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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 September 1946Douglas, Isle of Man, UK
Birth NameBarry Alan Crompton Gibb
Nickname Johnny Hayes
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

If you were to try and summarize Barry Gibb's forty-five year career in the music industry in a single phrase you would probably come up with something such as "versatile". Barry Gibb continues to remain an important, relevant figure in the music industry due to his willingness to adapt his music, his style and his image into whatever musical styling is at the fore. What makes the story of Barry Gibb so unique is that he has had a successful musical career of over forty years, continually restyling both the image and the music of the Bee Gees in order to remain relevant to the contemporary era. Barry has gone from being the front man of the soft rock/pop styling of the Bee Gees in the 1960s, to bringing the disco scene to the fore in the 70s, becoming a crooner in the 80s and reinventing his career yet again in the 1990s, as the Bee Gees enjoyed yet another reinvigoration, as their new albums and hit "One Night Only" tour proved that the music of the Bee Gees was timeless. Lasting over forty years, the Bee Gees are one of the longest running musical acts of all-time, and Barry's longevity can be attributed in part to the timelessness of his songs about unrequited love, soul-mates, people finding courage in times of dismay and above all, celebrating the short time we have on this earth.

Barry's story begins on the 1st of September 1946, where he was born the second of five children to parents Barbara and Hugh Gibb. In the early 1960s Barry, and his twin brothers, Maurice and Robin, formed pop group The Bee Gees, named in tribute to two people who helped launch their career, racetrack promoter Bill Goode and a DJ named Bill Gates. It was later changed to an acronym for the Brothers Gibb.

Barry and his family emigrated to Australia shortly after the birth of youngest sibling Andy, and the Gibbs performed anywhere and everywhere they could, in order to raise some pocket money. After securing a spot performing on local television shows, they were eventually signed for a record label in 1963. From the outset Barry was the primary creative force behind the music of the Bee Gees, penning the majority of their hit songs in the 1960s as well as countless other songs for other artists. In the 1970s the was a drastic change to the dynamics of the music industry, which saw singers from previous eras struggle to remain relevant. Barry helped pave the way for the Bee Gees most memorable decade, as he came up with the idea of performing in their now trademark falsetto's, as well as helping to launch the career of his youngest sibling, Andy Gibb. Barry became a mentor to the young Andy, guiding him in his initial foray into the music industry, by penning the majority of his hit singles.

The 1980s saw Barry struggle to remain relevant to the music industry, as the onset of the electro-funk styling of bands such as INXS saw the Bee Gees labeled as "uncool". Barry refused to be swayed by the Bee Gees dwindling record sales, and continued to record as both part of the Bee Gees, while also making his mark as a songwriter for other artists, penning memorable hit songs for artists as diverse as Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross and Olivia Newton-John. In 1988 Barry was heartbroken when brother Andy Gibb succumbed to years of substance abuse, and died at the age of 30. Just months before in was decided that Andy would be joining the Bee Gees as the fourth member, and Andy's death took a toll on Barry for the remainder of that decade, and his musical creativity diminished.

While Barry continues to record in the early 90s, it wasn't until 1997 that the Bee Gees returned to the fore, with the critically hailed "Still Waters" album. In late 1997 Barry, Robin and Maurice performed the legendary "One Night Only" concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, and the DVD recording of the concert has gone on to become the highest selling music DVD in Australian history, remaining on the ARIA DVD chart for over ten years.

In 2003 Maurice Gibb died of a cardiac arrest because of a congenital birth defect, bringing to a close the forty year career of The Bee Gees. However, Barry continues to remain in the public eye, as he has become more politically active, as he has generated controversy for his staunch criticism of the Schappelle Corby trial and lack of copyright protection for sound recordings in the UK. Few singers can boast having a number one record in five consecutive decades as Barry can, and with artists such as Faith No More, Wyclef Jean and Ronan Keating covering Barry's songs, Barry's timeless lyrics continue to reach out to a new generation of listeners.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James Briggs

Spouse (2)

Linda Ann Gray (1 September 1970 - present) (5 children)
Maureen Bates (22 August 1966 - 1970) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Long beard

Trivia (19)

Older brother of Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb and Andy Gibb.
Four sons: Stephen Gibb (b. 1 December 1973), Ashley Gibb (b. 8 September 1977), Travis Gibb (b. 10 January 1981) and Michael Gibb (b. 1 December 1984). His only daughter, Alexandra Gibb (b. 29 December 1991).
He is left-handed, although he plays guitar right-handed.
Guitarist and singer of The Bee Gees.
Awarded a CBE, or Commander of the Order of British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve Honors List 2001.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (as a member of The Bee Gees).
Second of five children.
Older sister Lesley born January 12, 1945.
Has a niece, Beri Gibb, born 29 September 1964.
The Bee Gees won the 1997 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.
The Bee Gees won the 2005 Q Lifetime Achievement Award.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 with brothers Robin and Maurice.
Michael Jackson is godfather of his son Michael.
He and The Bee Gees were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6845 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Their breakthrough hit "Spicks and Specks" (as in bits 'n' pieces) was No. 1 in Australia in 1967. It is an upbeat number that deals with past teen relationships. The song was used to close the show in their concerts in the late '60s, In later years it was removed from the group's play list because of the song title's similarity to a slang word for Hispanic.
Original band members of The Bee Gees included drummer Colin Petersen, a former Australian - child star (Smiley (1956)), and guitarist Vince Melouney.
The Sunday Times estimated his and brother Robin's combined net worth at $180 million. [2009]
The "Gibb Brothers" lived on Cribb Island - a former suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, which is now part of the site of Brisbane Airport, Australia's third largest airport.
When he made a cameo in an episode of Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) set in Miami, David Jason described him as wonderfully self-effacing. He invited Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst into his house, gave them tea and showed them around; the place was like a palace. Gibb was a big fan of the show and used to get tapes of it sent to America.

Personal Quotes (5)

[on The Bee Gees career before being asked to record the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever (1977)] You've got to remember, we were fairly dead in the water at that point . . . we needed something new. We hadn't had a hit record in three years.
[observation, 2014, with reference to his brother who died young] What I see with Justin Bieber is sort of what I see with Andy, you know? You're heading for a brick wall. And that's a shame because this is a great talent. This kid's got great gifts. I just think it's time to grow up - be what all these young girls love you for, be a good example.
I still feel the urge to prove that I write songs. It doesn't go away. I think there is something about a song which will literally make you cry. Bluegrass music does that to me. I can't watch 'Carousel' without crying. I can't watch 'South Pacific' without crying.
Once I'd lost all my brothers, I just sat around for a long time. You never get past that, that's what you learn. My wife just said, 'Do something. Get out of the house. Get on the stage again'. She drove me to it. I can be onstage and still imagine that they're standing there, especially when we used to be around one microphone. I still feel that intensely, but I also feel it in real life.
[Speaking about Michael Jackson] We were very close. The only other artist I ever knew that actually understood me.

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