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1949-2003 I am not sure what to say. Maurice Gibb was one of the most talented kindest man around. He always took the time to make his fans feel special. I pray that God helps Maurice's wife, children, and Barry and Robin through this difficult time. What helps me is to think that Maurice is with Andy and his father in a better place. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Rev. 21:4) For all the music you gave the world. For all the people you helped. For all the laughs, dances, smiles and love you shared. All I can say is "THANK YOU LOVE!"

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Three Brothers Who Changed The World Of Music

Barry Gibb. Maurice Gibb. Robin Gibb. Three brothers who together formed the legendary Bee Gees. They all shared a love for music and a dream to bring their music to the world. And in the process of realizing their dream they changed the world of music.

The Gibb brothers were born in Douglas on the Isle of Man to parents Barbara and Hugh Gibb. Hugh was a drummer and bandleader struggling to make ends meet. Barry Alan Crompton Gibb was born on September 1, 1946. And the fraternal twins Robin Hugh Gibb and Maurice Ernest Gibb were born December 22, 1949. By as early as 5 years old Barry would pretend to preform at the loading dock of Ward's Ice Cream factory.

In 1955 the family moved to Manchester, England. By now the brothers had began to sing in harmony. They formed a band with two local friends and named themselves "The Rattlesnakes". There first public performance was at the Gaumont Theatre in Manchester on December 28, 1957. At that time between movies children could go up on stage and lip sync to hits of the day. On their way to the theatre the record they were going to sing to was dropped. With a broken record, the group decided to sing themselves. They were given a shilling each by the manager and asked to come back the next week. Even at this time young nine year old Barry was beginning to write songs. They were always seeking new places to sing. In May 1958 their friends left the band. And they renamed themselves "Wee Johnny Hayes and The Blue Cats". They continued playing where ever they could get an audience. Their father began to smuggle them into the club his band was playing. Where the crowd loved them.

In August 1958 the family moved to Australia where they began to sing anywhere the could. They sang on the radio show "Talent Quest". And at the Redcliffe Speedway Circus in Brisbane. Barry and a friend would walk around with a case of soda selling drinks. They came up with the idea to set up a little stall where Barry, Robin and Maurice would sing. While people stopped to watch them sing they would sell the drinks. The racetrack promoter Bill Goode noticed them and began to let them sing for the crowd between races. Bill Goode introduced them to radio DJ Bill Gates. At these time they began to call themselves The Bee Gees. With so many B.G.'s (Barbara Gibb, the brothers Gibb, Barry Gibb, Bill Goode, Bill Gates) involved it just seemed to be the perfect name. Bill Gates taped six of their songs and played them on his radio show. By 1960 they were appearing on local television shows. They would perform at clubs and resorts. In 1962 they meet Col Joye, who helped the boys get their first record deal in 1963 with Festival Records as the Bee Gees. Their first single "The Battle of The Blue and Grey" was released on March 22, 1963. In 1965 their first record "Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs" was released. The family decided to move back to England in 1967. By the time they had set sail Barry was one of Australia's leading songwriters. And they had their first number 1 single with "Spicks and Specks". On January 3, 1967 the Gibb family boarded The Fairsky and set sail for London England. Before they had left Australia Hugh had sent tapes of their records to the Beatles manager Brian Epstein NEMS office. He had passed them on to Robert Stigwood. Soon after they arrived in London Robert had signed them to a recording, management, and publishing deal. This would begin to open the doors that would bring the Bee Gees into the hearts of the world. The Bee Gees first international hit was in 1967 with "New York Mining Disaster 1941". From there the Bee Gees would go on to write, produce and perform many hits. Including, "To Love Somebody", "I Can't See Nobody", "Massachusetts", "Words", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You", "I Started A Joke", "Lonely Days", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "Run To Me", "Jive Talkin", "Nights On Broadway", "You Should Be Dancing", "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive", "Night Fever", "Too Much Heaven", "Tragedy", "Love You Inside Out", "Rest Your Love On Me", "You Win Again", "One", "Wish You Were Here", "Secret Love", "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "Alone".

They have also written and produced many songs for other artists. "If I Can't Have You" for Yvonne Elliman, "Emotion" for Samantha Sang, "Grease" (title song for the movie) for Frankie Valli, "Guilty" for Barbara Streisand, "Heartbreaker" for Dionne Warwick, "Chain Reaction" for Diana Ross and "Islands In The Stream" for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

In 2001 "This Is Where I Came In" was released. It would end up being the final album for the Bee Gees. Some of the songs on the album included "Man In The Middle" and "Walking On Air" by Maurice. "Deja Vu", "Promise The Earth" and "Embrace" by Robin. "Loose Talk Costs Lives", "Technicolour Dreams" and "Voice In The Wilderness" by Barry.

On January 12, 2003, the music world was shocked and saddened when Maurice Ernest Gibb at the age of 53 passed away.

The Bee Gees have brought home many awards over the years. Including The American Music Award for "International Achievement", The Brit Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Music", World Music Award for "Lifetime Achievement". They have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. And the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The have held many number 1's on the record charts. Many of todays artists list the Bee Gees as artists that have unfluenced them. But most importantly they have brought home the respect, admiration and love of their fans. The Bee Gees have always treated their fans with love and respect. They will take the time to talk to the fans, sign autographs and have their picture taken with the fans.

What began as three little boys with a dream. Three little boys with a love of music yet no formal training. Turned into the legend of the Bee Gees. Though the Bee Gees are no longer a group they have left the music world forever changed.

And their music will live on forever!

(by: Donna Latvis)


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