The Bee Gees had a famous brother, Andy Gibb. He made history, but lived a short life. His death shocked many, except his ex-wife, who saw it coming even though she was saddened by the news.
Andy Gibb was the youngest brother of the three men who formed the “Bee Gees”. He was not a member of the band, but during his glory days, his performances were impressive.
Andy was the first male solo artist to have three of his consecutive singles reach No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart. Before entering adulthood, he was famous and wealthy, selling approximately fifteen million records worldwide.
Members of the Bee Gees together in a photo | Photo: Getty Images
Eventually he lived to feed his demons which sadly came to haunt him despite his new life. The singer died at the age of 30, without having been able to accomplish everything he wanted. However, he had already accomplished many things that influenced music over the years.
WHO WAS ANDY GIBB
Andy Gibb was born in Manchester, and spent his childhood in Brisbane, Australia. He comes from a line of experienced artists. His mother, Barbara, was a seasoned singer and former band member. As for his father, Hugh, he played the drums effortlessly.
Andy Gibb and his older brothers, members of The Bee Gees, photographed in Miami in 1978. | Photo: Getty Images
Andy was surrounded by music, and it didn’t just come from his parents, but also from his siblings. Before pursuing a career in show business, he had older brothers who were successful singers and guitarists.
The Gibb boys, Barry, Robin and Maurice, formed the group “Bee Gees” in 1958. Their music cut across multiple genres, a mix of pop, soft rock, disco and soul, which appealed to a wide audience.
After the group’s fame and fortune, the Gibb family could afford a lavish lifestyle. They moved to Ibiza, Spain, and Andy, the little brother, was allowed a comfortable life. We often picked him up from school in a Rolls Royce.
While this caught the attention of his classmates, there were also resentments. Andy’s classmates didn’t like his family flaunting their wealth. Which made him hate school in return.
At the age of 13, Andy left school to devote himself to music. He dreamed to be part of the band of his famous brothers, and so he began to hone his musical prowess, first in local bars, where he sang with a guitar given to him by Barry.
However, the older ones had a better option. They felt their little brother would excel as a solo artist, as he had a memorable melody and rhythm.
In a short time, under their supervision, Andy released a successful title. After being signed by Stigwood, the manager of the “Bee Gees”, a series of hits followed this success.
A LIFETIME OF SUCCESS
Andy didn’t have to suffer rejection, be cheated on by managers, or booed onstage. His rise to stardom was easy. His brothers paved the way for him, which made it easier for him to be accepted, but his music was also brilliant, and it defined the disco era!
The “Baby Bee” enjoyed overwhelming fame before reaching adulthood. So many people loved him, including young and old men, women, his family and his manager.
However, he felt like he was falling behind somewhere. Andy apparently never saw himself like the rest of the world. He felt inferior to his brothers, who were his role models.
While it’s nice to have a little brother who looks up to his elders, the comparison made him live a life of misery. Emptiness deprived him of his status.
HOW IT ALL HAPPENED
At 19, Andy fell in love with a young beauty named Kim Reeder. She worked as a receptionist and soon became his wife. After their marriage, they moved into a small house in West Hollywood.
Many would have thought that this young couple with a promising future would be eternal. But things started to go wrong when Andy relied on other means to be happy and fulfilled.
He started taking drugs. The drugs made him paranoid and depressed, and it was hard for anyone to get close to him and give him a hand.
Unfortunately, Reeder couldn’t cope with the situation. In 1978, when she became pregnant with their only child, Peta, the receptionist filed for divorce from her husband and left him for a new life in Australia.
Two years later, she returned to America with their baby girl. Andy gave his ex-wife a gold bracelet personalized with the words “With all my love- AG”. But after this meeting, neither mother nor daughter ever saw the singer again.
THE DECLINE BEFORE HIS DEATH
Before passing away at the age of 30, Andy had more than one opportunity to turn his career around. Things had gone wrong. He no longer released tubes, no longer had trust in him and abused drugs.
In 1981, he had the opportunity to participate in the TV show “Solid Gold with Marilyn McCoo”. The show’s producer, Brad Lachman, had liked Andy’s charm and personality and wanted him on it.
Unfortunately, Andy didn’t keep up his end of the bargain and started missing shows. Lachman acknowledged that the young man was disturbed, but he had decided to let him pass after several warnings.
Soon after, Andy went into decline. He had a failed relationship with an older lover, Victoria Principal, whom he was madly in love with. When things ended, the singer went back into his shell. This time he went even further, making redemption nearly impossible.
Victoria Principal explained that her ex-lover was a drug addict who didn’t want to face his demons. She revealed that her drug abuse caused trouble in their relationship, which led to their separation.
DETAILS SURROUNDING HIS DEATH
For several years, the young man struggled with drug addiction. It took a lot for his family to pull him out. In 1985, he succumbed while undergoing treatment at the Betty Ford Center in California, but that didn’t last long.
The following year, he decided it was time to get his life back on track, and Andy entered another establishment in Santa Barbara, achieving huge success. However, he had been reckless with his health and finances which cost him a peaceful life after his recovery.
Andy was in debt, due to his lavish lifestyle and excessive spending on drugs. Fortunately, his brothers saved him. They sent him weekly allowances and met his other needs.
After staying clean, he became a cheerful man who tried to right his wrongs. However, two days after turning 30, the singer complained of chest pains and was rushed to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
72 hours later, he was confirmed dead after suffering from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, which may have resulted from cocaine use. This news was devastating for all but his ex-wife admitted that she expected him to suffer from such health problems due to his lifestyle.
Despite Andy’s early mistakes Gibb, remembered by many for his impeccable music, kindness and charming nature. More importantly, people remembered how he sacrificed himself to please others, but couldn’t stop his fall.
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