In a new video chat with Rolling Stone, Barry Gibb — the solo surviving member of the Bee Gees — spoke candidly about how the anti-disco backlash hurt him and his brothers in the late-1970's and early-'80s. Following the mega-platinum success of 1977's Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and the group's 1979's Sprits Having Flown album and tour, the Gibb brothers were still writing and producing blockbusters — but only if MOR giants like Barbra Streisand and Kenny Rogers sang them, due to the stigma associated with the brothers' voices.
Barry Gibb looked back and said, “I’ve always had a problem criticizing anything that was a Number One record. Then people started putting us down, and I couldn’t say that about any artist that had six Number One records in a row.”
The long awaited Bee Gees documentary, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, premieres on HBO Max on Saturday (December 12th), and Barry's country-crossover album of duets, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1, drops on January 8th.