The Gibb brothers put their heads together to form the Bee Gees in 1958. Neither Barry nor Robin or Maurice, however, could anticipate their massive influx of success from the late ’60s and onward. Changing their sound several times through the course of their career, they made a name for themselves in the realms of pop, soul, soft rock, and disco. Barry Gibb’s R&B falsetto became a hallmark and staple of the Bee Gees sound from the 70s through the 80s.
The talents of “The Disco Kings” spanned far beyond their most beloved “Stayin’ Alive.” And although they found a great deal of success overseas in Australia, the brothers actually spent a great deal of their childhood in England. Barry Gibb looks back on this time on England’s Isle of Man fondly. And the island seems to reciprocate that feeling, evidenced by their latest tribute to the singer: his very own postage stamps.
Barry Gibb Reflects on His Hometown as They Honor His Time in the Bee Gees and Other Creative Pursuits
The Isle of Man Post Office took to Facebook to share the news of their new set of stamps featuring Sir Barry Gibb. The full stamp collection officially dropped today, November 3rd. Check it out:
The Isle of Man is considered an island and self-governing British Crown Dependency. It falls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Irish Sea. Barry Gibb says the postage stamps come as a great honor because of his Isle of Man native roots.
“I’m very proud of my Manx roots,” Gibb’s statement started. “I was born and bred on the ancient, mystical, magical Isle of Man, and I have very fond memories of growing up there, so to appear on a set of its stamps is not only a wonderful surprise, but also an honor and a privilege.”
After he was born there, the family stayed in the area until he turned 9 years old.
The Postage Stamps Support a Good Cause
Philanthropy remains an important part of the last Bee Gee’s survivor’s life. Barry Gibb continues to offer his time, money, and talent to a number of important causes. Before their passing, he and his brothers decided to donate their “Too Much Heaven” copyright to the UNICEF organization. His other charitable pursuits include support of the Prince’s Trust, the Diabetes Research Institute, Whatever It Takes, and Nordoff Robbins. One of the lengthier charities boasts the name of the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League.
The Isle of Man Post Office took Barry Gibb’s lead and plans to support the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity with proceeds from their special set of stamps featuring the singer. They are considered the largest music therapy charity in the UK to this day.