What Are Some Biographical Facts About Barry Gibb?


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Barry Gibb, born on September 1, 1946, was the co-founder of the musical group Bee Gees with his brothers Maurice and Robin. He sang lead and played guitar for the band. Although born in Douglas, Isle of Man, he grew up in Australia and began his career in the late 1960s in England.

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Barry Gibb and his brothers won Grammy Awards in 1977 for songs they contributed to the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack. He collaborated with Barbara Streisand in 1980 and Dionne Warwick in 1982. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Barry and his band produced five number-one hits, including "Staying Alive," "Jive Talkin'," "You Should Be Dancing," "Night Fever" and "How Deep Is Your Love."

Barry married his first wife, Maureen Bates, in 1966 and divorced in 1970. He married his second wife, Linda Yates, that same year, and together they had five children: Stephen, Ashley, Travis, Michael and Alexandra. In 2009, he and his wife officially became American citizens and continued to hold dual citizenship in Great Britain.

Gibb remains the sole surviving member of the Bee Gees as of 2015, as his brother Maurice died in 2003 and Robin died in 2012.

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