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Also Known As: Maurice Ernest Gibb Died: January 12, 2003
Born: December 22, 1949 Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
Birth Place: Douglas, Isle of Man, , GB Profession: musician

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Though frequently described as the "quiet" member of the Bee Gees, Maurice Gibb was, in fact, a key member of the group in ways that the public rarely saw. He was a vital part of their signature vocal harmonies, and contributed bass and other instruments to their countless hit songs - from 1960s pop like "To Love Somebody" through their breakout as disco stars with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. But the perpetually hat-wearing Gibb's greatest contribution to the Bee Gees was his humor and calm presence, which helped to unify his often sparring brothers, Barry and Robin, when external or internal pressures threatened the group. Gibb was able to maintain that role for over four decades, even in the midst of personal troubles, including a serious alcohol problem that nearly derailed his life. His sudden death in 2003 shocked fans around the world, who recalled his subtle but vitally important impact on one of the most successful musical acts in history.

Though frequently described as the "quiet" member of the Bee Gees, Maurice Gibb was, in fact, a key member of the group in ways that the public rarely saw. He was a vital part of their signature vocal harmonies, and contributed bass and other instruments to their countless hit songs - from 1960s pop like "To Love Somebody" through their breakout as disco stars with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. But the perpetually hat-wearing Gibb's greatest contribution to the Bee Gees was his humor and calm presence, which helped to unify his often sparring brothers, Barry and Robin, when external or internal pressures threatened the group. Gibb was able to maintain that role for over four decades, even in the midst of personal troubles, including a serious alcohol problem that nearly derailed his life. His sudden death in 2003 shocked fans around the world, who recalled his subtle but vitally important impact on one of the most successful musical acts in history.

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1953:
Moved to Manchester, England with family
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Made public singing debut with brothers Barry and Robin 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:
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:
The Bee Gees 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 Odessa; continued as a duo with Barry
1970:
Released solo album <i>The Loner</i>
1970:
The Bee Gees reunite; released the album <i>2 Years On </i>
1971:
Group landed 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:
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
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"
1985:
With brothers, wrote and produced Diana Ross' album <i>Eaten Alive</i>; featured the title track, co-written with Michael Jackson
1986:
Penned the score for obscure horror feature "The Supernaturals"; score was unused, but Gibb made a cameo in the film as a Union soldier
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
2010:
Posthumously featured in the documentary "Bee Gees: In Our Own Time"
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wife:
Yvonne Gibb. Born c. 1950.

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brother:
Robin Gibb. Musician. Maurice's twin.
brother:
Barry Gibb. Musician. Maurice's elder.
brother:
Andy Gibb. Musician. Died 1988.

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