Maurice Gibb
(1949-2003)

Died aged c. 54

Maurice Ernest Gibb, CBE (/ˈmɔːrɪs/; 22 December 1949 – 12 January 2003) was a British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved fame as a member of the group Bee Gees. Although his brothers Barry and Robin Gibb were the group's main lead singers, most of their albums included at least one or two Maurice Gibb compositions, including "Lay It on Me", "Country Woman" and "On Time". The Bee Gees were one of the most successful rock-pop groups ever. Gibb's role in the group focused on melody and arrangements, providing backing vocal harmony and playing a variety of instruments. Born on the Isle of Man, Gibb started his music career in 1955 in Manchester, England, joining the skiffle-rock and roll group the Rattlesnakes which later evolved into the Bee Gees in 1958 when they moved to Australia. They returned to England, where they achieved worldwide fame. In 2002, the Bee Gees were appointed as CBEs for their "contribution to music". Following his death in 2003, Gibb's son collected his award at Buckingham Palace in 2004. Gibb's earliest musical influences included the Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard and Paul Anka; the Mills Brothers and the Beatles were significant later influences. By 1964 he began his career as an instrumentalist, playing guitar on "Claustrophobia". After the group's break-up in 1969, Gibb released his first solo single, "Railroad", but his first solo album, The Loner, has never been released.

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band member of The Bee Gees

Commemorated on 3 plaques

Nick Harrison on Flickr

The Bee Gees. Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb composed and stayed here 1968-1980

67 Brook Street, London, United Kingdom where they composed and stayed

Childhood home of the Bee Gees [full inscription unknown]

50 St.Catherine's Drive, Douglas, Isle of Man where they lived

Proud to commemorate The Bee Gees family connection with the Union Mills Post Office

Union Mills Post Office, Maitland Road, Union Mills, Isle of Man where they lived