The Bee Gees are one of those musical groups that’s considered legendary after decades of worldwide success and for this reason, a star-studded event was created to pay tribute to the brother band – and in the end, it was epic.
While the entire concert was filled with memorable performances, country artist Keith Urban’s rendition of “To Love Somebody” blew people away.
CBS broadcasted the special, “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” – a tribute concert that was held in L.A.’s Microsoft Theater.
A long list of musical artists was prepared for the event, which included Ed Sheeran, Pentatonix, Demi Lovato, Little Big Town, and even the female powerhouse Celine Dion. The Bee Gee’s only remaining member Barry Gibb was also in attendance, both as an audience member and a performer.
The tribute show was in celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the 1977 Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, put on by The Recording Academy.
Saturday Night Fever is a classic film starring John Travolta, yet, the music itself made a huge splash. The Bee Gees made a major contribution to the soundtrack with hits like, “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever.” In 1978, it brought home the Grammy-Award for “Album of the Year,” which the Bee Gees accepted at the ceremony (representing everyone involved).
The Bee Gees’ career took shape during the late fifties in Australia.
The band consisted of eldest brother Barry Gibb and his twin brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb. Sadly, Maurice passed away in 2003 and Robin in 2012.
To honor the band and their long successful history in the music business, a song list was created with Saturday Night Fever hits and other popular tracks like “Too Much Heaven” and “Immortality.”
New Zealand-born country singer, Keith Urban, was selected to perform a version of “To Love Somebody.” The song was released by the Bee Gees in 1967 on their Bee Gees’ 1st album.
Urban took the stage at the “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” event with his guitar. Back-up vocalists and musicians also joined him for the performance.
Only moments after Urban belts out the first lyrics, the camera pans over to Barry Gibbs. The artist himself seems to be entranced by what he’s hearing.
During the concert, photographs of the group flash on screens in the background. Combined with the classic song and Urban’s beautiful vocals it’s a goosebump-inducing performance.
In an interview, Keith Urban complimented the Bee Gees songwriting talents. He told Recording Academy Grammy Awards:
“The thing I’m amazed at is how they maintained such quality of songwriting through decades and so many stylistic changes in music through those periods. And the songcraft level was always extraordinary.”
At one point, Urban really rocks out and the energy in the room seems unbelievable.
It even transforms into an audience sing-along where everyone gets involved. But like icing on the cake, getting to see Barry’s reactions all the way through is priceless.
Not only did the audience and television viewers enjoy Urban’s spectacular performance – but the internet’s been blown away by it too. One person shared on Facebook:
“Wow! Bee Gees are hard to duplicate! But Keith, as always, hits a home run! To take their phenomenal song and sing it with so much emotions. I LOVE everything he sings!”
This is one of those chilling performances you don’t want to miss! You can watch it for yourself below.
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Posted by US 106.1 America’s Country on Sunday, April 16, 2017