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Overview (4)

Born in Manchester, England, UK
Died in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK  (heart infection)
Birth NameAndrew Roy Gibb
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A blessing or a curse? Every silver lining has a cloud, yet sadly Andrew Roy Gibb had to find that out the hard way. Born the fifth and final child to parents Barbara (17 November 1920-12 August 2016) and Hugh Gibb (15 January 1916-6 March 1992) Andy grew up with his three older siblings dominating the music charts, collectively known as The Bee Gees. Performing at clubs from the age of 13, it was suspected that Andy was to join The Bee Gees, yet Andy always wanted to be his own personality.

Victimised at the many schools he went to by other students who were convinced he had a superiority complex due to his famous brothers, Andy escaped into his music. But it all came too fast and too soon. Andy was performing and making music by the time he was 20 years old, and it was virtually impossible to break away from his brothers shadows when older brother Barry wrote 90% of his songs, and the Bee Gees sang back up vocals on half of his songs. Andy got it all too fast, and his life was intermingled with years of depression that he tried to stay away with booze, drugs and women. While they all may have provided temporary relief, Andy was plagued by depression and the fact that no matter what he did, he could never escape his heritage. Toward the end of his life, Andy vowed to change and reform. He planned to clean up his act and reform. he was dabbling in stage musicals and TV, and he had a new album planned for release. On his 30th birthday he promised the people most dear to him: He was a changed man. Sadly Andy's heart and Andy's body were two very different things, and five days after his 30th birthday his body finally succumbed to the seemingly endless years of alcohol abuse. Andy may have been dead for almost two decades, but his music lives on. Andy Gibb was a legendary music figure, and when listening to some of his hit songs, such as '(Our Love) Don't throw it all away', 'man on fire' and 'I just want to be your everything' you don't hear death, you hear life.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James Briggs

Spouse (1)

Kim Reeder (11 July 1976 - 15 January 1978) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (23)

Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Remembrance.
Daughter, Peta (b. 1/25/1978).
Singer, brother to The Bee Gees.
Younger brother of Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb and Barry Gibb.
He had three US number one hits by the time he was 21-years-old back-to-back. They were, "I Just Want To Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water," and "Shadow Dancing," which was number one for seven weeks in the summer of 1978.
Shortly before he turned 30, he and elder brother Barry Gibb fell into a "rather nasty" argument, which Barry deeply regrets to this day, since it was the last time he would see Andy alive.
He was a licensed pilot.
The epitaph on his tombstone reads: "An Everlasting Love."
He was closest to oldest brother Barry than any other family member. Barry mentored him during his career , sang backup on many of songs, and even helped him write some of his songs. Barry claimed that the close bond of loyalty Andy had for him was returned, leading Barry himself to later comment "Andy and I were twins just as much as Robin and Maurcie were, in every sense of the word. We looked alike, we had similar moles, similar birthmarks, everything.".
He was ranked #82 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Working on a new album in London in March of 1988, Andy was staying near Oxford, when on the morning of Thursday March 10th, he entered John Radcliffe Hospital, complaining of chest pains. He died the same day, just five days past his 30th birthday. His death from myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) was aggravated by his long abuse of cocaine, which fatally weakened his heart.
Forced to declare bankruptcy in 1987.
His extreme unreliability got him fired from not only the musical theater productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "The Pirates of Penzance", but also his popular co-hosting stint on Solid Gold (1980) in 1981.
Suffered from the "too much, too soon" pressures and excesses of such rapid teen idol success, he fell into a severe depressive state and tried to compensate by drinking, taking drugs and womanizing.
In the United States, Andy became the first male solo artist to chart three consecutive Number One singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Separated from his wife by the time daughter Peta was born, and divorced later that year, he reportedly only met his daughter once in 1981. Peta grew up as Peta J. Reeder-Gibb and breeds Staffordshire Bull Terriers and judges dog shows in New South Wales, Australia.
Began recording a series of his own compositions, one of which was released as a single. "Words and Music" would eventually reach the Top Five on the Sydney music charts in 1976.
The idea of his joining The Bee Gees was often suggested, but the age gap between him and his elder brothers (more than 11 years younger than Barry, slightly more than eight years younger than twins Robin and Maurice) made this impossible.
Born in Manchester, England, to Hugh and Barbara Gibb, but was raised in Australia, moving there when he was six months old. The family settled in Redcliffe, Queensland, near Brisbane.
Began playing at tourist clubs around Spain's coastal Island of Ibiza, and later back in his homeland of the Isle of Man, as a young teen.
There is a song sung by his brothers, on the One Night Only album and DVD, dedicated to him. They sung it with some video footage of him on a screen at the back of the stage. Barry introduced it as a 'Song for Andy'.
His daughter, Peta Gibb, was married on January 2008 to Matt Weber.
His father Hugh died on Andy's birthday in 1992 and 5 days before the fourth anniversary of Andy's death.

Personal Quotes (4)

I definitely have a sexual ego thing. But if I'm suggestive, it's in a nice way. Luckily, no one's ever been hurt...a few girls have passed out, that's all.
Girls are always running through my mind. They don't dare walk.
The most embarrassing thing for me was the day Bob Hope called me up and I was spaced out on cocaine. I was supposed to do his TV special, and I didn't turn up. Consequently, I was blacklisted by NBC for a long time. I damaged my career, and almost ruined my whole life.
I grew up in a show business family, so we've always had a great sense of balance, being so close to my parents. I've always known what is and isn't reality. Even my older brothers' early success 10 years ago didn't change me since there was such an age difference.

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