Maurice Gibb

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Maurice Gibb

Douglas, Middle, Isle of Man
Death 12 Jan 2003 (aged 53)
Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 7075769 View Source
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Musician. Founding member of the seminal music trio the Bee Gees. They are best known for their contributions to the multi-million selling soundtrack "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) and their significant influence on popularizing the Disco genre of the mid and late 1970s. Pronounced "Morris," he was born the twin brother of Robin, in Douglas, on the Isle of Man, England. His father Hugie was a bandleader and drummer and shortly after the birth of his brother Andy the family relocated to Australia. Along with Robin and older brother Barry they formed the Bee Gees deriving the name from the taking of the first initials of brothers and Gibb. They scored their first hit with "Spicks and Specks" (1966) and returned to England to embark upon their careers. With Barry and Robin providing lead vocals and Maurice contributing instrumentally with his bass and piano playing in addition to backing vocals, they had a string of memorable hits with "New York Mining Disaster 1941" (1967), "Massachusetts" (1967), "Lonely Days" (1970) and "How Do You Mend A Broken Heart" (1971). During this period, Maurice was married to singer Lulu (1969 to 1973) who was best known for the title song to the 1967 film "To Sir With Love." Following a three-year absence from the pop charts, they returned to the spotlight with a more up-tempo sound and style heard in the album "Main Course" (1975) and reached the level of immortality with the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, also enjoying immense success with the albums "Children of the World" (1976) and "Spirits Having Flown" (1978). Following Disco's departure the Bee Gees had a relatively quiet decade of the 1980s. After enduring the untimely death of his younger brother pop-star Andy Gibb at the age of 30, Maurice descended into a period of depression fuelled by alcohol, however he recovered in time to record the brothers' comeback album "One" (1989) which was followed with a successful tour. The Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Maurice died at the age of 53 of complications from a twisted intestine in January of 2003. His ashes were made into 4 purple diamonds and were given to Yvonne, Barbara Gibb, Barry & Robin. When Rob passed his diamond was placed inside his coffin. The twins were together again.

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