TRIBUTES TO MAURICE GIBB
|Robin and Barry Gibb|
|Allen Kovac (manager)|
|"All of us at Kovac Media Group are deeply
saddened by Maurice's passing", manager Allen Kovac said in a statement. "Our
thoughts are with Maurice's family and his many friends and fans who loved him. He was a
truly talented artist and a wonderful man full of wit and passion for life. We know that
our sorrow is shared by those he touched in the music industry and by millions of music
fans across the world."
Kovac has asked that in place of flowers, donations be sent in Maurice's name to the Andy Gibb Memorial Foundation, c/o Dade Community Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Blvd. Suite 505, Miami, Florida 33131-2343, or to the charity of the sender's choice.
|John Merchant (Bee Gees recording engineer)|
|"There were no clues that this was going on, it's devastating."|
|Peter Graves and Neal Bonsanti (Musicians who have collaborated with Maurice and his brothers)|
|Peter Graves and Neal Bonsanti have played in the Bee Gees' horn section in concerts and on several albums. Graves plays trombone, Bonsanti the saxophone. "You were part of their family when you worked with them, that's just the way it was," said Graves, who added that he had seen Maurice just a few weeks ago. "He came prancing in, in the middle of our demo session," Graves said, "and was typical Maurice, you know, just brought smiles to everybody's face ... just a magic moment." Asked what he would miss most about Maurice, Bonsanti said, "I think his sense of humor ... I think that's what I remember most about him. He had a great sense of humor and he was very personable."|
|Dennis Hetzendorfer (recording engineer who has worked with Maurice and his brothers)|
|"Maurice was extremely talented. People don't realize, of the three, he had the second harmony which is the hardest note to tune. Whenever I'd listen to the note he'd sing in the studio I'd ask him if he'd find that note and he would just smile, 'I'm the blender,' he'd say. He was a big kid at heart and his importance to the group is unexplainable. I've recorded the three of them individually and together and... nothing sounds like the three of them together. It's a sound that can't be taught and you can't duplicate. This was three brothers singing together their whole life."|
|Graham Bonnet (Singer)|
|"I've known Maurice since I was about nineteen years old. I've known Maurice a long time. He was one of my best friends. He lived around the corner from me in London. He was married at the time to Lulu, who sang 'To Sir, With Love' So I'd see him often. We'd hang out together. Our birthdays are very close together, and we'd always spend our birthdays at some club or another and celebrate. It broke my heart to hear about that. It was terrible. It still is terrible. I think they're gonna have a little memorial thing for him this summer. I hope to go along and just say something or sing something. I don't know. When that happened, I couldn't believe it."|
|Blue Weaver (Former Bee Gees' drummer)|
|"Maurice was a gentle, generous joker. He was a wonderful person full of life." Paying tribute to his musical talent, he added: "He was the key vocalist. He made the Bee Gees sound. Maurice was the multi-instrumentalist for the band. He added so much to that sound."|
|David Leaf (Bee Gees biographer)|
|"At a time like this, here is nothing one
can say that wil help. Nothing that one can write that will ease the terrible hurt. The
Gibb family's loss is being felt my millions of people over the world, but I know that
doesn't even begin to assuage their pain. There is an empty place in the universe, a sense
that the Brothers Gibb, have been suddenly, prematurely and unnnecessarily torn asunder.
In addition to the work I've done with the Bee Gees, ... in addition to the great fortune I've had in getting to know them as little bit as people... I've also worked closely with another artist whose group whas buit around the harmony of three brothers.
Only last week my wife and I were having dinner with Brian Wilson. When we asked him to choose dinner music, he asked for the Bee Gees . While one of the Cds played, I asked him where he ranked the group in his personal top ten. Very softly but definitively, he said "Number One." We said, "Ahead of the Beatles? He said, "Yes." We said, "Ahead of the Beach Boys?" Again he said, "Yes."
Because of he work I've done with the Bee Gees through the years, I've received a few phone calls asking me for a quote or to write something. In those interviews, the one thing that I've been emphasizing is that Maurice shouldn't be overlooked, that there were major contributions he made to the records and the live performances that will be sorely missed. First of all, whether it was on-stage or on television or in an interview situation, Barry is often the frontman and spokesperson ... Robin is a magical presence on stage, the fans eagerly anticipating his next vocal... but Maurice always gave the audience... even if it was just one reporter... a great show.
As you know, the brothers came from a showbusiness, more than a rock'n'roll, tradition, a philosophy in which you always gave the audience your best, and that was taught to them by their father. When they first started performing, they were, in essence miniature Mills Brothers and I think Maurice best personified that ethic.
From what I saw, while he was a down to earth guy, he always had a real presence about him. He was really great with fans, signing autographs, talking to them. He always had time for people. He was an extremely kind person, very outgoing. To use a colloquiallism, he was a "great mate." Maurice had a wonderful sense of humor, He could have fit in with the Goons or Monty Phyton... The brothers had so much fun together. Writing, recording, rehearsing, touring... they'd really laugh a lot. Sadly, Maurice's laughter will never be heard again at Middle Ear.
For those of us, like me, who were lucky enough to spend time with him, both alone and when the brothers were together, I can only remember that constant laughter. I know that someday, Barry and Robin too will be able to smile again at the thought of all the great times hey shared. The brothers taught us a how can you mend a broken heart. This is different, and as with Andy, while their hearts will mend, the heartbreak will never go away.
