Last surviving 'Bee Gee' Barry Gibb is honored with knighthood

Manuela Cardiga
Jun 27, 2018
06:10 P.M.
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Sir Barry Gibb paid tribute to his late brothers at his knighting ceremony


In 1958 brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb started a band they called the Bee Gees. The group distinguished themselves by their unusual vocal attributes: Robin's clear vibrato and Barry's exceptional falsetto.

The brothers wrote their own hits and were one of the most successful bands from the 60s right through to the 80s.

On the 27th of June, 2018, Barry Gibbs, 71, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, was knighted by Prince Charles after being named on the Queen’s New Years Honours List, and the details of the ceremony were shared on Twitter.


"If it was not for my brothers, I would not be here. If I had spent my whole life writing songs on my own, it would have meant something else altogether."

Barry's two younger brothers, Maurice and Robin are deceased. Maurice had died following a bowel operation in 2003, and his twin Robin passed away in 2012 from cancer.

Sir Barry confessed emotionally that he would have loved to have shared this special day with his brothers. He stated that he would not have achieved success without them.

The trio stamped their mark on the Disco era when they wrote the music for the blockbuster 'Saturday Night Fever.'


In 1976, the band had hit the doldrums and were looking for a new project when producer Robert Stigwood commissioned the Bee Gees to create the songs for the film.

The brothers wrote the songs for the soundtrack over the weekend at their Château d'Hérouville studio in France. Every single song became a hit, and the Bee Gees were back on top.


After 60 years singing and songwriting, Barry Gibbs was honored for his services to music and charity.

Gibb confessed that the honor was “a bit surreal,” but declared himself privileged to receive what he considered the  "high award that your culture can give you and that is something I am enormously proud of.”