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Oldies 21/10/2004

'Number Ones': The premiere Bee Gees Hits Collection due November 9

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LOS ANGELES (UMe Records) - The BEE GEES, the most successful trio of all-time and the most successful brother act of all-time, are pop music's first family. The voices of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have been indelibly imprinted on the soundtrack of popular culture for five decades and counting. Blazing musical trails, they have created an enduring legacy. Their iconic place in pop music history is forever assured and their influence, as recording artists as well as songwriters and producers, continues unabated.

November 9 will mark the release of NUMBER ONES (Polydor/UMe), the ultimate collection of hits from the BEE GEES.

Packed with one smash after another from their acclaimed body of work, NUMBER ONES marks the first time that all 10 U.S. #1 hit singles -- and eight other #1s from around the world -- are presented in a single-CD package. The 19-track collection spans 20 years (1967-1987) and includes a bonus track ("Man In The Middle") specifically included at the request of Barry and Robin as a tribute to their late brother Maurice.

NUMBER ONES begins with the Rock & Hall of Fame inductees' first U.K. No 1, 1967's "(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts." It goes on to trace the BEE GEES' musical legacy around the world: the early "World" and "Words" (both No 1 in Germany) and 1971's "Lonely Days" (the group's first U.S. No 1 on Cashbox and No 3 on Billboard, marking their first U.S. gold record); the history-making Album of the Year Grammy Award-winning SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack ("How Deep Is Your Love" - Top 10 for 17 straight weeks, setting a Billboard record - "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever"); SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN's "Too Much Heaven," "Tragedy" and "Love You Inside Out"; and the most recent Bee Gees No 1, 1987's "You Win Again" (No 1 U.K.).

In addition, a limited edition of the CD will include a bonus DVD which features performances never before aired in the U.S. from the U.K. television program "An Audience With." The songs performed are: "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Jive Talkin'," "Massachusetts," and "I Started A Joke."

The BEE GEES have amassed global sales of more than 110 million albums and a lifetime of honors:
- Rock & Hall of Fame (1997 induction)
- 16 Grammy nominations and seven Grammy Awards
- Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Brit Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music
- World Music Awards
- American Music Awards
- Australian Recording Industry (in whose Rock and Roll Hall of Fame they are also enshrined)
- 60 charted hit singles around the world
- The distinction of being the only artist to reach #1 on the U.K. singles chart in four different decades
- 1977's Saturday Night Fever soundtrack became music's top-selling album and it remains the biggest-selling soundtrack ever

The complete U.S. track listing is as follows:
"I've Gotta Get A Message To You"
"I Started A Joke"
"Don't Forget To Remember"
"Lonely Days"
"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart"
"Jive Talkin'"
"You Should Be Dancing"
"Love So Right"
"How Deep Is Your Love"
"Stayin' Alive"
"Night Fever"
"Too Much Heaven"
"Love You Inside Out"
"You Win Again"

Bonus track:
"Man In The Middle"

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