In terms of record making , Maurice was a key member of the band. I hink it's fair to say that he was the techno whiz of the Bee Gees. He was the guy who always got the latest piece of gear first; in the early 1970s, he was probably the one playing with the synthesizers. And that love of gadgets and electronics never waned. Whatever the latest thing that came along, Maurice got it and figured out how it could help make the records better. I think his embracing technology was one big reason why Bee Gees records always sounded contemporary. When it came to the instrumental sound, the rhythms, the beats, I think Maurice played a major role in all of that, had a big hand in the sound of Bee Gees records.
And, as you know, on records like the autobiographical 'Man in The Middle,' Maurice had a realy distinctive lead vocal sound. You get the sense listening to him of a unique artist who had musical interests that might not be defined as typically Bee Gees.
Permit me one personal favorite moment...I few years ago, I was n Las Vegas, assigned by a television magazine show to cover the 'One Night Only' concert, get some behind-the scenes footage of the guys, and interviews with people like Celine Dion. A friend of mine.. the guy with whom I produced 'This Is Where I Came In... was there with me that day. He'd volunteered to work as my production assistant, just for the opportunity to hear and see the Bee Gees. He, like all of us, is a big fan. That day, we entered the MGM Grand Arena from the rear (I can hear Maurice cracking a joke right about now), and walked towards the stage. The brothers were in mid-rehearsal mode. Looking up Maurice spotted me and turned to his brothers and said, "There is David Leaf." And then proceeded to play a symphonic fanfare on his keyboard rig. What a welcome that was. Typical Mo... always glad to see you, always generous, with his time and attention. In my career, I've been privileged to meet quite a few of my heroes. I can assure that there was nobody sweeter than Maurice Gibb.
On Sunday as I watched the repeat of Larry King Show, I couldn't help but shed a tear... for the brothers and their families,... of course for Yvonne and their children, for their mother, for their devoted friend Dick Ashby, and for all the Gibbs who lost a loved one.
But we have lost a treasure too. There are few people who can always make us smile, and Maurice could do it just by walking into a room. He was a funny man, even though, like Barry and Robin, he was quite serious about Bee Gees music. It's self-evident hat Maurice was an integral part of the Bee Gees trademark three-part harmony. While we have an enormous body of Bee Gees music... both from the studio and in concert... to listen to, sadly, we´ll never hear that magical blend again. Nor see the three brothers acting like modern day Marx Brothers. What a loss.
And with those thoughts, I shed another tear. No doubt, Barry and Robin will make great music together sometime in the future. No doubt, it will sound like Bee Gees music. But, no doubt, no matter how great the records are, we will always feel the void that has been left by Maurice's passing. His physical presence is gone, but he has left us so much of his spirit that we will never really be without him.
There is little one can say to comfort anybody when a brother is taken so unexpectedly. I can only offer the thoughts and prayers of brothers everywhere who dread the moment when that special bond is permanently broken. And of music lovers around the world... Sunday was a very sad day for harmony. ...And words are all I have... and, unfortunately, right now they feel almost completely inadequate. Be certain that I join all of you in saying a prayer... and pledging to keep Maurice's memory alive, bright and shining. All who were touched by him feel his loss deeply.
We love you, Mo. God bless you.
|Rick Sky (music writer)|
|"Maurice was a very lovely man. He was charming and very funny and he will be really badly missed by everyone in the music business.He was the most musically gifted of the Bee Gees. They all wrote their music together but he was the most talented."|
|Bill Goode and Bill Gates (The first to discover the brothers Gibb's talent for music) [The Courier Mail and ABC - Australia]|
|"I could see the talent straight away,"
said Bill Goode (owner of the raceway where the Gibbs started their singing in Australia),
despite the fact Barry was just 12 and twins Maurice and Robin were nine. "The boys
played a bass fiddle made out of an old tea chest and a guitar fashioned from a wooden
fruitcase and some lengths of fishing line.The band's 'drum kit' was a couple of old oil
Despite the home-made instruments, Mr Goode was immediately impressed and enlisted Radio 4BH disc jockey Bill Gates and 4BH sales consultant John Proctor to the cause. Together, the businessmen signed the young band up to their first contract and set about recording and promoting them. "They were little bastards," Mr Goode laughed, recalling their antics in the recording studios.
Mr Gates also described the Gibb brothers fondly as "little bastards with unique harmonies. You could tell them to sing the death notices in the paper and it would come out sounding beautiful," he said. Mr Gates said he would always remember Maurice and Robin when they were youngsters as "irrepressible characters. "They were always up to something. They were uncontrollable in the studio, playing soccer with waste paper bins they just wanted to have fun," he said.
Mr Gates said he last met Maurice while visiting Barry's home during a holiday to Miami two years ago."They have their own recording studio just a few metres from where they live in Miami and they work there consistently, they are workaholics, but as far as their live appearances are concerned, I don't see how that can possibly continue," he said. His sudden death heralded the end of an era in the music world. "It's a very sad day," Mr Gates said."These guys were the great survivors of the music industry."
|Louis Walsh (Lulu's manager)|
|"There was so much more to the Bee Gees than just Saturday Night Fever. People don't realise they wrote songs for the likes of Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand. To me Maurice Gibb was a more important songwriter than Burt Bacharach or Hal David, As songwriters, they are up there with the Beatles."|
|David English (friend, Bee Gees author and RSO record company President in the 70s)|
|"Maurice Gibb was not only one of my closest friends, over 30
years he became like a brother to me. I last saw him at the wedding of Barry Gibb's two
sons on Miami Beach before Christmas. He was in great spirits, larking around, having fun
and enjoying life. He was slim and tanned and looked great which makes the details of his
death even harder to take in.
