Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb
Maurice Gibb was born December 22nd, 1949 on the “Isle of Man” in England and was the twin brother of Robin Gibb. Along with older brother Barry Gibb they started preforming as early as 1955. In 1958 the whole tribe moved to Brisbane, Austrailia where the boys were regular’s in the Australian pop scene and hosted a TV show. Their big break came in 1967 (now known as “The Bee Gee’s” for brother’s Gibb) when they hit number one with “Spics and Specks”. Robert Stigwood picked them up and they relocated to England were they recorded their 1st album entitled (very creatively) as “The BeeGee’s 1st ” which yiedled “New York Mining Disaster 1941 “, “To Love Somebody”, and “Holiday”. From then on up until 1969 they released a string of melodic ballad-type top 40 hit singles featuring mainly Barry on lead vocals with Robin occassionly tweaking a tune. Some of their hits during this period included “I’ve just gotta get a message to you”,”I started a joke”,”Massachusetts and “Words”. Then in 1969 the BeeGee’s released a two record-set entitled “Odessa”. The album was made out of red velvet, and yielded the dismal “First of May”. The album was in the cutout bins for 5 years before I bought it for two bucks. After this Robin temporarily leaves the group and the other two bro’s release “Cucumber Castle” which ends the “BeeGee’s 60’s hit-making era. In 1970 the BeeGee’s bounced back with “Lonely Days'” and in 1971 with the megahit “How can you mend a broken heart”. In 1973 they released “Life in a tin can” which kills them out. The boys relocate to Miami and kick-back to get a sun tan and to figure out what went wrong as the rest of the U.S. jams on Alice Cooper, Zeppelin and “The Doobie Brothers”. In 1975 the “BeeGee’s” found themselves on top again with their comeback album “Maincourse” with the hits “Jive Talkin’,”Nights on Broadway” and “Fanny Be Tender with my Love”. Around this time more “dance singles” were being released and the 70’s nightclub scene was in full swing” (Get Down tonight..K.C. and the Sunshine Band”?) Stigwood then asked the boys for 4 songs for a movie soundtrack. The resulting movie 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever” becomes a global phenomenon selling over 30 million copies and three BeeGee hits: “Staying alive”,””How deep is your love” and “Night Fever”. The BeeGee’s rode the top of the disco wave, unfortunately they suffered the most from the anti-disco backlash, and were forever labeled as a “Disco” puke band. However they were brilliant songwriters and a legitamate talent. They continued to release albums with mixed results. On January 12, 2003 Maurice Gibb was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital suffering from a “strangulated hernia” were he died after emergency surgery at the age of 53. An investigation is pending into what exactly went wrong at the hospital.

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