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Roots & Influences - The World of Bee Gees

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The Everly Brothers  'Til I Kissed You   buy on itunes
The Chordettes  Lollipop   buy on itunes
Otis Redding  That's How Strong My Love Is   buy on itunes
Roy Orbison  Crying   buy on itunes
Lonnie Donegan  My Old Man's a Dustman   buy on itunes
Buddy Holly  Words of Love   buy on itunes
The Shirelles  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow   buy on itunes
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons  Candy Girl   buy on itunes
The Hollies  Just One Look   buy on itunes
The Brothers Four  Greenfields   buy on itunes
Alma Cogan  This Ole House   buy on itunes
George Formby  When I'm Cleaning Windows   buy on itunes
The Mills Brothers  Paper Doll   buy on itunes
Carole King  It Might As Well Rain Until September   buy on itunes
The Beach Boys  Surfer Girl   buy on itunes


Sure, they grew up in Australia — half a world away from pop’s ground zero — but that didn’t keep Bee Gees from soaking up the music like a six-eared sponge. Rock’s first legendary brother act, the Everly Brothers, crooned their way through a honey-sweet tale of puppy love in “(’Til) I Kissed You” with voices, like the Gibbs’, genetically programmed for seamless harmony. While Buddy Holly had no siblings to aid him in the butterscotch-sweet innocence of “Words of Love,” he did the next best thing: he double-tracked his vocals to get that “brotherly” sound. And Barry Gibb has made plain — on the record [i]and[/i] on records — his awe of Otis Redding, who wrote the book on how to craft a soul power ballad in his knee-scarring declaration of devotion “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” But there’s more: the Bee Gees drew inspiration from the Brill Building, the beach, and points beyond — and we have ’em all.
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