Bee Gees - Barry Gibb - Robin Gibb - Maurice Gibb
Gibb in Hospital
Brothers Question Hospital
|Full name: Maurice Ernest Gibb
Birthday: Dec 22, 1949
Birth place: Douglas (Isle of Man - British Isles)
Height: 1.70 m (5.7 ft)
Weight: 75 Kg (150 pounds)
Hair colour: Brown
Eyes colour: Brown
Marital status: Married to Yvonne since 1975, with two
children: Adam (born 1976) and Samantha (born 1980)
Hobbies: Photography, computers, cars, and, above all,
paintball (he had his own team - The Royal Rat Rangers- and a paintball shop - Commander Mo's Paintball Shop)
Personality: Extrovert, gregarious, easy-going, generous,
personable, kind, down to earth, optimistic, cheerful, prone to exaggerate things, great
story teller, charming, with a wonderful sense of humour.
"His voice was silenced too soon. Those who knew the band for more than their
dominion over the disco sound of the mid to late seventies, understood what a valuable
member of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb was. With his bouncing bass-lines and multi-layered
keyboard cakes of sound, he shaped the sound that gave the band one of the greatest
legacies in rock history. On Sunday, January 12, 2003, he breathed his last breath
after suffering from a cardiac arrest apparently triggered by complications of a blocked
intestine. The news came as quite a dramatic shock to the family, friends and fans of the
man and his music." (Bruce L Thiessen)
Maurice and the Bee Gees
|At the age of 6 he started a musical career with his
brothers Barry and Robin that spanned more than 45 years. Together they formed a perfect
team, with Barry and Robin providing the lyrics and Maurice the music.
of us is OK, two of us is pretty good, but three of us together is magic." (Maurice Gibb)
|"Maurice Gibb is [...] the arranging brain and
the multi-instrumentalist of the group. Although his singing is usually restricted to
singing harmonies on the choruses, in the studios his part is enormous. He plays bass,
piano, organ, mellotron, rhythm guitar and is now lead guitarist. Added to all this, his
rapport with the two other brothers Gibb is incredible too. The way he can translate the
songs they've written into the right field for recording amazes me. It's because of this
that the other two can come into a recording studio and write a song and then Maurice will
instantly arrange it for immediate recording." (Robert
||"I do less singing, of course. I only come in on
high harmonies. I'm more of the musician, playing the piano, bass, mellotron or organ on
records, which saves money on hiring musicians, for one thing. It's the same when it comes
to writing. I write the music, because I cannot really write lyrics. But I can write
chords like Robin's never heard of. So I provide the music for them to write the lyrics
to. It's the same as on stage -when we write we complement each other." (Maurice Gibb)
||"I am more or less in the middle. I've always
been between Barry and Robin. But I am always the decider. It's just been our life that I
always end up being the man in the middle. So they call me the engine. They call me all
sorts of stuff. Barry and Robin have these different types of egos sometimes they come out
and they stop. And I've got to cut myself out here. I don't want to be like them. So being
down to earth is probably more important than anything else. And they're like that.
They're just great guys. They're just guys like you and me. We sit and we chat, it's the
same thing." (Maurice Gibb)
Gees songs written only by Maurice
- Where are you (1966): It was featured on the album Spicks and specks
- Lay it on me (1970): Album - 2 years on
- Country woman (1971): B-side of How can you mend a broken heart
- It's just the way (1971): Album - Trafalgar
- Trafalgar (1971): Album - Trafalgar
- On time (1971): B-side of My world
- You know it's for you (1972): Album - To whom it may concern
- Walking on air (2001): Album - This is where I came in
|Listen to Maurice
- Where are you (album: Monday's rain)
- Lonely winter (Inception/Nostalgia)
- All By Myself (Inception/Nostalgia)
- Daytime Girl (Horizontal)
- Kitty Can (Idea)
- Suddenly (Odessa)
- Melody Fair (Odessa; not lead vocals)
- My Thing (Cucumber Castle)
- Leave me here to longer with the ladies (Sing a rude song)
- The Loner (The Loner)
- Railroad (Tales from the brothers Gibb)
- On Time (Tales from the brothers Gibb)
- Lay It On Me ( 2 Years On)
- It's Just The Way (Trafalgar)
- Trafalgar (Trafalgar)
- Country woman (Tales from the brothers Gibb)
- You Know It's For You (To Whom It May Concern)
- Elisa (Tales from the brothers Gibb)
- For The Benefit of Mr. Kite (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
- Wildflower (Living Eyes)
- Hold her in your hand (A breed apart)
- Overnight (ESP)
- House of Shame (One)
- Dimension (High Civilization)
- Omega Man (Size isn't everything)
- Above and Beyond (Size isn't everything)
- Closer Than Close (Still Waters)
- Love Never Dies (B side)
- Man In The Middle (This is where I came in)
- Walking on air (This is where I came in)
|Listen to Maurice
- First (1967): bass, guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, harpsichord.
- Horizontal (1968): bass, piano.
- Idea (1968): bass, piano, organ, mellotron.
- Odessa (1969): bass, guitar, piano.
- Cucumber castle (1969): bass, guitar, piano, mellotron.
- 2 years on (1970): bass, guitar, piano.
- Trafalgar (1971): bass, guitar, piano, organ.
- To whom it may concern (1972): bass, guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, synthesizer,
- Life in a tin can (1973): bass, guitar, keyboard, piano.
- Mr Natural (1974): bass, organ, mellotron.
- Main course (1975): bass, guitar.
- Children of the world (1976): bass.
- Saturday night fever Songs (1977): bass.
- Spirits having flown (1979): bass.
- Living eyes (1981): acoustic guitar.