I've been in constant touch with his family since he was taken into hospital and I've been shocked to learn just how ill Maurice was. The family are drained at the finality and suddenness of it all. Barry and Robin's mother, Barbara, is with them. The hospital is down the road from their homes and is where their children were born. Now they're at Barry's house trying to come to terms with it all.
Barry was asleep when I called yesterday. His wife Linda said he was devastated. He can't believe it has happened. I will always remember Maurice, or Mo as I called him, for his sense of humour and his ability to mimic other people's voices. He was zany, like Ringo was with the Beatles, witty and a bit of a court jester. One of my favourite memories is driving over Sunny Isles Bridge in Miami in 1975 with the Bee Gees after spending a day in the recording studio. They heard the rhythm of the wheels on the road, looked at each other and realised it was a great groove. We drove back to the studio and came up with Jive Talking, just like that.
When they were in the studio, they were like three pieces of a jigsaw because they fitted together so well. You would have Barry and Robin coming up with the words and Maurice with his keyboard or guitar developing a melody as the man in the middle.
After Saturday Night Fever came out, I remember walking around Times Square in New York with Maurice. We saw a neon board which showed five of their singles in the Top 10. He smiled and said: "Not bad, eh?" Talk about understatement.
One of the funniest times we had was in the 70s at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris. I was looking over the balcony of our room and for some reason decided to circle along a ledge. One by one, Barry, Maurice and Robin followed. When we came to the next suite, we looked in and saw a couple making love. The woman looked up and, with an expression of total disbelief, saw a madman followed by three Bee Gees inch past, 100ft above Paris. We saw her the next day on the plane back to London. Maurice told her how nice it was to see her with her clothes on.
I last spoke to him on the phone two weeks ago. He was fine and talking about how he had just been paintballing. The fact that he was so active makes his death all the harder to come to terms with. My thoughts are with his family. His wife, Yvonne, is devastated. It must also be very hard on his children, Samantha and Adam, who were working on an album with him just before he died. The Bee Gees drew their strength from being a family. I'm sure they will use that strength to get them through the days ahead. But things will never be the same again."
|"The Bee Gees will be remembered as musical legends - and much of that will be thanks to Maurice."|
|Robert Stigwood (Former manager)|
|"It is devastating sad news, the loss of
Maurice... He has been my friend for over 30 years and the joy of his friendship as person
not only his music, is a terrible loss. He was always bright, funnny with a wonderful
sense of humour.
My heart goes out to his family, Yvonne, Samantha and Adam, and of course, Barry and Robin and their mother Barbara. The most important thing I can do at the moment is to give the family all my support."
|Samii Taylor (Bee Gees former assistant recording engineer)|
|"Mo was the one who would come out in the street and meet you. He knew what the risks were. They were getting threats on their lives. But he genuinely loved people. He loved to laugh. Despite his problems, he'd get back on the horse and keep going because he loved life, he wanted to live.'"|
|Ken McIntyre (The Washington Post)|
|"Maurice Gibb was the overlooked Bee Gee. He
took a back seat in the Brothers Gibb partnership during the trio's five decades of
performing, writing songs and making records. Older brother Barry long has been the leader
and creative force of the Bee Gees, the babe magnet whose voice soared from a growl to a
stratospheric falsetto on songs like 'Nights on Broadway.' Fraternal twin Robin was the
'poetic' one with the overbite, whose bombastic vibrato defined the brothers' early sound
(think 'I Started a Joke') in the mid-'60s. Maurice, although more gregarious than his
twin, rarely was featured as a lead vocalist, and certainly not on the huge hits. He
seemed content to check his ego at the door of the recording studio or concert hall. He
characteristically took the bottom of the trademark three-part harmony, and you would miss
him if he weren't there.
Perhaps only a brother could play Maurice Gibbs' supporting role in the partnership that sold more records than anyone short of Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and the solo Paul McCartney. The juice came from Barry and, to a lesser extent, Robin, but the three purposefully collaborated, from initial lyrics and harmonies to final melodies and key changes.
Maurice, who played guitar, bass and keyboards, shares the writing credit on most of the hits, from 'Words' and 'Lonely Days' to 'You Should Be Dancing' and 'Jive Talkin' to 'How Deep Is Your Love' and 'Stayin Alive.' The brothers' catalog includes many lesser-known gems for which he was the chief writer, from 1970's soulful 'Lay It on Me' to 2001's knowingly autobiographical rocker 'Man in the Middle.'
Somehow, Maurice seemed at peace with the unjust Bee Gees backlash that continues 25 years after the lush orchestral popsters from Manchester, England (by way of Australia) invigorated '70s pop with an unlikely transition to blue-eyed soul balladry and an R&B dance sound, later dismissed as mere 'disco.' Perhaps it was because he knew that a stream of often achingly beautiful but callously ignored albums (ESP, Size Isn't Everything, Still Waters, This Is Where I Came In) provided evidence enough that the brothers were songwriters and singers for the ages.
