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Also Known As: Barry Alan Crompton Gibb Died:
Born: September 1, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Douglas, Isle of Man, , GB Profession: musician, actor

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Though often derided by media pundits for his falsetto voice and matinee idol looks, pop music fans knew that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees was one of the most successful singer-songwriters in the history of the medium. From 1959 to 2001, Gibb and his brothers Robin and Maurice produced a string of hit songs and albums that sold an estimated 220 million units, a figure rivaled only by the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. As the Bee Gees' chief songwriter and producer, as well as co-lead singer with Robin, Gibb guided the group through four decades of career highs and lows, from their melancholy hits of the 1960s like "To Love Somebody" and "Lonely Days" to the runaway success of the "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) soundtrack and a triumphant comeback in the 1990s, which culminated in their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During this period, Gibb was also an in-demand writer and producer who spun gold for other artists, including Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers and Diana Ross. With nine No. 1 singles with the Bee Gees and countless Top 10 and Top 40 hits to his credit, Barry Gibb's status as one of the most outstanding figures in world pop history remained untouched, even after...

Though often derided by media pundits for his falsetto voice and matinee idol looks, pop music fans knew that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees was one of the most successful singer-songwriters in the history of the medium. From 1959 to 2001, Gibb and his brothers Robin and Maurice produced a string of hit songs and albums that sold an estimated 220 million units, a figure rivaled only by the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. As the Bee Gees' chief songwriter and producer, as well as co-lead singer with Robin, Gibb guided the group through four decades of career highs and lows, from their melancholy hits of the 1960s like "To Love Somebody" and "Lonely Days" to the runaway success of the "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) soundtrack and a triumphant comeback in the 1990s, which culminated in their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During this period, Gibb was also an in-demand writer and producer who spun gold for other artists, including Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers and Diana Ross. With nine No. 1 singles with the Bee Gees and countless Top 10 and Top 40 hits to his credit, Barry Gibb's status as one of the most outstanding figures in world pop history remained untouched, even after five decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Mark Henderson
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 Bee Gees Story, The (2002) Interviewee
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1953:
Moved to Manchester, England with family
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Made public singing debut with brothers Robin and Maurice at a local theater
1958:
With family, moved to Queensland, Australia following the birth of his youngest brother Andy
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Formed musical group with brothers Robin and Maurice; called themselves the Rattlesnakes, then Wee Johnny Hayes & the Bluecats, and finally the Bee Gees
1963:
First televised appearance of the Bee Gees, "Country and Western Hour" (on Australia's NWS 9)
1965:
Received R5KA award for Composer of the Year
1965:
Released the group's debut album <i>The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs</i>
1966:
The Bee Gees landed first Australian No. 1 with the song "Spicks and Specks"
1967:
Charted in the U.S. and U.K. with the Top 20 singles "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and "To Love Somebody"
1968:
Reached No. 6 on the U.S. charts with "I Started a Joke," written and mainly sung by Robin
1969:
Robin quits the Bee Gees after the group releases Barry's "First of May" (over Robin's "Lamplight") as the first single off the album <i>Odessa</i>
1970:
After a brief split to pursue solo projects, the Bee Gees reunite; released the album <i>2 Years On</i>
1971:
Group anded at No. 1 on the U.S. charts with the ballad "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"; Al Green covered the track in 1972
1975:
At Eric Clapton's suggestion, relocated with brothers to Miami, FL to record
1975:
Band unveiled a new sound and topped the U.S. charts once again with "Jive Talkin'"
1977:
Released the successful live album <i>Here at Last...Bee Gees...Live</i>
1977:
The Bee Gees penned and performed several songs for <i>Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track</i>; album spent 24 straight weeks at No. 1; spawned the hit singles "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Night Fever"; also yielded the Bee Gees-penned hit for Yvonne Elliman, "If I Can't Have You"; won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1979
1978:
Wrote the title song to the movie version of the Broadway musical "Grease" for Frankie Valli; track went to No. 1
1978:
With the Bee Gees, co-starred with Peter Frampton in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," a musical film based on The Beatles' 1967 album of the same name
1980:
Produced and co-wrote the majority of Barbra Streisand┬┐s chart-topping album <i>Guilty</i>
1983:
With brothers, penned the No. 1 duet "Islands in the Stream" for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
1983:
Co-produced the successful soundtrack to the "Saturday Night Fever" sequel "Staying Alive"
1984:
Released the solo album <i>Now Voyager</i>
1985:
With brothers, wrote and produced Diana Ross' album <i>Eaten Alive</i>; featured the title track, co-written with Michael Jackson
1989:
With the Bee Gees, returned to the Top 10 with the title track and album <i>One</i>; album featured a song dedicated to their late brother Andy titled "Wish You Were Here"
1990:
Released the Bee Gees' box set <i>Tales from the Brothers Gibb</i>
1994:
The Bee Gees inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
1997:
The Bee Gees inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1997:
Landed first Bee Gees album in the Top 20 since the 1970s with <i>Still Waters</i>
1998:
Released the live album <i>One Night Only</i>; recorded during a 1997 concert in Las Vegas, NV
2001:
Recorded the Bee Gees' 22nd studio album <i>This is Where I Came In</i>; the group's last album as a trio
2002:
The Bee Gees performed last concert as a trio at the Love and Hope Ball
2007:
Appeared on Fox's "American Idol" as a mentor and performer; returned in 2010 as a performer
2010:
Featured in the documentary "Bee Gees: In Our Own Time"
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Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Linda Gibb. Born c. 1950; four children by Barry.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Andy Gibb. Musician. Barry's junior; died 1988 at age 30 of heart ailment.
brother:
Maurice Gibb. Musician. Fraternal twin; born c. 1950.
brother:
Robin Gibb. Musician. Fraternal twin.
son:
Stephen Gibb. Born c. 1974.
daughter:
Ashley Gibb. Born c. 1977.
son:
Travis Gibb. Born c. 1981.
son:
Michael Gibb. Born c. 1985.
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