- Andy Gibb
Infobox musical artist
Name = Andy Gibb
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Andrew Roy Gibb
Born = birth date|df=yes|1958|3|5
Died = death date and age|df=yes|1988|3|10|1958|3|5
Origin = Redcliffe,
Genre = Pop,
Years_active = 1975–1988
Label = RSO, Polydor
Guitar, pianofact|date=April 2008
The early years
Born Andrew Roy Gibb in
Manchester, England, to Barbara (née Pass) and Hugh Gibb, his family emigrated to Australiasix months after his birth, settling in Redcliffe, near Brisbane.
Gibb began playing at tourist clubs around
Spain's coastal Island of Ibiza, and later back in his homeland of the Isle of Man, as a young teenager. 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 difficult to achieve.
After returning to Australia in 1975 to hone his craft as a singer and songwriter, Gibb began recording a series of his own compositions, one of which was released as a single on the ATA label, owned by veteran Australian performer,
Col Joye. "Words and Music" would eventually reach Top Five on the Sydneymusic charts in 1976. This breakout would pave the way to an even greater milestone later that year — an invitation from Robert Stigwood(who, at the time, was also the Bee Gees' manager) to launch his international career signed to his label, RSO Records. Gibb soon moved to Miami Beach, Floridato begin working on songs with his brother Barry, and co-producers Albhy Galutenand Karl Richardson.
Prior to leaving Australia, Gibb had married his girlfriend, Kim Reeder. They had one child, a daughter named Peta Jaye, born 25 January 1978, but the couple was already separated at the time of Peta's birth and would divorce later that year. Gibb reportedly only met his daughter once in 1981. As of|2007 Peta is known as Peta J. Reeder-Gibb and breeds
Staffordshire Bull Terriers as well as being a respected dog showjudge in New South Wales, Australia. [ [http://www.gamesterstaffords.com/petaresume.html Judges Resume - Peta Reeder-Gibb ] ]
Rise to the top
United States, Gibb became the first male solo artist to chart three consecutive Number One singles on the "Billboard Hot 100". In July of 1977, he had his first major hit, " I Just Want to Be Your Everything", a song written by his brother Barry, just as his first album " Flowing Rivers" broke into the US Top 20, on its way to selling over a million copies. The album's second single " (Love Is) Thicker Than Water" broke in early 1978 amidst the commercial explosion caused by his brothers' contributions to the " Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, replacing " Stayin' Alive" at the top of the US charts, and then surpassed by " Night Fever" when it reached the summit in mid-March.Continuing the momentum of his first successes, Gibb began work with the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team on his second album "Shadow Dancing". The title track, written by all four Gibb brothers, was released as a single in the US in April 1978, and in mid-June began a seven week run at Number One, achieving platinum status. Two further Top Ten singles, " An Everlasting Love" (#5) and " (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" (#9), a cover of the earlier version by his brothers, were extracted from the album, which became another million seller.
Despite his impressive accomplishments, the pressures and excesses of such rapid success began to consume Gibb, and eventually he would succumb to
drug addictionand the reality of a career in decline.In 1979, Gibb performed, along with the Bee Gees, ABBA, and Olivia Newton-John(duet with "Rest Your Love On Me"), at the Music for UNICEF Concertat the United Nations General Assembly, broadcast worldwide.
He returned to the studio to begin recording sessions for his final full studio album, "After Dark".In March 1980 the last of Gibb's Top Ten singles charted just ahead of the album's release. "Desire", was recorded for the Bee Gees' 1979 album "Spirits Having Flown", and featured their original track complete with Andy's original "guest vocal" track. A second single, "I Can't Help It", a duet with family friend
Olivia Newton-John, reached the Top Twenty.
Later in the year, "
Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits" was released as a finale to his contract with RSO Records, with two new songs: "Time Is Time" (number 15 in January 1981) and "Me (Without You)" (Gibb's last Top Forty chart entry) shipped as singles. "After Dark" and " Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" were non single songs added to the album, the latter of which was a duet with PP Arnold, who had previously worked with Barry Gibb, including singing uncredited backups on, " Bury Me Down By The River" from Cucumber Castle.