The role of peacemaker mediating the demands of sibling egos suited Maurice. Fans sensed that he was the glue that kept Barry and Robin together. He had stuck with Barry when Robin hotly departed in 1969 following a dust-up over whose voice should be featured on a new single and likely was instrumental when the brothers reconciled 18 months later. "I call it lack of maturity," Maurice diplomatically told writer-producer David Leaf, looking back on the split 30 years later for a documentary on the Bee Gees that aired on A&E's 'Biography' series.
Maurice's humble dedication to his brothers doubtless had something to do with how all three managed to stay at their craft, mounting fresh comebacks and artistic triumphs despite setbacks and humiliations that would have embittered less resilient souls.
Mr. Leaf asserts that although the other two brothers were more prominent, Maurice proved to be the always-on showman as well as the 'techno-whiz.' "When it came to the rhythms, the beats, he had a big hand in the instrumental sound," Mr. Leaf wrote in a tribute on the official Bee Gees Web site. "His embracing of technology was one big reason why the records always sound contemporary."
"We're mad perfectionists, actually," Maurice told Mr. Leaf back in 1978 for an authorized biography, describing the brothers' recording routine at the height of their popularity. "That's our biggest problem.Naturally we take a longer time on the vocals because they're the most important thing. People aren't going to sit back and listen for lead guitars in the background. They'll be listening to the vocals all the time."
The remark was pure Maurice Gibb, thinking most about pleasing his audience."
|Terrence O'Neil-Joyce (from NZ Recording Indust Assn)|
|New Zealand Recording Industry Association Head, Terrence O'Neil-Joyce spent time with the group when it toured in the 1980s. He says although the three brothers had their problems, they were still fantastic song writers and great guys. Mr O'Neil-Joyce says he was awestruck by the band when they toured.|
|Arif Mardin (former Bee Gees producer)|
|"The brothers wrote songs equally," said New York-based producer Arif Mardin, who helped shepherd the group's move into disco during the mid-'70s. Mardin, known for his work with Aretha Franklin and Isaac Hayes, produced the Bee Gees breakthrough 1975 album, 'Main Course,' featuring the hit 'Jive Talkin'.' "Their contributions were one third, one third, one third," said Mardin. "The three brothers' contributions to pop music and to happiness all around the world is immeasurable."|
|Robert Bartlett (sub-editor of The Straits Times and former guitarist)|
|"The unique contribution made by the voice of Maurice Gibb to rock's pantheon has been stilled and this time, it's a rock 'n' roll death with a difference"|
|The Paintball World (Force Of Nature)|
|"Fans of the Millenium Series of Europe and major US tournament
circuits will remember him as one of the most outstanding ambassadors the sport of
paintball can claim as its own. Gibb, captain of the Royal Rat Rangers, led his team in
competition at several events, nationwide - constantly keeping them on the up and coming
roster of teams to look for. As recently as World Cup 2002 the Royal Angels , a new all
girls team, was formed as an extention of the Royal paintball family captains by Maurice.
Maurice will be greatly missed by the members of the paintball community and Force of
Nature.com would like to extend our sympathies to his family and friends."
Ronan: "Maurice Gibb was one of the nicest people I have ever met. His passing goes far beyond the paintball world. The entire world has lost a truly beautiful person. He will be missed by all those that had the pleasure and honor of meeting him. I send my deepest sympathy to the famliy and friends he leaves behind."
Saso: "Mo Will be missed. As I speak for All the teams that used to and still practice at Ruff n Tuff (Panic, Rage, Blaze) we will miss him greatly. I , an ex- Panic player , Had the honor of meeting him many times. Very down to earth. Not cocky. Extremely nice. God bless His Soul. RIP Mo."
Chris Mooring: "I had the honor of meeting Maurice at Atlantic City during the second day of Ten man competition when the great rain God had the games delayed. There he stood in a yellow rain slicker there in front of the FON table talking with us and cutting up about the rain like we were all a bunch of kids. I can tell you this he never came across like a man who had alot of money and wanted eveyone to know it. Instead he did just the opposite. He never once tried to impress people by who he was but he would stop in a minute to talk about the sport he loved, Paintball. Maurice Gibb was not a pro player but I can tell you this our sport lost a great Icon and he will be greatly missed. God bless and rest in peace my friend."
|Denis Tetenes and Jimmy's Diner (Miami Herald)|
|Now, Jimmy's Diner is not the sort of spot
where one would expect to bump into a star - VIP ropes out front would look ridiculously
out of place at this neighborhood eatery. But this is where Maurice Gibb came on Sundays
for breakfast - coffee, bacon, eggs, grilled tomatoes and ''lots of butter,'' a waitress
said - a pre-game meal with his paintball pals.
Denis Tetenes and his staff at the diner erected a makeshift memorial to Maurice Gibb on Sunday. Tetenes cordoned off the back table Gibb used, placing an arrangement of flowers, an autographed Bee Gees picture, a lit candle and a coffee cup. The table is set for dining as it was the last time the star sat there.
"He deserves more than that, but sometimes you don't know what to do,'' Tetenes said sadly. "He was part of the restaurant. Part of the staff. Part of my heart. We feel very bad. We did a small memorial but it's nowhere near enough."
Maurice Gibb would have been delighted.
|David Most (collaborator for 16 years and friend)|
|"It's a shock, because we thought he was
getting better. He did twiddle his toes, he held his daughter's hand, and squeezed it, his
organs were all functioning, we thought, 'it's the turning point', and then suddenly he
went into a coma. It's terrible, absolutely terrible."
