Bee Gees - Alive Piano Sheet Music

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Artist Information:

The Bee Gees, originally made up of three brothers: Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb (died 2012), and Maurice Gibb (died 2003), have been successful for most of their 40-plus years of recording music. They had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a pop act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as a foremost act of the disco music era in the late 1970s.

The Gibb brothers were born on the Isle of Man, UK to English parents in 1946 (Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, September 1) and 1949 ( twins Robin Hugh Gibb and Maurice (pronounced “Morris”) Ernest Gibb, December 22). The family returned to father Hugh Gibb’s home town of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England in the early 1950s where the boys began to sing in harmony, debuting in public on one memorable occasion at a local cinema. The boys were going to lip sync to a record, which other children had done at the cinema in previous weeks. However, on the way to the cinema, the record was dropped and broken. As a result, the brothers got on stage and sang themselves. They got a very good response from the crowd, which convinced them that singing was what they wanted to do with their lives.

In 1958, the Gibb family, including infant brother Andy (born March 5, 1958 in Manchester), emigrated to Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, and and went to Humpybong State School. The still very young brothers began performing where they could to raise pocket change.

Song Facts:

“Alive” is a ballad written by Barry and Maurice Gibb and recorded by the Bee Gees for their album To Whom It May Concern. It was the second and last single from the album.

It was another piano ballad (customary for Bee Gees singles during this period), which Barry has noted that he doesn’t even remember writing. As mastered for the album, the inherent dynamic range in the vocal and piano has unfortunately been compressed almost out of existence, but it still comes across as an expressive ballad. The remastered version found on Tales from the Brothers Gibb, has increases the range somewhat lost on the album version. This single reached number 34 on the US charts in 1973. It was the group’s last top 40 hit in either the US or UK until “Jive Talkin’” in 1975. “Alive” was the group’s last release on the ATCO label. In 1973, the Bee Gees’ manager, Robert Stigwood formed his own label, RSO Records, where the Gibb brothers enjoyed their most success.

On the promo video for the single, Maurice first appears playing the piano, with Barry and Robin appearing only holding a microphone.

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