Barry Alan Crompton Gibb CBE (born 1 September 1946) is a singer, songwriter and producer. He was born in Douglas, Isle of Man, to English parents. With his brothers Robin and Maurice, he formed the Bee Gees, one of the most successful pop groups of all time. The trio got their start in Australia, and found their major success when they returned to England. He is known for his high-pitched falsetto singing voice.
Gibb grew up with his family in Chorlton-cum-Hardy
. In 1958 his family moved to Brisbane, Australia
, settling in one of the city's poorest suburbs, Cribb Island
, which was subsequently obliterated to make way for Brisbane Airport
Barry Gibb married a former "Miss Edinburgh (Scotland)" Linda Gray on 1 September 1970, choosing Barry's birthdate "so he wouldn't forget [their] anniversary" according to Linda from a 1979 biography of the Bee Gees. At that time they lived in Abbey House, a mansion block in London near the Abbey Road
crossing made famous by The Beatles
. They have 5 children: Stephen
(1973), Ashley (1977), Travis (1981), Michael (1984), and Alexandra (1991). He has five grandchildren: Nina and Angus Levas Gibb (Stephen's children), Lucas John Crompton Gibb (Ashley's child), Damien Michael Crompton Gibb (Michael's child), and Layla Victoria Gibb (Travis's child).
According to the biography Tales from The Brothers' Gibb
... In the early 90s Barry had a heart attack brought on by morphine during a back operation and suffers from arthritis. He also thought that his career was over because his hands were badly affected and sometimes wears a glove to keep his hand warm while playing the guitar.
In January 2006 Gibb purchased the former home of country legends Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in Hendersonville, Tennessee, intending to restore it and turn it into a songwriting retreat. This house was destroyed by fire on 10 April 2007.
Gibb resides in Miami Beach and Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
On 7 December 2006, Barry Gibb, along with around 4,500 other musicians, took out a full-page advertisement in the Financial Times
newspaper calling for the British Government
to extend the existing 50 years copyright protection for sound recordings in the United Kingdom
. The fair play for musicians
advertisement was viewed as a direct response to the Gowers Review
published by the British Government on 6 December 2006 which recommended the retention of the 50 year protection for sound recordings.
On the 8 May 2007 episode of American Idol
, Gibb mentored the four remaining contestants, and on the following night, he sang his own song "To Love Somebody
" before the elimination of LaKisha Jones
As a preview to his forthcoming country album, Gibb has released the song "Drown On The River" to iTunes. The song will also be featured in the 2008 movie Deal starring Burt Reynolds.
According to interviews, Gibb has some resistance to his late 70s music being called 'disco' and had thought of the music that they were writing at the time as R&B and soul.