The Bee Gees were "absolutely brilliant writers", he said. "We've lost a treasured member of the writing family of the world."
|Simon Warner (pop critic and lecturer in the BA in popular music at Leeds University)|
|"The death of Maurice Gibb leaves a gaping hole in a British
group who never attained a fashionable credibility but rose above the fickle tastes of
fans and the media to carve a career over 40 years. There are certainly arguments for
suggesting only the Rolling Stones challenge the longevity of the Bee Gees in terms of
successful acts with UK links. In terms of sales, the brothers Gibb exceed the
achievements of Jagger and co. In fact, although the Bee Gees long left these shores to
make a permanent home in Florida, it is not going too far to suggest that they are one of
the few home-grown examples who have achieved American superstardom.
"If figures such as Sinatra, Streisand and Minnelli have become the gods of this Olympus, the Bee Gees have a reputation as performers and songwriters that undoubtedly places them in the upper firmament of US showbusiness.
"While the senior Barry became the handsome face of the Bee Gees from the mid-1960s, the younger twins Robin and Maurice provided perfect vocal foils. Maurice's upper register harmonies became a distinctive feature of the band's sound.
"More than that, the brothers all wrote and over the next few decades an impressive body of self-composed work was produced, much of it featuring in the UK and US top tens.
"When the outstanding You Win Again hit the top of the British charts in 1987 it was a reminder that the band, now domiciled on the other side of the Atlantic, had not gone away, and the 1990s saw them pay several visits to the top five. It is not without irony that as Maurice reaches the end of his personal odyssey, the Gibb brothers still have a top five hit - Sacred Trust by One True Voice, the manufactured boy band who emerged from ITV's PopStars - The Rivals.
"Can the Bee Gees continue? The answer is both yes and no. The vocal sound that was instantly recognisable dies with Maurice as the singing style owed everything to the three-voice alchemy. But it seems improbable that Barry and Robin will not maintain their singing and recording careers in due course. The family has survived terrible tragedy before - the death of younger brother Andy in 1988 was a shattering blow but one of the group rose above. Perhaps, given time, they will rise again but not, sadly, on the wings of Maurice's high-flying notes."
|Stephen Dowling (News Online)|
|"To many, it was as if the Bee Gees had five careers, not one - harmony group, 60s singer songwriters, disco kings, the overlords of teen pop and bona-fide pop aristocracy. In their 42 years making music they have released 28 albums, selling more than 110 million copies. That makes them one of the five biggest groups in pop history. Those figures do not show the chameleon qualities that kept them as hit makers when many of their contemporaries fell on hard times. The most successful brothers act in the history of pop. It was Maurice who provided them with the highest harmonies, and he was also an accomplished bassist, guitarist and keyboards player. In a career spanning five decades, their effect on pop has still not diminished."|
|Howard Cohen (The Miami Herald)|
|The music industry, and South Florida in
particular, lost a hell of a lot when Bee Gee Maurice Gibb died Sunday after emergency
surgery for a blocked intestine. Gibb will be memorialized for his many contributions to
popular music. That's what he did for a living for more than 40 years as songwriter,
bassist, keyboardist and vocalist with the Bee Gees. Songs such as Stayin' Alive, Tragedy,
Words, You Win Again and Lonely Days, all of which Gibb had a hand in
writing and performing, are the soundtracks to the lives of countless people.
The Bee Gees' accomplishments during Gibb's tenure are almost without peer: an unprecedented six consecutive No. 1 singles from 1977's How Deep Is Your Love through 1979's Love You Inside Out. More than 110 million records sold worldwide.With more than 500 cover versions in existence, artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Janis Joplin and Celine Dion to Destiny's Child have recorded one or more of their songs.
But, outside the spotlight and industry accolades, Gibb was also one of the most upbeat, accessible stars South Florida has known -- and that might be his greatest legacy. He was a gracious human being in the highest echelons of the music business. These traits are often mutually exclusive.
When Gibb read a story in The Herald over the recent holidays about a quadriplegic Hialeah man whose wish was for a computer to help in his recovery process, Gibb called the paper with an offer to buy the man a computer.
"It's Christmas, mate," Gibb said
|Paul Gambaccini (Music industry commentator and DJ)|
|"Maurice was an integral part of the No. 5 best-selling act of all time. It's a major loss to music. He was one third of that unique vocal blend, so close it could only have come from brothers. Maurice was the talented multi-instrumentalist. I mean here's a guy who played keyboards, guitar, bass and percussion, so he was more on the musical side of the writing. On the vocal side, he was the high part of the three-part harmony ... therefore you can't take him away from the other two. I'm afraid that this beautiful Bee Gee sound without him can never be produced again," he told BBC.|
|Ian 'Molly' Meldrun (Australian Music guru)|
|Music guru Molly Meldrum paid tribute to Maurice,
twin brother Robin and older brother Barry, saying there was no doubt that the Bee Gees
were one of the world's biggest acts in the 1970s. "From a musical point of view
these guys were and are huge, so it is a blow. And from a personal view as well, because
they are all family friends, this is like affecting a part of my family. When these things
happen, they just throw you for a six."
Meldrum said the Gibb brothers managed to become one of the biggest bands in the world but remained the same likeable boys they were when they started their careers in Brisbane in the 1960s. "They were one of the major bands in the world with major, major hits. They had a lull and then Saturday Night Fever happened - they were alive again and have been ever since," he said. "And they never forgot how they were brought up in Australia and that is a credit to all of them." But Meldrum said Maurice's death may mark the end of the band: "I don't think the Bee Gees would go on without Maurice." He added: "Maurice was the wit. He was again like John Lennon was to the Beatles. He could fire you with the one liners, and it would just break you up and the family as well."
|Elton John (singer)|
|Elton John is in shock over the death of fellow British hitmaker
Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees. "He was a really sweet and talented performer, a nice
What a sad way for his family to start the New Year."
John commented backstage Monday (January 13) at the American Music Awards: "It's a tragedy and a huge shock, and someone who I've known for a long time, the Bee Gees, and someone who's been 12 years sober, like me. For someone to go that quickly, I was really, really upset and sad."
|Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)|
|"Maurice Gibb was one of my favorite Bee
Gee's because his voice was so impressive. It made me happy and feel really good to hear
him sing. His voice had a joy that touch one's soul. On a personal level, I loved his
sense of humor, and his spirit. He was a real friend to me.
"I remember when I inducted the Bee Gees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I sang [their song] Too Much Heaven. I was blown away by the experience only to find out later that Maurice was feeling the same sentiments. I will truly miss him. At a time like this, all my love and prayers go to his family and, of course, his brothers."
|Shania Twain (singer)|
|"We all grew up listening to their music, so it's a pretty sad time."|
|Bryan May (Queen)|
|"Very sad to hear of the passing of Maurice
Gibb. It's so shocking to realise he was only 53. Deepest sympathies to his family and to
his brothers. It must of course be a devastating blow for them.
Of course I was, and am a huge fan of the Bee Gees creations in music. Undoubtedly at the pinnacle of song-writing considered over the last - 30 years, is it?! My fondest recollections are not of the 'Saturday Night Fever' days, which were really a re-birth in the Bee Gees popularity, but the early ground-breaking songs - 'New York Mining Disaster', 'Massachusetts,' 'To Love Somebody,' 'Words,' 'World' and 'I Started a Joke' were all great favourites of mine - I remember singing these with my pal Tim Staffell and Freddie in the REAL old days!!!... Their performances on record as well as the writing were always immaculate - and of course their vocal harmonies are a text-book for anyone wishing to study vocal arrangements in Pop Music. Strangely enough, though, one of my moments of 'Gasp!' was when I first heard a much later work, 'You Win Again'. To me it's a modern masterpiece of production - devastating simplicity executed with devastating subtlety. What a wonderful wall of sound, yet what sensitivity!
Maurice was by far the most friendly and forthcoming - very modest and down-to-earth. The World will miss him, but forever enjoy his work".
|"The Bee Gees became part of pop history by having hit singles in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and this decade - one of the very few acts to do so."|
|Col Joye (Australian rocker)|
|The rise of the Bee Gees might not have been as
steep if Barry had not fronted up to a Joye concert in Surfers Paradise in 1962. Joye was
one the biggest stars of Australia's fledgling rock scene and after meeting and listening
to the brothers he brought them to Sydney and introduced them to Festival Records.
Joye became lifelong friends with the family and was devastated yesterday by the news of Maurice's unexpected death. "We are all quite distraught this was completely out of the blue," he said. "It's a loss to the world, the Bee Gees were quite unique musically, as performers, as song-writers." Maurice was "a good arranger, a good musician, a good person." The loss will be felt keenly in Australia because "they started off here, they did their apprenticeship here".
|Kevin Jacobsen (Concert promoter)|
|Col Joye's brother and sometime bandmate Kevin
Jacobsen was also lamenting the Maurice's passing. "He was always up, he was always
ready for a joke or a quip he always wore a smile," Jacobsen said. He rated
the Bee Gees as "one of the phenomenons of show business of all times", ahead of
The Beatles, and certainly "Australia's greatest international talent". He had
spoken to Barry Gibb by telephone and said the oldest brother in the close Gibb family was
"Maurice was a pretty free-for-all sort of guy. As he said, there were two things he didn't really worry about - yesterday and tomorrow. He was a good talent, good co-writer ... he was a good musical arranger, a good bass player, a good keyboard player, a good piano player and of course a great vocalist. It's a sad loss, a very sad loss for the world, for the music business and those who knew him"
|"Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, one of pop's best selling and longest enduring acts, has died. He played bass and keyboards with the band. Maurice's voice was crucial to the Bee Gees singular harmonies during all phases of the group's career."|
|"After news of his death, the three brothers were being remembered for their wide smiles, white suits and the falsetto harmonies that were easy to parody. But their international success helped push Australian music on to the world stage. With record sales of more than 110 million, the Bee Gees earned a place in the top-five selling acts of all time, behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. Their success was prodigious six consecutive number one singles in the US, four in Britain and worldwide fame as the voices of Saturday Night Fever. Australia claimed the Bee Gees as its own, but Maurice, his twin brother Robin and their older brother, Barry, were born on the Isle of Man and moved several times in their youth, first to Manchester, then Brisbane."|
|Johny Devlin (Australian rocker)|
|Rock stalwart Johnny Devlin said last night Maurice played a crucial role in the band. "The Bee Gees would have been nothing without him," he said. "He was like a John Lennon a spokesman for the band as well as influential about what they sang and how."|
|Luis G. (friend)|
|Luis G, a recovered alcoholic, attended Maurice's funeral service to say goodbye to a man he credited with helping his own battle against alcoholism. Luis said he met Maurice at a local sobriety support centre, the Little River Club. "He was really involved in helping people change their lives, helping people better their lives and enhancing people's lives. He was like an angel here on Earth," said Luis, who now works as a substance abuse counsellor. "It hurts me so much to see him pass."|
|"The day the music cried..." (Daily Telegraph -
"Maurice Gibb's spirit has flown" (Independent Online - New Zealand)
"Gibb's death a huge loss to music" (BBC -UK)
"A pop culture giant, minus one-third' (National Review -USA)
"Bee Gee Tragedy" (Glasgow Daily Record - Scotland)
"Sad day for music lovers" (NZCity - New Zealand)
"Maurice Gibb was right; Bee Gees more than disco kings" (Salt Lake Tribune - USA)
"Genius behind five decades of Bee Gees magic" (The Sun - UK)
"The day the music died" (Sydney Morning Herald - Australia)
|Pat Sharp (leading British radio DJ)|
|"He was the quiet Bee Gee, the one who was always in the background. They are the one of the few acts to have had hits in every decade. They were a gang, you pictured them together and so now he's not here it is very sad," he said.|
|Johnny Young (Former Australian television host who worked with the Gibbs in the 60s and covered Bee Gees songs)|
|"The thing that people don't know is that
Maurice played guitar, he played piano, he played the bass. On all of the Bee Gees tracks
he did all of those, whereas Barry just played an open string guitar, and Robin couldn't
play anything at all. He just had his voice. So, musically, Maurice was very much the
centre of the band and I think on occasions it may have affected him a little that his
very, very important role in the Bee Gees was perhaps not as recognised as Barry and
"My earliest memory of Maurice Gibb was appearing on 'Bandstand' and they were there. Robin had his big buck teeth, Barry was this sort of maturing, handsome, young man and right in the middle was this happy-go-lucky little kid who was actually Robin's twin, Maurice. I also noticed that at that time, if they had to be anywhere, or go anywhere, it seemed to be Maurice that was calling the tune, whereas, you know, Barry and Robin were perhaps, you know, off thinking creative things or writing a song or something, Maurice had that broader eye of the responsibility of being in the industry. Maurice was very much the driver of the Bee Gess image, he was very image conscious and he was also the cohesion, the glue, between the Bee Gees.
"He played the George Harrison role in the Bee Gees, you know, George Harrison didn't get a lot of credit, it was always John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as in the Bee Gees, you know, it's Barry and Robin. But George did provide that cohesion, a lot of colour and I think Maurice had that too, he added the colour, he added the beautiful, really high-ranging harmonies, and was able to blend in such a way that it was almost invisible.
"But I think the best description is, he was the glue that stuck it all together, both emotionally, and I think even from the point of view of keeping two very talented and outrageous brothers in the same band together for you know, 40 years or something years is an achievement. And I think Maurice had more to do with that than anybody else."
|Billy Thorpe (Australian rocker)|
|"He was very funny, he was always cracking jokes. At the same
time there was - I always sensed a sadness about Maurice that was very hard for me to
define what it was."
Regarding the future of the Bee Gees he added: "The Bee Gees have been together as a family working unit for 45 years. I'm sure that Barry and Robin could go out there and do it, but why would they? The Bee Gees was the Bee Gees. It was the brothers Gibb. The sad side of it is that Andy went many years ago and I knew Andy quite well, and now with Maurice gone, my feeling is I think that they'll probably call it a day."
|Pete Bassett (Robin Gibb's spokesman)|
|Pete Basset, Robin Gibb's spokesman, said Maurice was part of one of
the most influential families in music history.
"It's a huge shock to us all and completely unexpected. Robin and his family have flown out to Miami and everyone is just devastated. They have literally woken up to this and it's the worst possible news anyone could have expected from the day's events. There's just complete and utter shock. This is an unbelievable blow. On Friday Robin felt that there was an improvement and that Maurice had started to regain consciousness and he was reported to be responding to his family but obviously that was only a temporary thing. It's just too shocking at this stage to think about. Everyone was just believing that Maurice was coming round and we woke up to this awful news. The past few days since Robin heard the initial news of Maurice have been just so emotional for him and our thoughts go out to him as Maurice's twin and obviously to his family.
"Robin made the decision to fly out there to see Maurice. He reached Florida in the early evening on Saturday and managed to spend some time with Maurice before Maurice passed away." The twins' elder brother Barry, who has been staying in the US, also managed to see Maurice that evening before he died, Mr Bassett added. "The family are together today at Robin's house in Florida and all are utterly bereft at this unexpected loss," he added. Early plans are for a funeral in Miami - date not yet known - then a memorial service in England, though this is subject to confirmation, he said.
Fans have been sending flowers to the hospital and the brothers' homes in England, he added.
|Tributes submitted by fans to Bee Gees World|
|Beata Jurewicz (Poland): "Dear All, I am All
My Heart and My Soul with all Bee Gees Fans and Family and I know that Mo could wish us to
be strong, so I sing I.O. IIIIII.O I.O."
Buck (USA): "What a pity to lose one of the Bee Gees. My heart goes out to the family and what a loss for all his fans. May he rest in peace."
Keith A. (Canada): "I dont usually visit music sites. However I am today to offer my sincere condolences to the Gibb family. We have lost someone who helped create some of the the worlds most beautiful music. We listen Maurice, therefore you will never really leave us."
Catherine (Canada): "Just wanted to send my prayers to Yvonne and family, and Barry and Robin and families on the death of Maurice. He will be sadly missed by many people. Also, a big hug to his mom, Barbara. God Bless and just know that many are holding you in our hearts. Love, Catherine"
Cameron Newton (Brisbane, Australia): "So sad a loss, but a reminder that we are all human and all have something to offer. So definately, thank you for the music."
Steve Barry (Canada): Dear Omega Man in the Middle, You Know it's for you that we morn. Suddenly, Overnight, I find myself, All By Myself. Such A Shame. Where are you? It's Just The Way that you went, Like a Wildflower which has fadded too Fast. Now, you are Walking On Air in other Dimensions. We will miss you. January 12th 2003"
Alan O'Duffy and his family (UK): "Dear Brothers GIbb,I learn with great sadness the passing of your brother Maurice. May the angels take him to God on high. Our family and friends join in prayers for his children his wife and for you his brothers and friends. May God bless him and yourselvesat this very sad time. I so love your songs and your harmonies and once had the fun and privilege of working with you in London on a TV show. We also knew Bill Shepard many many years ago. In sorrow and sympathy,with love and appreciation for all the beauty Maurice& Robin and Barry and Andy you have let us know. Alan & Dymphna, Thomas Clare Marie and Siobhan O 'Duffy.
Matt Hepler: "I am greatly saddened by the news of Maurice's passing. Your music has touched many aspects of my life. He will be sorely Missed. God bless you all."
Carlos (Argentina): "ADIOS AMIGO! Bee Geeses mas que un grupo que marcó nuestro pasado, una familia ejemplar para todo nuestro mundo. Los Gibbs no solo nos deleitaban con su música, sino además nos dieron siempre un gran ejemplo de lo que es realmente una Gran Familia. Para los fans de siempre, que conocimos sus vidas, Maurice fue uno de los mas fuertes y solidarios, en los peores momentos, por eso, hoy está seguramente en el cielo,un ángel mas que nos cuida junto a Andy desde allá. Que descanses como te mereces, GENIO!!! y que tu familia encuentre el consuelo una vez mas... porque las personas como tu, hicieron nuestra juventud tan amena, grata y llena de valores que hoy no existen. Que en paz descanses, enciendo una vela por ti."
Jean Allen (UK): "What a sad, sad loss I feel now that Maurice has passed away. The Bee Gees have always been in my life since the 70`s. They will always be the greatest. I will miss you so much Maurice. A very grateful fan."
Joe (Austria): "My thoughts are with his family now. So sad."
Esther Wilson (Canada): It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my Angel of Music, Maurice Gibb. From his shining smile to his humor and love of his family, friends and fans. Though I never got to meet you in person, you have been and always will be in my heart forever. The world has lost a great man and my deepest sympathies go out to your beautiful wife Yvonne, and your children Adam and Samantha. Barry, Robin and the entire Gibb family are in my constant thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace sweet Maurice, you are with Andy and Hugh now. I love you!
Always and forever,
"Good night, sweet prince. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Norma Lopez (USA): "Just want to say so sorry for the loss of Maurice. I loved all and every song they had made. I was hoping one day you come to Lubbock, Texas, but it is ok because just hearing your music makes me feel that I am in a concert with ya'll performing. So once again sorry for your loss. The Bee Gees will live forever and their music too. Love Lopez Fam. 2003."
Cat: "I am a 38 year old professional educator. I am a principal to young children and could never have made the strides in my life that I have without the BeeGees. When I was in college and my first true love broke my heart I really considered ending it all, but my brother called and was playing the BeeGees on the one night I didn't think I could survive, but I did. Now, the three men that I have dreamed of forever, have lost the beautiful Maurice. I don't know what to say. I have loved them forever, and they have helped me through it all. I love you guys, I loved Maurice and I love music. You guys rock. I am a single mother with one son that I adore, I don't want to screw up but he thinks that the BeeGees are the best. Anyway, I am depressed, drunk, and so sad, wish I could hear from someone close to Mo that would say All is ok WE WILO MADE IT, i WANT TO BELIEVE IT, LOVE NOW CAT"
Ellen Bliedung (Germany): "I feel so sorry. I'm a German girl. I live with the Bee Gees; the first love and anything. I never seen the Bee Gees in Germany. I can't never see. Best wishes to Robin and Barry Gibb."
Harry Simpson (Canada): "I am presently watching a rerun of one of your concerts on TV, and I would just like to express my deepest condolences for the loss of your brother Maurice, and also extend my thanks for some terrific memories. God Bless." (January 11, 2004)
Gema Beren (Spain): Living in a world that dies within,
you are they who try and touch the wind.
You could be the blessed one
that makes me love you.
And doing what you've never done before,
taking every wave that hits the shore,
you could be a silver star that shines
on my blue island.
It's gonna be a blue island.
See you on a blue island.
Take you to a blue island.
My candle for Maurice: i
Marty Hogan (USA): "In 1997 I met the Gibbs and Maurice just stood out. He was the enormously talented guy who still acted like your next door neighbour. Nobody in the music business is like this. He was so unique and special. He will be so sorely missed. Thank God his memory will always live on in the music". (January 16, 2003)
Danuta Kula (Poland): Live Forever Maurice ,,,,Danka (January 12, 2006)