Barry Gibb

British singer, songwriter, record producer, and co-founder of the group Bee Gees

Sir Barry Alan Crompton Gibb CBE (born 1 September 1946) is a British/American singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as the founder of the pop group Bee Gees. With his brothers, Robin and Maurice Gibb, Gibb formed a songwriting partnership beginning in 1966. In 2004, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[7]In 2009, he became an American citizen and has dual British /US citizenship. In June, 2018, Barry was officially knighted by Prince Charles, which allows Barry to use the title Sir.

Sir Barry Gibb

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Gibb in 2017
Background information
Birth nameBarry Alan Crompton Gibb[1][2]
Also known asJohnny Hayes
Born (1946-09-01) 1 September 1946 (age 73)
Douglas, Isle of Man
GenresRock,[3] pop,[4] disco,[5] country[6]
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active1955–present
LabelsPolydor, Atco, MCA
Associated actsThe Rattlesnakes, Bee Gees

Early lifeEdit

Barry Gibb was born on 1 September 1946 on the Isle of Man to Hugh and Barbara Gibb. His family moved to Manchester, England, in the mid-1950s before emigrating to Australia. Barry formed his first band, The Rattlesnakes, in 1955, after his family moved to Manchester. His younger twin siblings, Robin and Maurice were also members of this skiffle group. After moving to Australia, the Gibb brothers renamed their band, the Bee Gees.


Gibb released his first album with the Bee Gees, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs, in 1965. It did not chart. In 1967, after returning to England, the Bee Gees released their first charting album Bee Gees' 1st. In 1979 the Bee Gees released their only number one album Spirits Having Flown. Gibb released Now Voyager in 1984. "Shine, Shine" was released as the album's second single. It reached number 37 in the Billboard 200. Gibb made the soundtrack for the movie Hawks. In 2011 "All In Your Name", a song Gibb sung with Michael Jackson, was released as a single.


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  3. V. Bogdanov, C. Woodstra and S. T. Erlewine, All Music Guide to Rock: the Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul (Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books, 3rd edn., 2002), ISBN 0-87930-653-X, pp. 85-6.
  4. "Bee Gees on AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  5. Summers, Kim. "Robin Gibb". Allrovi. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  6. Thompson, Gayle (September 26, 2012). "Ricky Skaggs Draws Barry Gibb Into Country Music". The Boot. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  7. "CBE".