Barry Gibb

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Sir Barry Gibb
Gibb in 2017
Gibb in 2017
Background information
Birth nameBarry Alan Crompton Gibb[1][2]
Also known asJohnny Hayes
Born (1946-09-01) 1 September 1946 (age 77)
Isle of Man
GenresRock,[3] pop,[4] disco,[5] country[6]
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active1955–present
LabelsPolydor, Atco, MCA

Sir Barry Alan Crompton Gibb CBE (born 1 September 1946) is a British-American singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as the founder of the British-Australian 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] In June, 2018, Barry was officially knighted by Prince Charles, which allows Barry to use the title Sir. Barry has dual British/US citizenship.

Early life[change | change source]

Barry Gibb was born on 1 September 1946 on the Isle of Man, a British Crown Dependency in the Irish Sea. He formed his first band, The Rattlesnakes, in 1955. His younger twin siblings, Robin and Maurice were also members of this skiffle group. After moving to Australia, the Gibb brothers renamed their band, the Bee Gees.

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, after returning to England, 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. Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  6. Thompson, Gayle (September 26, 2012). "Ricky Skaggs Draws Barry Gibb Into Country Music". The Boot. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  7. "CBE". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-12-18.