The Bee Gees was at the forefront of disco music in the ’70s. They started performing in the late ’50s and had success after success but they really shot to fame after writing the soundtrack to John Travolta classic Saturday Night Fever.
The hit-writing trio had that distinctive combination of vocals that you cannot fail to recognize and sold over 120 million albums worldwide.
But their fans were left heartbroken and shocked after Maurice, who had been the musical director of the Bee Gees during their final years as a group, died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2003 at just 53 years old. Then in 2012 Robin died of liver and kidney failure and Barry became the only surviving member.
When a concert was held in honor of the Bee Gees, one singer brought the house down with his own tribute to the legendary trio.
Hit country singer Keith Urban, and husband to movie star Nicole Kidman, left Barry Gibb very emotional and got a standing ovation from the star-studded audience with his performance of Bee Gees’ hit “To Love Somebody.”
The Gibb brothers were born and raised in Manchester, England. The family moved to Australia in the late 1950s.
Before he started singing, Keith Urban said that the Bee Gees were a huge inspiration to him. Urban, who was born in New Zealand and is also an Australian citizen, revealed that he felt a special connection with the Gibb brothers as he lived quite close to them growing up.
“They were living about 100 miles from where I grew up with my family and truly, that sort of thing makes your dreams seem a little bit closer,” he said.
Stars such as Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Andra Day, Celine Dion, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett were also at the tribute concert and performed legendary Bee Gees tracks.
But Keith Urban definitely stole the show when he performed on the stage of a special CBS broadcast called “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees.”
Keith calls the song “To Love Somebody” one of the greatest love songs ever written. Watch his talented performance in the video below and I think you’ll agree that the standing ovation was well deserved.
What an amazing tribute to a legendary group. Please share with all the Keith Urban and Bee Gees fans you know.