Barry Gibb was born on Sept. 1, 1946, on the Isle of Man, England. He grew up in Manchester, England, with his brothers Robin and Maurice and his sister Lesley. His father was Hugh Gibb, a drummer and bandleader, and his mother was Barbara Gibb. While living in England, Barry and his brothers formed their first musical group, The Rattlesnakes, with Barry on vocals and guitar.Continue Reading
When Barry was 2 years old, he was hospitalized with severe burns when he pulled a pot of tea onto himself from the table. He spent over two months in the hospital battling gangrene and other complications.
In 1958, the Gibb family moved to Australia when another son, Andy, was born. The Rattlesnakes changed their name to The Bee Gees and scored a number of psychedelic pop hits during this period, including "New York Mining Disaster 1941." The group then changed their image with the arrival of disco in the 1970s. Barry became a icon of the era with his style of clothing, gold chains and open-necked shirts. Barry also worked with other musicians, including Barbara Streisand, with whom he recorded a successful duet, "Guilty."
Barry Gibb's legacy remains influential, and in 2007, Q Magazine rated Barry as number 38 on the list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.Learn more about Art & Literature