Remembering Maurice Gibb
The Buzz: Remembering Maurice Gibb
The Bee Gees defined the seventies disco era, but they've also made lush ballads and rocking grooves in addition to creating the most successful soundtrack album ever, "Saturday Night Fever". Now the three brothers are two. Maurice Gibb died Sunday morning following stomach surgery at a Florida hospital.
Just over a year ago, Maurice talked about the music that made him and his siblings world famous.
The Bee Gees were born in Britain and raised in Australia, Barry is the oldest. Maurice was the youngest of the group, arriving two hours after his fraternal twin, Robin. They claim they've known nothing else in their lives but music.
"It's something that we were born to do… And I think there's a hunger that goes back... Nobody would listen. We had five valleys… But we're persistent and we love what we do."
"Lonely days was our first hit in the America... That was great memory being told it was number one."
During a career that spans five decades, the Bee Gees won several Grammys and sold more than 110 million records. But their huge success did have a downside for Maurice.
"I have a lot of reasons why I, I've become a different person over the years. I used to drink a lot; I'm, I'm, I'm a non-drinker today, and I'm in AA and things like that. So a lot of that program has rubbed off on me and the way I live today."
The name "The Bee Gees" was short for "The Brothers Gibb". They rank on the all time top-sellers list with the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. A family spokesman says early plans call for a funeral in Miami for Maurice Gibb with a memorial service in England to follow.