The Bee Gees had a famous brother, Andy Gibb, who made history but lived a short life. His death came as a shock to many, except for his ex-wife, who, though saddened by the news, saw it coming.
Andy Gibb was the younger brother of the three men who formed the “Bee Gees”. He was not a member of the team, but during his reign his performance was impressive.
Andy is the only solo artist to have seen his first three singles on the charts, and before entering adulthood he was famous and wealthy, selling around fifteen million records worldwide.
Ultimately, he lived to feed his demons who unfortunately became obsessive despite his new life. The singer passed away at the age of 30, unable to accomplish much more than he wanted to, but had accomplished many things that have influenced the sound of music over the years.
Andy Gibb was born on the Isle of Man and spent his childhood in Brisbane, Australia. He came from a line of experienced artists; her mother, Barbara, was a seasoned singer who was a former member of the band. While his father, Hugh, could play the drums effortlessly.
Andy was surrounded by music, and it wasn’t just from his parents but also from his siblings. Before pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, he had older brothers who were very good singers and guitarists.
The Gibb Boys – Barry, Robin and Maurice, formed the group “Bee Gees” in 1958. Their unique melody cut across several genres, consisting of a mix of pop, soft rock, disco and soul, which won over a wide range of people. public. range of audiences.
Following the fame and fortune of the group, the Gibb family could afford a lavish lifestyle. They moved to Ibiza, Spain, and Andy, the celebrity group’s little brother, had a rich life and was often picked up at school in a Rolls Royce.
While this caught the school’s attention, it also created an avenue for resentment. Andy’s classmates didn’t like the display of wealth, which led him to hate school in return.
At 13, the youngest of the Gibb brothers left school to devote himself to music. Andy dreamed of being one of his famous brothers so he started polishing / showcasing his musical prowess, first in local bars, where he sang with a guitar given to him by Barry.
However, the older guys had a better option. They felt their little brother would do a great job as a solo artist because he had an amazing melody and rhythm.
In no time, under their supervision, Andy released a hit. This was followed by a series of hits after being signed by Stigwood, the manager of the “Bee Gees”.
Andy didn’t have to go through the torment of rejection, getting ripped off by managers or being booed from the scene. His access to fame was easy; luckily he had his brother who led the way, which made it easier for him to be accepted, but his music was also brilliant, and it continued to define the disco era!
The “Baby Bee Gee”, as Andy was often called, gained overwhelming fame before adulthood. So many people loved him, including old people, young men, women, his family and his manager.
However, he somehow felt he was hanging out somewhere. Andy never saw a seemingly perfect guy like the rest of the world (he was good looking, talented and famous). He felt inferior to his brothers, who were his role models.
Although it was nice to have a little brother who admired his older siblings, the comparison made him live a life of misery; a void that robbed him of his status.
At 19, Andy fell in love with a young beauty named Kim Reeder. She worked as a receptionist and quickly became his wife. After their marriage, they moved into a tiny house in West Hollywood.
Many would have thought that these young couples with bright futures would last forever. But things started to go down when Andy relied on other ways to be happy and fulfilled.
He indulged in drug addiction. This plunged him into a state of paranoia and depression which made it difficult for anyone to connect with him and give him a hand.
Unfortunately, Reeder couldn’t cope with the situation, so in 1978 when she became pregnant with their only child, Peta, the receptionist handed her husband divorce papers and left him for a new one. life in Australia.
Two years later, she returned to America with their baby girl. Andy gave his ex-wife a personalized gold bracelet with the words “With all my love — AG” But after that meeting, neither mother nor daughter ever saw the singer.
THE DROP BEFORE HIS DEATH
Before passing away at the age of 30, Andy had more than enough opportunities to redeem his career. Things had turned out badly; he no longer released tubes, no longer had self-confidence and was abusing drugs.
In 1981, he had the opportunity to appear on the television show “Solid Gold with Marilyn McCoo”. Series producer Brad Lachman loved his charm and personality and wanted him to be a part of it.
Unfortunately, Andy didn’t keep his end of the bargain and started to miss shows. Lachman admitted that the young man was confused, but after several warnings he decided to let him go.
Shortly after that, Andy suffered a decline; he had a failed relationship with an older lover, Victoria Principal, with whom he was madly in love. When things ended, the former singer returned to his shell; this time it went further, making it almost impossible to be redeemed.
On the other hand, Principal explained that her ex-lover was an addict who didn’t want to face his demons. This created problems in their relationship, which led to it failing.
DETAILS AROUND HIS DEATH
For several years, the young man struggled with drug addiction. It took a lot for his family to get him out of there. In 1985, he succumbed to their persuasion to register at the Betty Ford Center in California, but it lasted for a brief moment.
The following year he decided it was time to get his life back on track and Andy moved to another establishment in Santa Barbara, achieving huge success. However, he had been reckless with his health and finances, which later cost him a peaceful reality.
Andy was in debt, due to his lavish lifestyle and overspending on drugs, but he was saved by his brothers, who sent him weekly stipends and met his other needs.
After staying sober, he became a cheerful man who attended charities and tried to right his wrongs. However, two days after reaching 30, the singer complained of chest pain; he was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
72 hours later, he was confirmed dead after suffering from myocarditis, an inflamed heart, which could have resulted from his past addiction to cocaine. This was devastating news for everyone, but his ex-wife admitted that with her lifestyle, she already expected him to suffer from such health issues.
Despite Andy Gibb’s early mistakes, after his death many are remembered for his impeccable music, kindness, charming nature and, most importantly, the way he sacrificed himself to please others without power. ‘prevent it.