On June 26th, Bee Gee Sir Barry Gibb, co-founder of the Bee Gees, was knighted by the royal family. Sir Barry Gibb paid tribute to his brothers who had passed in collecting his knighthood on Tuesday thanks to his charity and services to music.
The newly knighted Sir Barry is the sole living member of the band after his twin Robin’s death in 2012 from cancer. Maurice died in 2003 following a bowel operation.
Sir Barry spoke fondly of his brothers, thanking them for being in his life. Sir Barry Gibb said if it weren’t for them he would have spent his life writing songs on his own. And had he done that, it wouldn’t be the same meaning behind the music he helped create.
Sir Barry expressed his hope that his brothers are aware and proud of his Knighting. At 71-years-old, Barry said without a doubt he wished he could share this crucial moment with his brothers.
The singer, songwriter, as well as producer said it would take a while to get used to his new title. He couldn’t help but find this new title of his a little bit surreal.
As one of the highest awards in British culture, Sir Barry felt profoundly proud of the honor his new title shows.
The Musical Legacy of Sir Barry of the Bee Gees
As one of the most well known and successful bands ever, the Bee Gees hits include Massachusetts, Stayin Alive, Jive Talkin, Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, Tragedy, Words, and You Win Again.
The band also wrote musical hits for artists like Barbra Streisand (Guilty and Woman in Love), Dionne Warwick ( Heartbreaker and All the Love in the World), Kenny Rogers along with Dolly Parton (Islands in the Stream), and Celine Dion (Immortality). There was also Diana Ross with Chain Reaction and Grease by Frankie Valli.
Sir Barry said working with various artists had always been special for him. He said he loved writing songs for other artists. It’s not about merely cranking a song out and handing it over, he said. When someone he admires asked him to write a song for them, it gives him a unique sense of motivation.
The trio of brothers came from the Isle of Man before the family moved to Manchester. Sir Barry himself grew up in Australia.
Sir Barry is still creating new songs today. Last year, he performed at Glastonbury in the legend’s slot.