Barry Gibb

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Sir Barry Gibb
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Gibb in 1973
Background information
Birth name Barry Alan Crompton Gibb[1][2]
Also known as Johnny Hayes
Born (1946-09-01) 1 September 1946 (age 72)
Douglas, Isle of Man
Origin Manchester, Lancashire, England
Genres Rock,[3] pop,[4] disco,[5] country[6]
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1955–present
Labels Polydor, Atco, MCA
Associated acts The Rattlesnakes, Bee Gees

Sir Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, CBE (born 1 September 1946) is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as the founder of the pop group Bee Gees. With his brothers, Robin and Maurice Gibb, Gibb formed a songwriting partnership beginning in 1966. In 2004 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[7]

Early life[change | change source]

Gibb was born to Hugh and Barbara Gibb. In 1955 Gibb's family moved to Manchester. Gibb did not like school. He stopped going and he started a band called the Rattlesnakes.

Career[change | change source]

Gibb released his first album with the Bee Gees, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs, in 1965. It did not chart. In 1967 the Bee Gees released their first charting album Bee Gees' 1st. In 1979 the Bee Gees released their only number one album Spirits Having Flown. Gibb released Now Voyager in 1984. "Shine, Shine" was released as the album's second single. It reached number 37 in the Billboard 200. Gibb made the soundtrack for the movie Hawks. In 2011 "All In Your Name", a song Gibb sung with Michael Jackson, was released as a single.

References[change | change source]

  1. Summers, Kim. "Barry Gibb Biography". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  2. "Barry Gibb Biography". Bio. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra and S. T. Erlewine, All Music Guide to Rock: the Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul (Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books, 3rd edn., 2002), ISBN 0-87930-653-X, pp. 85-6.
  4. "Bee Gees on AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  5. Summers, Kim. "Robin Gibb". Allrovi. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  6. Thompson, Gayle (September 26, 2012). "Ricky Skaggs Draws Barry Gibb Into Country Music". The Boot. Retrieved 31 March 2015.