HBO has confirmed that the new documentary about the Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart will premiere on December 12th. Fans can enjoy the film at 8 p.m. ET on HBO and can also stream it on HBO Max.
Dive Into the Past of the Bee Gees
The Bee Gees brothers – Bary, Robin, and Maurice Gibb busted onto the music scene in the 1960s, rising to the top of the charts in the ensuing decades with 20 #1 hits and more than 1000 songs penned. Today, they remain one of the most influential music groups in modern music history.
The documentary’s teaser combines archival footage from past performances of the super band. Viewers can also spot some home videos and interviews with commentary from Justin Timberlake, Noah Gallagher, and Nick Jonas. While the teaser feels like a standard documentary promo at first, it becomes clear that the film is examining the dynamic of the Bee Gees as brothers and how the shared fame affected them. This is what makes the Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart a fascinating watch for fans looking to plumb in the depths of the Gibb brothers’ legacy.
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Is the Band’s First US #1 Hit?
Most people relate the Bee Gees with Staying Alive and How Deep Is Your Love, but the band has 20 #1 hits worldwide. The HBO documentary is named after their first single from their 1971 album Trafalgar. This is also the Gibb brothers’ first #1 single in the US, which also reached #1 in Cashbox magazine for two weeks.
The song was written by Barry and Robin Gibb when the three brothers had reconvened following a period of break-up and alienation. It appears that Robin visited Barry, they wrote the song the same afternoon and called Maurice to finish the song and record it in the studio. It was clear, for both the Bee Gees brothers and the public, that they were once again reunited.