Bee Gees’ Awards History
Billboard didn't have a prime-time TV show in 1978 on which to dole out awards to the year's top sellers. If it had, Bee Gees would have gotten a real workout sprinting up to the stage to pick up all their prizes. The brother trio was the year's Top Pop Singles Artist and Top Pop Albums Artist in the magazine's year-end chart recap issue. Saturday Night Fever, which they dominated, was the year's #1 album and #1 soundtrack. Bee Gees were also the year's Top Pop Producers (in conjunction with their colleagues Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson).
The brothers—Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb--would have been finalists in several other TV categories as well. They had two of the year's top five singles: "Night Fever" at #2 and "Stayin' Alive" at #4. ("Night Fever" was blocked from the top spot by Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing," which the brothers co-wrote with their younger brother Andy.)
"How Deep Is Your Love," which was the year's #6 pop hit, was also the year's #2 easy listening hit (that was the old term for adult contemporary). The brothers were the year's #3 easy listening artists. Fever was the year's #3 soul album (just behind albums by Earth, Wind & Fire and Commodores).
Bee Gees also did extremely well on the year-end charts the following year. Spirits Having Flown was the #2 album of 1979, just behind Billy Joel's 52nd Street. Bee Gees had three of the year's top 30 singles: "Too Much Heaven" at #11, "Tragedy" at #16 and "Love You Inside Out" at #33.
Bee Gees and Kris Kristofferson co-hosted the first Billboard Music Awards TV show in late 1977. That may seem like an odd pairing—OK, it was an odd pairing—but both acts were at the forefront of the pop movie/music boom. Saturday Night Fever opened on Dec. 16, 1977; A Star Is Born, in which Kristofferson starred opposite Barbra Streisand, had opened one year earlier.
Bee Gees had a long history of scoring big on the year-end Billboard charts. "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" was the #5 hit of 1971. "Jive Talkin'" was #12 for 1975. "You Should Be Dancing" was #31 for 1976. (That same year, Bee Gees were crowned the Top Singles Duo or Group, over Captain & Tennille and Wings.)
They also scored on the year-end album charts. Main Course was the #24 album of 1976, Children Of The World was #24 for 1977, Here At Last…Bee Gees….Live was #21 for 1978, Bee Gees Greatest was #33 for 1980.