Episode 3 - Season 4 of They Write The Songs is broadcast at 21:00 Sunday 6th October - BBC Radio 2
Barry marvels at the sheer output of Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees. Literally hundreds of songs! Barry tells the story of the Bee Gees' rise to fame, from their early harmonising as youngsters to their first recording hit ‘Spicks and Specks’. He traces their career through their more sophisticated writing on songs like ‘Massachusetts’, ‘I Started a Joke’ and ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ to their domination of disco with their most celebrated album ‘Saturday Night Fever’. Barry also discusses how the group survived a mauling by the rock critics and went on to write a succession of smash hits for other artists including Barbra Streisand's ‘Guilty’ and ‘A Woman in Love’, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's ‘Islands in the Stream’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ for Dionne Warwick.