waiting for Barry to be reunited with them to continue jamming to the universe.

  • How many people have tried to find that pen knife in Moreton Bay! Beautiful interview, Sir Barry looked like he was really enjoying it.

  • Quaalude Charlie says:

    Too much Tragedy , If your Reading this . I Now break the "curse upon you" . Go Now You Are Free , We all fell over at certain Points I Miss the Disco Biscuits 🙂 QC

  • They were a success through all the music fads, were their own genre, left us with incredible life’s memories and thanks to internet, we can return to any of those moments and reminisce.

  • Wow. I had no idea. I now have mad respect for this man. You are a good brother and I’m sure Robin Andy and Maurice are looking down on you right now.

  • you know why it happened during a moment where you werent getting on? barry? because it hurts less the further away you are. and their spirit didnt want to hit you that hard with their parting. because they love you. we do that to eachother. but we dont understand in this life. only in the next. which, when you get there, feels like no time has passed. all days are yesterdays and tomorrows.

  • robert catterall says:

    The Best group Ever sad there is onl one Left standing..they made some bueatiful music…… Godbless ♥♥♥

  • Thank you Barry and your brothers for sharing and giving so much of yourselves to your fans. That time was the best time and some of the hardest times of my life. Every song takes me back to a moment of my personal history and your music inspired me to go on, I still know the words to your songs!


  • The interviewer did a great job. She was very respectful and gave him space.. unlike some other blood sucking interviewers..

  • I'll never forget the days of bellbottoms, John Travolta and The Bee Gees. We were a part of its grandeur, young and free.

  • Renata Limarzi says:

    Every minute of this video is breathtaking. Miss Mo and Robin so much. As unique singers, musicians, performers, writers and as wonderful human beings. And also Andy, dear Andy
    So talented and wonderful guy…. God bless Barry. Bee Gees forever in music history and in our hearts, souls and memories. Renata

  • PAUL JAMES Mcintosh says:

    Love this man and his truth in life . All from the heart and sadly I feel your pain being a sibling. X god go with you and your family xxx

  • Michael Stanley says:

    If the Bee Gee's music doesn't touch your Heart and Soul there's something wrong. The Bee Gee's music has the Power of Timelessness and to connect with all Generations. There music is a Gift to the Whole Earth and Life worth living.


    Barry, you forgot to tell us who gave you your music.
    Who told you to change you voice?
    Who gave you your success?

  • I Could hardly get through this, like him I lost everyone in my family one right after another, in just five years time. My oldest brother first, than my dad, 5 months later my sister, than my other brother has Alzheimer and is lost to me, and 10 months ago my mother died. We were not a superstar brilliant group as the Bee Bees, just a close family. So watching this kind of helped me a little, his words with last one standing and nothing you can do but go on. I think in my case is what drives me nuts is how all my friends and other parts of the family walk around all tip toe like with me, like some won't even call me. My kids tell me it's because they don't know what to say to someone who has been through such lost. I said well hello and how are you would be nice!!! Anyway I always loved this group and I am into rock, but there was just something there with these guys. And I loved this interview because I so felt it.

  • i didnt know that ROBIN was married to LULU!!! Robin also presented a music award to JIMI HENDRIX in 1967!!!! man jimi hendrix appeared on LULUs show in`69. go figure!!!

  • Liliana Mardones says:

    Bee Gees me encanta 😍 desde niña este grupo musical desde siempre de una época bella of my live y de todos los tiempos 💋Barry ❤un bello Winner como 🎸vocalista gracias por tus 🎼canciones 🎶🎵

  • Baldwin Collins says:

    the Bee gees were pioneers in Bringing Disco Music alive. Back in the 70s EraSong writers who could Naturally write songs and other Artistes. we miss them but they're Music lives on.

  • Margaret Greenwood says:

    What a lovely man you are. Siblings do often argue a lot. Doesn't mean they don't love each other though. It's natural xxx

  • I wore my 8 tracks, 45s and 33s out I bet playing the BeeGees I bet.
    Was too little to see SNF but I saw sargeant peppers lonely hearts club band sooo many times as it was held over at Brownwood texas many many weeks
    Good memories

  • He seems like such a lovely man.
    An unfortunate pattern I've noticed in these biopics is that they gloss over (or in this case completely ignore) the pre-Saturday Night Fever '70s success the Bee Gees had. During that time, they had a string of hits including a few number ones.

  • Heartbroken since Andy died .. LOVE the Bee-gees! Adored Barry ( and still do), but Andy broke my heart . . . I hate celebrities, but not the Gibb brothers . . . real deal . . .I love the "{Beegees!"!!!

  • I feel sad for Andy, he must have felt so left out being so much younger than his brothers but wanting to be a part of their music. He couldn’t and tried to do a solo thing but he must have still been lonely and depressed and turned to drug use to fill that gap in his heart of feeling left out from his brothers. Poor Andy I think not only was the drug use what contributed to his heart giving out but also just having a broken heart in general, and then losing Victoria was the last thing his heart could take.

  • Touching interview, great amazing artist, great music, wonderful time of my music and dancing life, thanks for the music and memories

  • "No matter how you look at it," their singing style started out goofy and dweeby and ended up goofy and smurfy. For the real Bee Gee thing, IMHO, see the satire "Hee Bee Gee Bees – Meaningless Songs In Very High Voices (Live in Swedish TV)
    " and listen closely to every hilarious word of the lyric >:-D

  • I was so anti-disco, but Bee Gees still shown through it and their early stuff was incredible. Like them or not, you've got to respect their work and success.

  • What a humble, beautiful soul. RIP to all of the brothers, including Andy. That family had talent in spades. Thank you so much for all of that fantastic music!!

  • Sigh the bee gees rocked in the 70s many good memories come flooding back as I listen to the bee gees songs again.barry we wish you all the best and may God give you the strength to carry on we understand the pain your going thru

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