THE BEE GEES is one of 20th century’s greatest vocal group. Now the last surviving member Barry Gibb goes it alone.
After 40 years of recording and over 220million in album sales, the original trio of brothers —Barry, Robin (1949-2012), and Maurice Gibb (1949-2003)—has sadly been reduced to one, yet the Bee Gees’ music will live forever on dance floors with unforgettable hits such as “Jive Talkin,'” “How Deep Is Your Love,” and “Stayin’ Alive.”
In recognition of their success as a globally acclaimed band, The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) recently awarded the last surviving member of the group, Barry Gibb, with The BrandLaureate Legendary Award; and on behalf of his band The Bee Gees with The BrandLaureate Premier Award.
Formed in 1958, the trio had their first hit in 1967, and became even more famous with their stirring ballads and catchy dance songs, especially the disco era in the mid-to-late 1970s, with hits like Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, and More Than a Woman from the Saturday Night Fever (1977) soundtrack.
Their earlier hits include: To Love Somebody (1967), I Started a Joke (1968), How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (1971), You Should Be Dancing (1976), Too Much Heaven (1979) and Tragedy (1979) amongst many others.
They wrote all their own hits as well as write and produce for other artists. The group sang recognizable three-part tight harmonies — Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s.
“I love making records; I love making music; I love writing songs.” — BARRY GIBB
As of July 2013, The Bee Gees, were amongst the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; The Bee Gees’ Hall of Fame citation says, “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.”
Born on September 1, 1946 on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, CBE is a singer, songwriter and record producer, who sold millions of records as a member of the Bee Gees.
The oldest son of a bandleader, Barry grew up surrounded by music. He formed Bee Gees with his harmonizing twin brothers Maurice and Robin, who started performing together as children and became one of the top pop music acts of the 1970s.
They lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England, until the late 1950s. Their professional career took off after the family moved to Australia in late 1958 with the birth of their youngest brother, Andy. There three oldest boys hosted a television show and recorded their first single. They took the name Bee Gees, which was a play on Brothers Gibb, according to some sources.
Barry often shared the lead on many of their songs with Robin as well as played guitar, which can be heard in their early hits, including the 1969 folksy ballad “Massachusetts.” He also worked with other artists, including Kenny Rogers and Barbra Streisand.Arriving in England in the late 1960s, the Bee Gees had their first international smash with the pop-psychedelic single “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” Gibb and his brothers then developed a rock-pop sound, which featured three-part harmonies.
As a member of the pop-disco phenomenon, Barry emerged as one of the era’s sex symbols. His gold chain, mane of long hair and open-necked shirts became part of his trademark look.
It was great being together as a band, but much more difficult being brothers than it was being in a band. — BARRY GIBB
After their initial fame faded, the Bee Gees reinvented themselves in the mid-1970s with great results. The trio turned out more dance-oriented music, often featuring Barry singing in a falsetto voice. “Jive Talkin,” which reflected their new sound, became a No.1 hit in 1975. The following year, the group topped the charts again with “You Should Be Dancing.”
As the kings of the growing Disco movement, the Bee Gees scored more hits and even a few Grammy Awards for their tracks on the soundtrack for the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. The success of the two upbeat songs, “Staying Alive” and “Night Fever,” and the ballad “How Deep Is Your Love,” all reached the No.1 spot.
In addition to his work with the Bee Gees, Barry recorded with different artists and lent his producing talents to other performers. His duet with Barbra Streisand, “Guilty,” became a huge hit in 1980. Two years later, Barry worked with Dionne Warwick on her hit album Heartbreaker. He, with his brothers, also penned the classic 1983 Kenny Rogers-Dolly Parton duet, “Islands in the Stream.”
The Bee Gees eventually received acclaim for their talents as performers and songwriters and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Although the Bee Gees ended in 2003, Barry continues to perform today.
After the death of his brother Maurice in 2003, Barry and Robin retired the Bee Gees name. The surviving pair appeared together and worked hard to preserve their musical legacy, producing special collections of their previous work. Barry performed as a solo act, after his brother, Robin, died from cancer in 2012.
Today, Barry spends much of his time in Florida where he lives with his wife, Linda. The couple has five children together. While not as active as he once was, Barry embarked on his first tour without his brothers in early 2013, and still gives concerts several times each year.
For services to music, Barry (along with his brothers) was appointed Commander in the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace on May 27 ,2004. In 2007, Q magazine ranked him number 38 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers”.
ABOUT THE BRANDLAUREATE AWARDS
The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF), is the world’s premier branding foundation. As a trendsetter in branding, the Foundation’s primary objectives include promotion of Brands, and the inculcation of good Brand culture in the business arena.
The BrandLaureate, a sobriquet for brand excellence, was set up to meet said objectives of APBF – enabling the foundation to execute its goals effectively.
While Brands are often represented by organizations, products and services, they also encompass individuals who embody outstanding personalities in their own right.
The APBF plays its part by honoring and recognizing exceptional individuals and entities that have redefined the benchmark of fineness – remarkable archetypes that have given their best to the world through their respective fields.:
GLOBAL ICONS: Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook), Hillary Clinton (former US First Lady and Secretary of State), Dr Ben S. Bernanke (Economist), Prof. Ferid Murad (Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine), Prof. Robert Fry Engle (Nobel Laureate for Economics), the late Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Inc) and the late President Nelson Mandela (former President of South Africa).
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SPORTS PERSONALITIES: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United Football Manager), the late Muhammad Ali (Boxing), Wladimir Klitschko (IBF, WBO & WBA), Michael Schumacher (Formula One Driver), Ivan Lendl (Tennis champion), Tiger Woods (Professional Golfer).
SINGER-SONGWRITERS: Andrea Bocelli (Opera singer), Sir Cliff Richard (Legendary singer), Adele (Singer & songwriter), Kitaro (Japanese composer), Richard Clayderman (Pianist), Lee Ritenour (Guitarist), Ron Korb (Grammy Composer & Flutist), Sir Bob Geldof (Singer-songwriter, activist).
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