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Whether or not you got to experience the Bee Gees in their heyday back in the '60s and '70s, you're certainly familiar with their songs. Cranking out hits including "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman," and "How Deep Is Your Love," the band of brothers more than earned their spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which they were inducted into in 1997. Sadly,Barry Gibb is now the only surviving member of the Bee Gees.His younger brothers, fraternal twins Robin GibbandMaurice Gibb died in 2012 and 2003, respectively. The eldest Gibb is now 75 and has continued to make music following the passing of his siblings and bandmates. Read on to find out what Barry's life is like today.

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The Bee Gees had a 45-year career.

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Originally known as The Rattlesnakes, the British brothers were successful as the Bee Gees first in Australia in the late '50s and early '60s. They started gaining more momentum internationally in the late '60s but also underwent some personnel changes, with Robin briefly leaving the band to go solo. It wasn't until the late '70s that the Bee Gees, who'd already been around for decades, released the disco music that would define them, including their contributions to the soundtrack of 1977'sSaturday Night Fever. The band continued to tour and release music (and deal with personal squabbles), off and on, until 2003, when Maurice unexpectedly died ahead of emergency intestinal surgery. Barry and Robin performed together occasionally after that, up until Robin's 2012 death, but the band name was retired after Maurice's passing.

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The disco era might be behind him, but Barry Gibb is still releasing music as a solo artist. In January 2021, his latest album, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers' Songbook (Vol. 1), was released, and it's filled with country-inspired takes on popular Bee Gees songs sung as duets with other music icons, including Dolly PartonandKeith Urban.

In an interview with the Tennessean, Barry said, "Country music has always been my music." Even so, he originally wanted the other artists on the album to occupy the spotlight and fully interpret the songs written by him and his brothers. A producer convinced him it should be an album of duets.

"Everybody was going to sing the song their way, and I wasn't going to get in my own way. But Dave Cobb, he weaved his magic and made sure that I was on every track. And also, Capitol [Records] made sure that it was my name [on the album]. I didn't ask for any of that," Barry continued.

He's not the only living Gibb sibling.

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Barry's parents Hugh and Barbara Gibb had five children. In addition to Robin, Maurice, and Barry, that also includes the youngest Gibb brother, Andy, who was also a musician and died of myocarditis in 1988 at the age of 30, andLesley, who chose a quiet life after a brief stint with the Bee Gees.

Lesley, the oldest sibling and only girl, was a part of the band in the '60s when Robin was prioritizing his solo career. (Colin Peterson, on the left in the above photo and no relation, was also in the lineup at that time.) But she ultimately chose a quieter life, settling down in Australia with husband Keith Evans, where they raised seven children and Lesley bred Staffordshire bull terriers. She's now 77.

"We grew up ­surrounded by love and music in a very ­happy household. We had a brilliant childhood," Lesley toldMirrorof her family in 2012.

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Barry currently lives in Miami with his wife of 52 years.

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Barry was first married to Maureen Bates from 1966 to 1970, then, the same year as their divorce, he tied the knot with Linda Gray, who is still his wife today. Over the course of their marriage, they've welcomed five children: Steve, Alexandra, Ashley, Travis, and Michael. Now, Barry and Gray live in Miami.

"She was the hostess for one week, the week [the Bee Gees' song] 'Massachusetts' was [No.1] . And she'd never heard of it," Barry told The Scottish Sun in 2021 of their first meeting during a taping of Top of the Pops. "We just saw each other across the room and something happened. And, um, we had a bit of a cuddle in Doctor Who's TARDIS, surrounded by Daleks!"

Gray has lived out of the spotlight for most of her marriage to Barry, though she and her children did join the Bee Gees for their performance in the 1983 TV special, Cilla Black's Christmas. She also accompanies her husband to events, and the couple are occasionally spotted out and about in Florida.

Barry's mission is to "keep the music alive."

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As the final remaining member of the Bee Gees, Gibb told The New York Times in 2020 that since he knows he also won't be here forever, he's going to keep playing their music until then.

