Respected, ridiculed, revered, and then resurrected.
That's one way to describe the career of Barry Gibb, who, of course, came into prominence as one of the founding members of the Bee Gees and will be performing at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night.
But while many folks remember Gibb and the Bee Gees as the bell-bottom wearing, "Jive Talkin' "-singing, disco-era hitmakers, they were one of the most respected groups in rock music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Witness their hits "New York Mining Disaster 1941," "To Love Somebody," "Lonely Days," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" and "My World," all of which came out between 1967 and 1972.
And then came disco, and their 12 top-20 hits between 1975 and 1979, including chart-toppers "Jive Talkin'," "You Should be Dancing," "How Deep Is Your Love?," "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "Too Much Heaven," "Tragedy" and "Love You Inside Out."
When disco died, the Bee Gees faded into obscurity save for a lone top 10 hit in 1989 with "One."
Sadly, Maurice Gibb died in 2003 and Robin Gibb died in 2012, leaving Barry as the sole surviving Gibb brother (their youngest brother Andy died in the early 1980s) and the Bee Gees became defunct.
What kept the Bee Gees legacy alive? Perhaps it was the constant lampooning from late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, whose impersonation of Barry Gibb on "The Barry Gibb Talk Show" on Saturday Night Live kept Barry Gibb's name in the forefront of water-cooler conversations.
Barry Gibb began the solo tour he'll bring to Boston late last year and from a check of past setlists, you can expect him to play pretty much every Bee Gees hit.
The Barry Gibb: Mythology Tour comes to the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49, $74 and $124 and can be purchased through TicketMaster.