Barry Gibb felt like he was "in the eye of a hurricane" at the height of the Bee Gees' fame.

Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb

The iconic group - which featured Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb - rose to worldwide prominence in the late 60s and Barry admits they weren't prepared for the pressures of fame and success.

He explained: "There’s fame and there’s ultra-fame and it can destroy.

"You lose your perspective, you’re in the eye of a hurricane and you don’t know you’re there. And you don’t know what tomorrow is, you don’t know if what you’re recording will be a hit or not. And we were kids, don’t forget."

The Bee Gees topped the charts around the world with their 1967 single 'Massachusetts'.

Robin - who died from liver and kidney failure brought on by colorectal cancer in May 2012 - sang the lead vocals and the success of the record changed the group dynamic.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, Barry shared: "Before we ever became famous were the best times of our lives.

"There was no competition, it didn’t matter who sang what. When we had our first number one, 'Massachusetts', Robin sang the lead, and I don’t think he ever got past that; he never felt that anyone else should sing lead after that. And that was not the nature of the group.

"We all brought songs in; whoever brings the idea in sings the song."

The band worked with Michael Jackson at one stage in their careers, but the results of their recording sessions were never released.

Barry recalled: "Well, we sat around in my lounge for days at a time, just having fun, not really writing songs. We came up with one, 'All in My Name', but we were never that serious about it.

"I think Michael was just trying to escape the legal environment he was trapped in, he was visiting people he knew that he could relate to, because he didn’t know who his friends were."