"The mission is to keep the music alive. Regardless of us, regardless of me," he said. "One day, like my brothers, I will no longer be around, and I want the music to last. So I'm going to play it no matter what."

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FAQs

How much older is Barry Gibb than his brothers? ›

Conversation. Barry Gibb is 3 years older than his twin brothers Maurice and Robin Gibb.

What is Barry Gibb doing now? ›

Now, Barry is a solo artist who often collaborates with his sons Stephen and Ashley on new music.

Who is Barry Gibb married to today? ›

Barry Gibb has been married to his wife, Linda Gray, for over five decades. The Grammy-winning musician, singer and songwriter started out as a member of the iconic band the Bee Gees alongside his late brothers, Robin and Maurice.

How many Gibb siblings are still alive? ›

On 20 May 2012, Robin Gibb died, making Barry the sole surviving Gibb brother.

Why did the Gibb brothers not get along? ›

No sooner had they become famous than the Bee Gees fell out – or, rather, Barry and Robin did: none of the brothers had a clearly defined role in the band, and they ended up arguing over who was the frontman. “Before we ever became famous were the best times of our lives,” he says.

What did Maurice Gibb pass away of? ›

Maurice Gibb died in January 2003. His cause of death was volvulus , a complication of bowel obstruction (blockage) that causes twisting of the intestine. Gibb, 53, was a member of the Bee Gees, a pop band that was popular during the 1970s.

Why did Barry and Robin Gibb fall out? ›

Barry also revealed that there were several periods during their 5 decades in music when he, Robin and Maurice didn't get along, most notably after their initial rise to fame in the late 1960s fuled by hits like “To Love Somebody.” Robin and Barry in particular began to fight over who deserved to be the group's ...

What does Barry Gibb's daughter do? ›

Is Barry Gibb touring in 2024? ›

Find out more about Barry Gibb tour dates & tickets 2024-2025. Want to see Barry Gibb in concert? Find information on all of Barry Gibb's upcoming concerts, tour dates and ticket information for 2024-2025. Unfortunately there are no concert dates for Barry Gibb scheduled in 2024.

Which Bee Gee had an open marriage? ›

Dwina Gibb, 61, an artist, writer and bisexual self-styled druid priestess, said she and the singer had a “certain kind of freedom” in their marriage, but loved each other deeply. More than one women: Robin Gibb performs in Dubai in 2008, four years before his death, aged 62.

What caused Robin Gibb's death? ›

In May 2012, Gibb died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure brought on by colorectal cancer.

Was Robin Gibb married at the time of his death? ›

His second marriage lasted from 1985 until his death in 2012. He was married to Dwina Murphy, an author and artist. The couple had a son together, Robin-John (known as RJ, born 1983). Aged 50, Robin Gibb began an affair with his 25-year-old housekeeper, Claire Yang.

Was Maurice Gibb sober when he died? ›

Maurice would remain sober until his death.

Does Barry Gibb have any sisters? ›

Which Gibb died early? ›

Andy, who was the younger brother of the Bee Gees — Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb — died just five days after his 30th birthday from an inflammatory heart virus exacerbated by years of substance abuse.

How much younger was Andy Gibb than Barry Gibb? ›

The idea of his joining The Bee Gees was often suggested, but the age gap between him and his elder brothers (more than 11 years younger than Barry, slightly more than eight years younger than twins Robin and Maurice) made this impossible. His daughter, Peta Gibb, was married on January 2008 to Matt Weber.

Why did Andy Gibb not sing with his brother? ›

While the Bee Gees started off pretty young themselves, Andy wasn't even ten when the group were beginning to score some pretty massive international success – so he was too young to join his brothers. He'd moved with the family to Australia when he was just six months old, but came back to the UK in early 1967.

Which Bee Gee was married to Lulu? ›

Just weeks before her 1969 Eurovision appearance, Lulu had married Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in a ceremony in Gerrards Cross. Maurice's older brother Barry was opposed to their marriage as he believed them to be too young.

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