(David Hughes, Disc & Music Echo, June 28, 1969)

Transcript by Anne Marie

As the lone Bee Gee Robin sets out on the rocky road to solo fame or oblivion, now completely estranged from his two brothers – his family even – he can seek consolation in these four words

“I still love you”

These words come not from wife Molly, but from twin Maurice, now celebrating his fourth month of wedded bliss with Mrs Lulu Gibb, and rapidly becoming eligible for the title of happiest man in the country.

To see Maurice and Lulu together is complete joy in itself. If you ever had any doubts about that wedding you only have to see them, and if you know what it’s like to be in love, you’ll know they are!

I spent nearly three hours last week sharing their happiness, admiring the roses in their cheeks, delighting in the care with which they look after their temporary Kinnerton Street house, and getting very tearful at the umpteenth reshowing of Maurice’s treasured video tape film of the Gerrards Cross wedding.

Why did they get married?

“Because we are in love” they say immediately.

“After all it wasn’t a rush job” adds Lu. “We’d known each other for two years before we got married.”

Their courtship began quietly and secretly, and it was not really until Lulu went to America last year and went out with Davy Jones that the whole thing came out into the open.

“Maurice got very jealous of Davy, and broke the whole thing off. I didn’t want that and was very upset. Then I tried to get all cool and wanted to persuade him that there was no need for this childishness, and couldn’t we just be good friends, with no strings attached?

“To begin with he said ‘no’ and told me to stop bothering him. Anyway, who was I kidding? I didn’t want us to be good friends.

“But I got him back! I persuaded Joanne and Collin Petersen to take me to the studio where Maurice was recording … and we only had to look each other in the eyes to know we were in love.”

Lulu is a bubbling personality at the worst of times, but get her on the subject of Maurice, love and marriage and there’s no stopping her.

Lu remembered precisely the first time they met – in the “Top Of The Pops” canteen when the Bee Gees were singing “New York Mining Disaster” and she “The Boat That I Row”

“I thought they were all rather flash then,” says Lu.

“And I thought what do I say to this big pop star?” says Maurice.

She also remembered the universal problem of trying to meet him again without making it appear obvious.

“I knew Robert (Stigwood) and he offered to take me to see the Pink Floyd at the Saville Theatre, because he said Maurice would be there too. He was … with another girl! So I tried to be all tactful and asked him the name of his girlfriend “She’s not my girlfriend and her name’s …” he replied, so I breathed again!”

Mr and Mrs Gibb are both real home loving people – a strange phenomenon in the glittering world of pop, where at the flick of a finger you could have everything done for you.

“Much of our time together before we were married we used to spend buying things for Maurice’s flat” says Lu. “And I always kissed him goodnight on the doorstep!

“I don’t disagree with people living together when they’re not married, but marriage is better!”

Marriage for Maurice and Lulu is better because for the first time in their hectic public lives they feel secure; they each know they have the other to come home to. When Lulu is away her brother Billy comes round and keeps Maurice company.

Lulu cannot understand how Maurice can think she looks beautiful first thing in the morning with no make-up. Maurice cannot understand how Lulu can be so hectically organised so early in the morning!

“But we’ve got to live with each other’s faults – and we’re going to.

“We’ve been told the first year of marriage is the worst. If that’s so, we just can’t wait for next year! I mean, how could we possibly be happier than this?”

They can, and will of course. They’re shortly moving into their own house in the country, with a garden. They’re already talking about what they want their children to look like, how many they want, and as we watched a tearful Lulu walk down the aisle they looked at each other and said “What will the children think of this?”

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