Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb Receives Knighthood for Services to Music and Charity
Barry Gibb, the Bee Gees singer and writer, received his knighthood for his music and charity work on June 26 at Buckingham Palace.
“It’s the greatest honour you can receive obviously, and I’m just blown away by the idea of it,” the musician and producer said.
The Bee Gees are one of the most famous bands of the 60s and 70s. Barry formed the team with his two younger twin brothers Robin and Maurice in 1966. Their father, Hugh Gibb, is a drummer and their mother, Barbara Gibb, is a housewife.
Many of their work, ranging from country to disco music, are popular and well known, which include: How Deep is Your Love, You Win Again, Stayin Alive, Night Fever and much more.
They also created hit songs for other singers such as Barbra Streisand (Woman in Love and Guilty), Celine Dion (Immortality), Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (Islands in the Stream), etc.
Barry was very excited when he learned that he would be knighted.
“I was told on New Year’s Day, no, it was Christmas Day, but I wasn’t to tell anybody. So they said you can tell your wife, but she can’t tell anyone else. Well, if you tell your wife you’re telling everybody anyway,” he said.
Sir Barry’s music career has spanned over fifty years. He is now 71 years old, and he is the last remaining member of the Bee Gees. Robin died of liver cancer in 2012 and Maurice passed in 2003 after a medical operation.
Barry Gibb supports non-profit organizations such as Diabetes Research Institute, and he has participated in different charity concerts and music therapy sessions.
Other celebrities who have been knighted this year include actor Hugh Laurie, singer Marc Almond, Beatles drummer Ringo Star, and rapper Wiley.