My Bee Gee Story-Age 22




June 19, 2014

The Mythology Tour brought me a wealth of stories from fans around the world. I especially marvel at the ones from young fans because I know that the music will live on through them. Here is one such story I received after the Philly concert.



I found out about the Bee Gees from my Mom. She has Main Course, Saturday Night Fever, Spirits Having Flown, Children of the Word, ESP and Living Eyes on vinyl. She has One, Size Isn’t Everything and Still Waters on CD and Flowing  Rivers by Andy and a couple of 45 RPMS. I can remember finding Spirits Having Flown on the shelf and playing it on the turntable. It quickly became my favorite album. I heard of Saturday Night Fever because of the famous scene where John Travolta is walking down the street while “Stayin’ Alive” plays. I completely lost count of how many times I’ve seen that movie. I honestly can’t put into words how much I love all three brothers and Andy as well. I remember hearing “Fanny Be Tender” and “Tragedy” when I was young. I can also remember when my dad (who passed in 2005) gave me the Bee Gees One For All concert as a Christmas gift. I still have the VHS to this day. When I was in elementary school I had this teacher who was helping me with math. Somehow we ended up talking about the Bee Gees and she gave me Bee Gees 1st.

The only brother’s death I remember is Robin’s. When Andy died I wasn’t born yet; and in 2003, I wasn’t into Gibb mania yet. It still makes me so sad that they died way too young. I remember I was in college and first saw the news about Robin’s failing health when I was up late on the Internet. When he died, it felt like my whole world was crashing down because now only Barry remained. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought Barry would be the last one standing. I know there’s the saying that the oldest outlives the rest, but I just didn’t expect it. However, I’m glad he’s still alive. Sure, the world is a bleak place without Robin, Maurice and Andy but as long as we still have Barry, it makes the world seem less cold and unforgiving. I have watched interviews on youtube and I really miss the brotherly love. Recently, I saw Barry in Philadelphia on his Mythology Tour. My mom saw the email for presale and I begged her to buy tickets. It was my 22nd birthday present. She ended up enjoying it and it was an amazing experience for me. I never got to see them when Robin and Maurice were alive because I wasn’t born yet. Sometimes I often feel like I was born in the wrong generation because I love music from the Bee Gees era. When Barry talked about his brothers with so much affection, it warmed my heart. I love how “Immortality” is the song that he sings when talking about his brothers. I’ve heard people say there will never be another group like them ever again, and that is so true. The brothers’ memory, music and harmonies are forever immortal, even after the deaths of Andy, Maurice and Robin.

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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5 Responses to My Bee Gee Story-Age 22

  1. Carolyn Crocker says:

    Beautiful story and glad to hear how you love the music. I have been blessed to remember all the brothers and all the wonderful singing and I’m thankful that Barry is so brave and strong that he can continue his singing. What a great blessing for all of us.

  2. What a beautiful story ! It is so good to know that the younger generation enjoys our generation’s music and that it will go on and on for generations to come ! It just goes to show that the Bee Gee’s fan base is so eclectic ! They are truly the greatest band ever ! A true Bee Gee fan forever !

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