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Barry Gibb and Other Members of Pop Group 'Bee Gees' after Worldwide Fame

Bettina Dizon
Apr 06, 2020
11:00 A.M.
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The Bee Gees made a name for themselves as one of the greatest bands of the 21st century, becoming at par with other music legends such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Elvis Presley.

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From the early '60s until the late '70s, the famous music band The Bee Gees became a hit in the music industry, selling millions of albums.

Their fame could be compared to that of iconic singers such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles, but what made them distinct is their musical talent that ran in their veins.

The Bee Gees and their younger brother Andy Gibb at the NARM convention and award ceremony at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, March 1979. | Source: Getty Images

The Bee Gees and their younger brother Andy Gibb at the NARM convention and award ceremony at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, March 1979. | Source: Getty Images

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Members of The Bee Gees were brothers by blood, Barry, Maurice, and Robin. Like shooting stars, they shined before fading away. However, their legacy lives on through their music. Here's their story.

BARRY GIBB

Barry is the lone survivor among the four siblings and also the eldest Gibb born in 1946. After experiencing the death of all his brothers, one by one, he was left with loneliness.

Barry Gibb on stage during the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on July 1, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

Barry Gibb on stage during the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on July 1, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

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His wife Linda encouraged Barry to make music again, but it wasn't as easy as it looked. The singer shared:

"The realization that my brothers -- first Maurice and now Robin -- weren't standing next to me anymore made me feel pretty isolated. When I looked left or right, they weren't there with me."

Barry Gibb on stage during the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on July 1, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

Barry Gibb on stage during the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards on July 1, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

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Although they were close at the beginning, Barry's relationship with his brothers slowly deteriorated as years passed. He especially drifted from Robin, who was the last Bee Gee member to survive with him.

"During the last five years, Robin and I could not connect in any way. What drove me down was that we didn't get a chance to really say goodbye," he recalled.

Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb with their brother Andy Gibb (1958 - 1988) in Miami, Florida, March 1978. | Source: Getty Images

Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb with their brother Andy Gibb (1958 - 1988) in Miami, Florida, March 1978. | Source: Getty Images

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MAURICE GIBB

Maurice and Robin were born twins but had different fates. Maurice followed his brother Andy in 2003 after similarly suffering from addiction. He died of cardiac arrest.

The musician suffered drug and alcohol addiction but exacerbated his heart condition by downing a glass several times a day.

Maurice Gibb (1949 - 2003) of the Bee Gees, 1984. | Source: Getty Images

Maurice Gibb (1949 - 2003) of the Bee Gees, 1984. | Source: Getty Images

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In 1981, he entered a private London clinic to overcome his alcoholism but was later kicked out for getting drunk and causing a disturbance.

Admittedly, Maurice credits John Lennon for introducing him to his favorite drink, scotch and coke, which sadly also took away his life.

Maurice Gibb marrying Yvonne Spenceley at Haywards Heath Registry Office, Sussex, October 17th 1975. | Source: Getty Images

Maurice Gibb marrying Yvonne Spenceley at Haywards Heath Registry Office, Sussex, October 17th 1975. | Source: Getty Images

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The "Baby Bee Gee" sought popularity on his own while his three brothers also achieved much success in the industry.

Maurice was married to his second wife Yvonne, when he got sick. The couple had two kids, Adam and Samantha, after they met at Batley Variety Club.

ROBIN GIBB

Robin was the third Gibb to pass away after a long battle with colon and liver cancer, leaving his only living brother Barry.

The Bee Gees Robin Gibb at press conference, Tokyo, March 1972. | Source: Getty Images

The Bee Gees Robin Gibb at press conference, Tokyo, March 1972. | Source: Getty Images

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He married his first love, Molly Hillis, in 1968 and had two kids, Spencer and Melissa. After surviving a train accident that killed 49 people, things changed for Robin.

Things got worse and the singer began taking amphetamines to stay up and began neglecting his relationship. He admitted:

"I took the pills to stay up all night and make records. You had to work through the night because studio time was expensive. I never took serious drugs."

Robin Gibb with his first wife, Molly, and managing director of NEMS Enterprises, Vic Lewis, celebrating Gibb's signing of a contract with NEMS, 5th September 1969. | Source: Getty Images

Robin Gibb with his first wife, Molly, and managing director of NEMS Enterprises, Vic Lewis, celebrating Gibb's signing of a contract with NEMS, 5th September 1969. | Source: Getty Images

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Sadly, their marriage ended in divorce and the entertainer went on to marry Dwina Murphy, whom he had one child with,

ANDY GIBB

Andy was the last to be born and the first to pass away among his siblings. At the age of 19, he achieved commercial success and fame with his solo career that produced the album "Shadow Dancing."

Andy Gibb, portrait, USA, 1978. | Source: Getty Images

Andy Gibb, portrait, USA, 1978. | Source: Getty Images

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The "Baby Bee Gee" sought popularity on his own while his three brothers also achieved much success in the industry.

Like many young stars, Andy battled addiction for years. At 19, he married Kim Reeder and moved to West Hollywood. She recalled:

"All of a sudden, Andy wanted to go to the mountains by himself. He became ensconced in the drug scene. Cocaine became his first love. He became depressed and paranoid. He wasn't the man I married."

Andy Gibb, February 27, 1980. | Source: Getty Images

Andy Gibb, February 27, 1980. | Source: Getty Images

Although he tried to overcome his issues by seeking help from the Betty Ford Clinic, the damage had already destroyed his career.

In 1987, the youngest Gibb declared bankruptcy, followed by his tragic death the following year from inflammation of the heart after all the substances had entered his body.

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