Andy Gibb

Singer, TV host, Actor
Both blessed and cursed as "the baby Bee Gee," Andy Gibb scored minor success as an Australian act before achieving global superstardom with 1977's Flowing Rivers, which included the No. 1 hits, "I Just Want to ... Read more »
Born: 03/05/1958 in Manchester, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (13)

The Music of Your Life 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Grandpa, Will You Run With Me? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Christmas Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Olivia Newton-John's Hollywood Nights 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 100th Birthday Party 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Olivia 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Osmond Brothers Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Olivia (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (1)

The Bee Gees -- One Night Only 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song

Biography

Both blessed and cursed as "the baby Bee Gee," Andy Gibb scored minor success as an Australian act before achieving global superstardom with 1977's Flowing Rivers, which included the No. 1 hits, "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and "(Love is) Thicker Than Water." One of the biggest teen heartthrobs of the late-1970s, Gibb followed up with 1978's Shadow Dancing, whose title track also went to No 1. Nominated for two Grammys, Gibb earned additional Top Ten hits with "An Everlasting Love" and "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away." By the dawn of the new decade, the disappointing After Dark (1980) and Gibb's increasing cocaine addiction ended his chart dominance, and he began a downward spiral that destroyed his much publicized romance with actress Victoria Principal as well as his co-hosting job on "Solid Gold" (syndicated, 1980-88). Although he began touring again after a stint in the Betty Ford Clinic and landed a European record contract, he died five days after his 30th birthday on March 10, 1988 of myocarditis, caused by a recent viral infection and longtime drug-related damage. Immensely charismatic but never quite able to escape the huge professional shadow cast by his famous brothers, Gibb radiated a vulnerable charm that made his young death that more tragic. Although his chart reign proved all too brief, Andy Gibb achieved pop cultural immortality not just in the hearts of a certain generation who grew up idolizing him, but with a string of gorgeously evergreen singles.

Relationships

Susan George Actor

Companion
Dated in the late 1970s

Maurice Gibb Song

Brother
Born Dec. 22, 1949; fraternal twin of Robin Gibb Died Jan. 12, 2003

Barry Gibb Song

Brother
Born Sept. 1, 1946

Hugh Gibb

Father
Died March 5, 1991 on his late son Andy Gibb's birthday; buried close to Andy

Lesley Gibb

Sister
Born Jan. 12, 1945

Robin Gibb Song

Brother
Born Dec. 22, 1949; fraternal twin of Maurice Gibb Died May 20, 2012

Barbara Gibb Actor

Mother
Born in Manchester, England; lived in Australia from 1958-67; moved to the U.S. in 1978

Peta Gibb

Daughter
Born Jan. 25, 1978; mother, Kim Reeder

Victoria Principal Actor

Companion
Met in 1981 on the set of "The John Davidson Show" Couple split in March 1982

Kim Reeder

Wife
Married July 11, 1976 Divorced Jan. 15, 1978

EDUCATION

dropped out of school aged 13

Milestones

1997

Featured on VH1 documentary special "Behind the Music"

1991

Greatest Hits Collection posthumously released by Polydor Records

1989

The Bee Gees' album One featured "Wish You Were Here," a track dedicated to Gibb

1985

Guest starred on NBC's "Punky Brewster"

1982

Pursued musical theater with appearances on Broadway production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "The Pirates of Penzance" in Los Angeles

1981

Recorded duet with then-girlfriend Victoria Principal, a cover of the Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream"; singled peaked at No. 51

1980

Co-hosted the syndicated music and variety program "Solid Gold"

1980

Released last studio album After Dark; Gibb dropped by RSO Records shortly after

1980

Released compilation album Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits; featured previously released hits and three new tracks

1979

Appeared on the televised special "The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song" (NBC) along with the Bee Gees, Olivia-Newton John, and Rod Stewart, among others

1978

Third No. 1 single, title track from the album Shadow Dancing; co-written with three brothers; became first solo artist in the history of the U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles land at No. 1

1977

Second No. 1 single, "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"

1977

Released debut album Flowing Rivers; charted first of three consecutive No. 1 hits with the single "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," co-written with brother Barry

1976

The Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood signed Gibb to his label RSO Records

1976

Landed in Australia's Top 20 with his first single "Words and Music"

1974

Returned to Australia at the urging of his brother Barry

1967

Returned to the U.K. with his family while his brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice (collectively known as the Bee Gees) pursued international fame

1958

Moved with family to Australia at 6 months old

As a young teen, began playing at tourist clubs around Spain's coastal island of Ibiza

Bonus Trivia

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Gibb was closest to his oldest brother Barry than any other family member. It was his older brother who mentored him and collaborated on several of his songs, from writing to singing backup vocals.

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In the early 80s, Gibb was reportedly fired from hosting the syndicated program "Solid Gold" and the Broadway production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" because of frequent absenteeism due to his cocaine addiction.

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The singer declared bankruptcy in 1987.

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On the morning of March 10, 1988, Gibb entered John Radcliffe Hospital near Oxford, England (where he was working on a new album), complaining of chest pains. He died that same day, less than a week past his 30th birthday.

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The epitaph on Gibb's tombstone read: "An Everlasting Love."

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Gibb was ranked No. 82 on VH1's list of "100 Sexiest Artists."

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