- ESP (1987): guitars, bass, keyboards, synthesizer.
- One (1989): keyboards, guitar.
- High civilization (1991): keyboards, guitar.
- Size isn't everything (1993): keyboards, guitar.
- Still waters (1997): guitar, keyboards.
- This is where I came in (2001): guitar, keyboards.
Maurice... Going Solo
Apart from working with his
brothers, Maurice Gibb also made music on his own and worked with other artists, writing
songs with them, or playing, arranging and producing their songs or albums.
- 'Messing around' for Sandy Summers
- 'Hey' and 'Young man's fancy' for Bip Addison
- 'Talk to me' for Anne Shelton
- 'Don't you go, I need your love' for The Mystics
- 'He's a thief' for April Byron
- 'As fast as I can' and 'Raining teardrops' for Barrington Davies
- 'So long boy' for Jenene Watson
Back in England, when the band broke up in 1969, Maurice made a solo
album, produced other acts, and even played a role in a stage musical.
||Acting & singing
|Railroad / I've come back (1970)
THE LONER (1970)
|Billy Lawrie: 'Roll over Beethoven' / 'Come back Joanna' (1969)
Starr: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (1970)
Tin Tin: TIN TIN (1970)
|SING A RUDE SONG (1970)
- Lulu: 'Everybody clap' / 'After the feeling is gone' (1971): Maurice and his
brother in law Billy Lawrie (Lulu's brother) wrote the A-side. The single was produced by
Maurice, who also sang backing vocals.
- Bev Harrell: 'Back to the people' / 'Travelling easy' (1971): Maurice produced
the single, and co-wrote the A-side with Billy Lawrie.
- Tin Tin: ASTRAL TAXI (1972): Maurice was the executive producer.
- BLOOMFIELD / THE LONER [OST] (1972): Maurice Gibb wrote the song 'The Loner' for
- Norman Hitchcock: 'Just another minute' / 'My wagon' (1972): The single was
produced by Maurice and Billy Lawrie.
- Jimmy Stevens: PAID MY DUES (1973): The album was produced by Maurice, who
also contributed vocally and instrumentally.
- Graham Bonnet: 'Trying to say goodbye' / 'Castles in the air' (1973): Maurice
produced the single.
- Bob Sacker: THEY'VE TAKEN BACK MY NUMBER (1973): Produced by Maurice Gibb, who
also played bass.
- Steve Hodson: 'Crystal Bay' / 'San Diego Bay' (1973): Maurice Gibb and Billy
Lawrie wrote the A-side.
- Billy Lawrie: SHIP IMAGINATION (1973): The song 'Freedom' was written by Maurice
and Billy Lawrie.
- Osmonds: STEPPIN' OUT (1979): Co-produced by Maurice Gibb
- Barbra Streisand: GUILTY (1980): Maurice co-wrote the song 'Guilty'
- Dionne Warwick: HEARTBREAKER (1982): Maurice co-wrote six of the songs
- Kenny Rogers: EYES THAT SEE IN THE DARK (1983): Maurice co-wrote eight of the
- Robin Gibb: HOW OLD ARE YOU (1983): Maurice co-wrote all songs on this album with
twin brother Robin. He also played bass, guitar and keyboards, sang backing vocals and
coproduced the album
- Barry Gibb: NOW VOYAGER (1984): Maurice co-wrote six of the songs on this album.
- Robin Gibb: SECRET AGENT (1984): Maurice co-wrote all the songs. He also played
synthesizers and keyboards and sang backing vocals and co-produced the album
- Robin Gibb: WALLS HAVE EYES (1985): Maurice co-wrote all songs, contributed
vocally and musically and co-produced the album
- A BREED APART [OST] (1984): Soundtrack written by Maurice Gibb
- Carola: RUNAWAY (1986): Produced by Maurice Gibb, who also co-wrote all songs and
contributed playing some instruments.
- Lulu: INDEPENDENCE (1992): Co-produced by Barry and Maurice
Articles & Interviews:
"Inside the Bee Gees: Maurice
Parader, February 1968)
"Lulu and Maurice want five kids, but
no honeymoon!" (NME, Jan 4, 1969)
"Lulu Maurice - 3,000 turn up for
quiet wedding" (NME, February 22, 1969)
"Lulu by Maurice on first
anniversary" (NME, March 1, 1969)
"Maurice may say No to Hair role" (Disc and
Music Echo, May 31, 1969)
"Bee Gee Maurice plays up-tempo raver" (NME,
"Lulu and Maurice: Stars that are happiest at home" (Disc
& Music Echo, June 1969)
"When Aston was Maurice's only friend" (Disc
& Music Echo, July1969)
"Maurice Gibb makes debut" (NME,
April 18, 1970)
"At Home With Maurice Gibb" (TG Magazine,
Maurice comments on the Clive Anderson interview Come
home to Ellan Vannin. Follow-up. 1997)
In Conversation with Maurice Gibb
Conversation, May 2001)
"A little jive talkin' with a Bee Gee" (San
Francisco Chronicle, January 2002)
"Interview with Maurice Gibb" (Crossfire
Magazine, Jan 2002)
"Lulu and her lovers" (Daily Record,
"I remember Maurice Gibb" (The Star -
"Last records of a Bee Gee's life" (Sunday
Times, June 2003)
"Gibb memorial park to be put on ballot" (Miami
Herald, July 10, 2003)
"Late Bee Gee musician helped police bust burglary
gang" (AP, February 2, 2004)
"Bee Gee's family to settle over death" (The
Scotsman, February 15, 2004)
Maurice Gibb studio (May
"Bee Gee widow to inherit £35
Mail, October 2004)