Barry Gibb is a legendary British pop music singer, best known as a member of one of the world’s best-selling and award-winning groups, the Bee Gees, which consists of him and his younger brothers Robin and Maurice.
Gibb, who was recognized by Queen Elizabeth in 2002 for his services to music and entertainment as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) before being elevated to knighthood in 2018, was best known for his high level of singing. However, he is more revered for his outstanding songwriting skills, as he is widely regarded as the best and most successful in the industry, alongside Beatles members John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Barry Gibb was born Barry Alan Crompton Gibb on September 1, 1946, in Douglas, Isle of Man. His father, Hugh Gibb, was a musician, while his mother, Barbara Gibb (née Pass), was a housewife. He is of English, Scottish, and Irish descent.
Around the age of 9, following his father’s influence, Gibb began playing the guitar, while his younger twin brothers Robin and Maurice and a number of other friends contributed with singing. Their group, which they called “The Rattlesnakes”, covered songs by popular artists of the time and put on their first show on December 28, 1957. A year later, after the Gibb family moved, the brothers changed their name to Wee Johnny Hayes and the Blue Cats.
The band later changed its name to Bee Gees when the family moved to Australia in 1958. Here they performed in various places like hotels, clubs, and highways to earn money. Barry Gibb left school in 1961 to concentrate on his music and managed to land a contract with the Australian Record Company, Festival Records. The group released a number of songs and also wrote for other top artists in the country before returning to England in 1967, where they met and signed with Robert Stigwood, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Barry Gibb’s Net Worth
Barry Gibb has had great success as a musician. His group, the Bee Gees, are listed as the best-selling musical acts of all time alongside Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Paul McCartney. Personally, Gibb is an award-winning songwriter and producer himself and has worked with a number of high-profile artists. All of this work and his worldwide reputation have resulted in him amassing an estimated $90 million.
Family – Wife, Children
Barry Gibb is currently married to former Miss Edinburgh, Linda Gibb (née Gray). The two are said to have met during the recording of the BBC show “Top of the Pops” in London, before they were married almost immediately on September 1, 1970, on Gibb’s 24th birthday, which was also only three months after the divorce from him and his first wife. His first marriage occurred at the young age of 19 when Gibb exchanged vows with Maureen Bates, but the marriage lasted only four years.
Gibb revealed that Linda Gray, who was just 17 years old when they met, was the most beautiful woman he had ever met. He said he faced stiff competition from people like Steve McQueen, who tried to run away with her on his motorcycle, but for some reason, she decided to stay with him. Barry and Linda have been together for nearly half a decade now, welcoming five children; Stephen, born in 1973, Ashley, born in 1977, and then Travis, born in 1981. The last two are Michael, born in 1984, and Alexandra, who welcomed them seven years later in 1991.
The couple’s first-born son, Stephen, popularly known as Steven, followed in his father’s footsteps to become a musician. He was a member of a number of hard rock and metal bands including 58, Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow, Black Label Society, and Saigon Kick.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Barry Alan Crompton Gibb
Date of Birth: 1 September 1946
Place of Birth: Douglas, Isle of Man
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Height: 5 feet 11 inches (180.3 cm)
Weight: 79 kg (174.2 pounds)
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer