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Maurice Gibb

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Maurice Ernest Gibb, CBE (December 22, 1949 – January 12, 2003) was a British musician and a member of the Bee Gees. He was born in Douglas, Isle of Man to English parents. The twin of Robin Gibb, Maurice was the younger by 35 minutes.

He grew up with his family in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England.

In 1958 he and his family moved to Brisbane, Australia, settling in one of the city’s poorest suburbs, Cribb Island, which was subsequently demolished to make way for Brisbane Airport. While still in Brisbane, he and brothers Robin and Barry formed the Bee Gees, which would become one of the most successful musical groups of the 1970s and 1980s. In a career spanning five decades, the group sold over 180 million records.

Maurice Gibb played bass, guitar, and keyboard for the group, and was generally known as “the quiet one” (generally due to his actually being somewhat shy privately, and to his deference to his other brothers being spokesmen for the group). He was the only one of the three who had not been in trouble with the British police before the family emigrated to Australia.

He was famously married to the Scottish pop star Lulu from 1969 to 1973, but they had no children, and the pressure of their respective commitments led to their divorce. During this period, Maurice made a brief attempt to break into acting, playing a role in a short-lived West End musical, Sing a Rude Song. While the musical didn’t earn rave reviews, Maurice’s performance was said to be one of its bright spots.

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