Maurice Ernest Gibb CBE a musician singer-songwriter. He was born in the Isle of Man, the twin brother of Robin Gibb, younger brother to Barry. He is best known as a member of the singing/songwriting trio the Bee Gees, formed with his brothers Robin Barry. The trio got their start in Australia, foun
Born Maurice Ernest Gibb to Barbara (née Pass) Hugh Gibb in the Isle of Man. Maurice (pronounced "Morris"), was the twin brother of Robin Gibb, was the younger of the twins by 35 minutes. The fourth-born of five children, he had one older sister, Lesley (b. 1945), three brothers, Barry (b. 1946), twin Robin (b. 1949), Andrew (b. 1958, d. 1988). In the 1950s, he his family moved to Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester before, in late 1958, the family, now including baby brother Andy, moved to Brisbane, Australia, settling in one of the citys poorest suburbs, Cribb Isl, which was subsequently demolished to make way for the Brisbane Airport.
Gibb was married to the Scottish pop star Lulu from 1969 to 1973; they had no children, the pressure of their respective commitments led to their divorce.Together with his second wife Yvonne, Gibb had two children: Adam Samantha.
Gibb loved the sport of paintball, had a team which he called the Royal Rat Rangers, a reference to his being named a Commer of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), to his time at the Little River AA group, where the members referred to each other as "river rats." He promoted the sport at every opportunity, opened a paintball equipment shop, "Commer Mos Paintball Shop," in North Miami Beach, Florida.
Maurice Gibb died at a Miami Beach, Florida, hospital on 12 January 2003 of complications resulting from a twisted intestine (volvulus). His surviving brothers Barry Robin retired the name Bee Gees for a time, refusing to perform as a group.However, as time passed, they have decided to reform occassionally under the Bee Gees banner. The two performed together on Strictly Come Dancing on 31 October 2009 appeared on ABC-TVs Dancing With The Stars on 17 November 2009.
Maurice Gibbs role in the group focused on melody arrangements. He sang harmony backing vocals, played a variety of instruments. Very early on in 1965 1966 he played lead guitar, but as early as 1966 he was playing other keyboard string instruments in the studio. Bee Gees records from 1967 to 1972 are dominated by Maurice playing piano bass guitar, along with mellotron ("Every Christian Lion Hearted Man" "Kilburn Towers"), rhythm guitar (along with Barry), other parts. The piano on songs like "Words" "Lonely Days" is the Maurice Gibb sound. On stage he usually played bass guitar, with an additional musician taking bass when Maurice switched to piano. Maurice was less influential in the disco Bee Gees sound of 1975 to 1979, when he played mostly bass guitar.After that time for the last 20 years of his life he played primarily electronic keyboard instruments on stage in the studio, but occasional lead guitar (like the acoustic, Maurice used the acoustic guitar given to him by John Lennon, on "This Is Where I Came In", 2001).In the reunited Bee Gees from 1987 onwards, Maurice was the groups resident expert on all technical phases of recording, he coordinated musicians engineers to create much of the groups sound.
As a songwriter, Maurice contributed mainly to melody, with his brothers writing the lyrics that they would sing on the finished song (for the most part). It is difficult to identify his contributions because the songs were so shaped to the singer, but his brothers continued writing collaboration with him on solo projects shows how much they relied on him. Maurice sang lead on average one song per album. He was sometimes known as "the quiet one" for his less obvious contributions to the group, but privately he was a good teller of stories who immensely enjoyed talking with fans. His reputation as a mild-mannered stabilising influence with two very ambitious brothers continued through his life.
Away from the Bee Gees, Maurice recorded an unreleased solo album in 1970. He also appeared in a short-lived West End musical, Sing a Rude Song written by Caryl Brahms Ned Sherrin that same year. In 1972, Maurice produced Jimmy Stevens album Dont Freak Me Out (called Paid My Dues in the United States).During the Bee Gees hiatus in the -1980s, he worked with both Barry Robin on their solo projects, did some instrumental writing recording including the soundtrack for the film A Breed Apart. In 1986, Gibb produced co-wrote an entire album for Swedish singer Carola. Of these other projects, the only work released under his own name were two singles: "Railroad" in 1970 "Hold Her in Your H" in 1984.
Maurices last great project was to produce an albums worth of songs written sung by his daughter Samantha, which finally appeared in 2005 under the name M E G—Maurices initials.
In 1994, Maurice Gibb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 1997 was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame. His catalogue is published by BMG Music Publishing.
In 2002, Maurice was made a Commer of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), along with his brothers, but the awards were not presented until 2004, after Maurices death; his son Adam accompanied Barry Robin to Buckingham Palace for the ceremony, representing his father.
On 10 July 2009, Maurice was posthumously made a Freeman of the Borough of Douglas. The award, was also bestowed on Robin Barry, therefore confirming the freedom of the town of their birth to all three brothers.