Stay­ing alive: Bat­tle to save the venue where Bee Gees first sang

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Liz Hull

THEY strug­gled to stay in tune and had snapped their back­ing record.

But the short gig dur­ing a cin­ema in­ter­val was enough to give three broth­ers a taste for star­dom – and set them on track to be­com­ing the Bee Gees.

Now the old pic­ture house where Barry, Robin and Mau­rice Gibb made their per­form­ing de­but in 1957 is threat­ened with de­mo­li­tion, and fans are rac­ing to save it. Their ‘Stayin’ Alive’ cam­paign hopes to raise £500,000 to buy the build­ing – now a fu­neral home – and turn it into a com­mu­nity hub. The broth­ers’ cousin Hazel Gibb, 58, said the venue in Chorl­ton, Manch­ester, was of great ‘mu­si­cal im­por­tance’.

Speak­ing about their first per­for­mance, when they were still in pri­mary school and known as The Rat­tlesnakes, she said: ‘They man­aged to break the record, so de­cided to sing live. The story goes they weren’t very good.’ The Bee Gees sold 220mil­lion records.

More de­tails about the cam­paign can be found at www.stay­i­nalive.org.uk.

Ready for star­dom: Barry, Robin and Mau­rice Gibb sing to­gether in 1959

At risk: The old cin­ema, now a fu­neral home

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