How lucky to grow up with the “boys”!

June 28, 2013



My older sister Candy took me to see the Saturday Night Fever movie when I was 13, and I thought the music was the wildest, most incredible sound I’d ever heard.My sister would play that album day and night!  My own Bee Gee music collection started with Spirits Having Flown, which I got for my birthday. I wore that record out. My two best friends would come over and we’d sit in my bedroom listening to it while we’d lay out all of our new pictures and posters and fan magazines. We would trade them like baseball cards, but I’d be sure to have duplicates so I wouldn’t have to part with a single photo. We talked about Barry non-stop: his smile, his hair his body, his voice. We never ran out of things to say about Barry. We were caught up in everything that the brothers said or did. They were the center of our lives. I thought that Maurice Gibb was the cutest boy I’d ever seen, and I loved it when he played the piano. My friend Danielle would literally cry over Robin. She’d get so emotional about how much she adored him. She was lost in her “Robin Gibb world”. I remember those days like they were yesterday; and what’s really crazy is that the three of us carried that devotion through our college years and beyond. We still talk about the concerts we’ve seen together and none of us has given up our “collections”. I still have my Bee Gee lunchbox. I’d never part with it. The Bee Gees made our teen years so much fun, and we appreciated them even more in our adult years. We grew up with the greatest band ever, and we always knew they were something special. We had so many teen “angst” problems, everything from acne to bad boyfriends.. Growing up is so tough, but all my memories revolve around Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb, so I don’t remember any of the bad stuff, only the music and all the fun. All my problems would just disappear when I’d sing or watch them on TV or be with my friends at a concert, which was like an out-of-body experience. They were the center of everything, and then the rest would just fall into place. I still have those two best friends, and I still have the Bee Gees. Truly blessed!

About morobinbarrystories

Anne Jakowenko, the blog author, has been loving the Bee Gees for decades while raising her sons and teaching college students Speech Communication and English skills at her alma mater, Syracuse University, where she received her Master’s degree. She has also taught for SUNY Oswego and Barry University. Currently, Anne is teaching for the State College of Florida while she continues to collect stories for her book, My Life with the Boys.
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  1. Stefan J. says:

    Nice story about the brothers…

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