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Few bands have experienced such extreme highs and lows as the Bee Gees. Throughout their decades-long career, the band of brothers managed to be both grossly underrated and one of the best-selling acts of all time. Barry Gibb and his younger twin brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb started out in the late ‘50s as a teenaged pop group in Australia. On today’s episode Rick Rubin talks to Barry Gibb about how the Bee Gees’ impeccable three-part harmony caught the ear of the prominent UK manager Robert Stigwood, who had a heavy hand in molding the Bee Gees into a world renowned group. They also talk through the making of some of Rick’s favorite Bee Gees songs, and Barry recalls what it was like collaborating with Barbara Streisand, who wouldn’t sing a single note before 2 a.m.

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Check out a playlist of our favorite Bee Gees songs HERE — enjoy! And to hear Barry’s favorite Australian hits from his childhood, click HERE.

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