The music industry has always been filled with people related to one another. Whether it’s a band of brothers, a group of cousins, a mother-daughter duo, or a husband-and-wife duet, they all love jamming and performing with each other in front of their legions of fans.
While many of them have gone on to become musical legends, a good number of them let the fire burn out early. Translation: The band has broken up and fans are devastated. Some of them have already gotten back together for a comeback or just to give the fans a little gift after all these years.
Many sibling groups have broken up only for the siblings to go on and debut as solo artists. No matter, the music they have made has already been put into the world and there it will remain. Let’s take a look at some siblings who rocked hard together but not for too long a time.
Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb made up the iconic music group Bee Gees, short for the Brothers Gibb. They are English-born Australian emigrant musicians who made history in the Billboard Hot 100. They were born in the Isle of Man and lived in England throughout the 1950s but moved to Australia for a few years. Their family moved back to the Old Blighty after their musical career started to hit it off.
They were once nicknamed “Britain’s first family of harmony” because of their ever-changing musical styles and genres. From pop to disco to rhythm and blues, they pretty much have recorded it all. But they still maintained their signature high and elaborate harmonies throughout their recordings. Unfortunately, no sooner had they become musical icons, they had a falling out that lasted for years before they would reunite again.
The Bee Gees split up in 1969, reunited a couple of years later, and found themselves stuck in a rut by 1972. They were so unsure of who their target audience was that they released an album called To Whom It May Concern.
As a last attempt to revive their waning fame and careers, the brother moved to the United States. A stellar move as they dominated charts with hits like Jive Talkin’, You Should Be Dancing, and Saturday Night Fever.
Their careers took off but misfortune hit the family twice more. Andy Gibb, their younger brother, died of a narcotic overdose in 1988. Maurice died in 2003 due to complications of a twisted intestine.
Robin followed almost a decade later when he passed away in 2012 after battling cancer for several years. Their only surviving brother, Barry Gibb, says that the best time of their lives was before they became famous and performed only for their love of music.
In 54 years, the American rock band Heart has had many members come and go. They were first formed in 1967 as The Army then renamed to Hocus Pocus then White Heart, and then, finally, Heart in 1973.
Lead vocalist Ann Wilson was among the first to form the band and her younger sister Nancy soon joined as a guitarist. Their hit singles Magic Man and Barracuda were radio monsters during the mid-’70s. They only became bigger a decade later.
In their five decades, they have amassed quite the fanbase. Not to mention the number of awards and chart-topping music they have made. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
It wasn’t always smooth-sailing for the group, though. While they never fully broke up, sisters Ann and Nancy got into it pretty hard in 2016 just after their tour.
Ann’s husband attacked Nancy’s twin sons, both 16 years of age. Ann’s husband was charged with two non-felony assault charges.
The court cases and family drama got ugly but the two sisters eventually reconciled. The band made a comeback with both of them in the lineup in 2019. They performed together on stage again in March 2019. Unfortunately, a year later, the pandemic happened and so tours were canceled and a comeback that could’ve been much grander was postponed.
Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas make up the iconic mid-2000s boy band Jonas Brothers. Their careers started when Nick started singing at a local barbershop and was encouraged to keep singing. His two older brothers helped him write songs and when Steve Greenberg of Columbia Records heard Please Be Mine, they were asked to sign with the record label.
When they went on tour with fellow sibling duo Aly & AJ, they started recording soundtracks for Disney’s animated shows. Not long after that, they were getting offers for their own Disney movies and shows. By 2007, they had already signed with Hollywood Records and were on their way to dominating just about every household in and out of America that had a teenage girl living inside it.
Fast forward to 2011, the brothers decided to go on hiatus. This put fans on edge but they maintained their public image and reassured the media that they would not be going separate ways despite Nick and Joe releasing solo albums and singles, and Kevin focused on studying music production.
The public’s sixth sense was spot on when in 2012, the brothers reunited but only a year later, officially announced their split. They had to cancel 23 tour dates, much to the heartbreak of tween hearts all over the world. But then, a miracle of all miracles, the brothers reunited once again in 2019.