As a relationship with actress
Victoria Principalensued, Gibb worked on several projects outside of the recording studio. These included acclaimed performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's " Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on Broadway, Gilbert & Sullivan's " The Pirates of Penzance" in Los Angeles, and a stint as co-host of the television music show "Solid Gold".
As Gibb's drug use intensified, he was becoming unreliable and he was eventually removed from each of those said endeavors. His romance with Principal also ended shortly thereafter, but not before recording and releasing a duet of the
Everly Brothers' classic "All I Have To Do Is Dream". This would be Gibb's last official single, and his last US chart entry, peaking at number 51. The Gibb family claims Andy never recovered from his break-up with Victoria Principal and remain mute on the subject matter. Gibb had no other notable romances but was linked briefly to ice skater Tai Babiloniaand Donna Rice.
His family convinced him to seek treatment for his drug addiction; after a stint at the
Betty Ford Clinicin the mid-1980s, Gibb toured small venues with a stage show of his greatest hits and covers. He also appeared in guest-starring roles on several television situation comedies...notably " Gimme A Break!" and " Punky Brewster". Gibb's performances showed him to have (seemingly) recovered from his addiction. Following an expansive and popular East Asia tour, he regularly performed shows in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. He also enjoyed a two-week engagement at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel in March 1986. It was there that the best bootleg recording of his live performances was allegedly made. Although Andy's work in his new lifestyle was well-received, he never managed to recapture the phenomenal success of his teens. In 1987, with his debts far outweighing his income, Gibb was forced to declare bankruptcy.
Determined to revive his recording career, Gibb returned to work alongside brothers Barry and Maurice. Their series of demo recordings with engineer Scott Glasel would eventually secure him a contract with the UK branch of Island Records. One of the demos, "Man On Fire", was released posthumously on a self-titled 1991 Polydor anthology. Another demo, "Arrow Through The Heart" (though unreleased to the present day), would be featured on an episode of
VH1's series " Behind the Music".
In March 1988, Andy celebrated his 30th birthday in London while working on a new album. Soon after, he entered John Radcliffe Hospital in
Oxford, complaining of chest pains. He died on 10 March 1988, just five days after his 30th birthday as a result of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle due to a recent viral infection. His brothers acknowledge that Andy's past drug and alcohol use probably made his heart more susceptible to the ailment. Just before Andy's death, it was decided by the group that Andy would join them, which would have made the group a four piece. This did not come to pass, however. The Bee Gees' following album, "One" (1989), featured a song dedicated to Andy, "Wish You Were Here".
"US chart positions follow parenthetically, if applicable"
* "Flowing Rivers", RSO, 1977 (US #19)
* "Shadow Dancing", RSO, 1978 (US #7)
* "After Dark", RSO, 1980 (US #21)
Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits", RSO, 1980 (US #49)
* "Andy Gibb", Polydor, 1991
* "Andy Gibb": Millennium, Polydor, 2001
"US and UK chart positions follow parenthetically, if applicable"
* "Words and Music / Westfield Mansions" (Australia), ATA, 1976
I Just Want to Be Your Everything, RSO, 1977 (US #1, "4 weeks") (UK #26)
(Love Is) Thicker Than Water", RSO, 1978 (US #1, "2 weeks")
* "Shadow Dancing", RSO, 1978 (US #1, "7 weeks")
* "An Everlasting Love", RSO, 1978 (US #5) (UK #10)
(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away", RSO, 1978 (US #9)
* "Desire", RSO, 1980 (US #4)
* "I Can't Help It" (Duet with
Olivia Newton-John, RSO, 1980 (US #12)
* "Time Is Time", RSO, 1980 (US #15)
* "Me (Without You)", RSO, 1981 (US #40)
All I Have To Do Is Dream" (Duet with Victoria Principal), RSO, 1981 (US #51)
* [http://thebrothersgibb.com The Brothers Gibb]
* [http://andygibb.50megs.com/ Andy Gibb Web Site]
* [http://fortheloveofthebeegees.com/ For The Love Of The Bee Gees]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1206 Andy Gibb] on
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