Tea and Sympathy…..and Fun

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Jenna, Ali, Therese and Linda Gibb as they arrive at Haute Tea

October 31, 2017

As a fundraising event for the Diabetes Research Institute, this particular event brings together ladies (and a few gentlemen) from around the country who feel passionate about supporting the scientists who work diligently to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The Gibb family has supported this Institute for decades, and I attend to see the girls and chat with them, as I try to get photos for the fans and bring awareness, and hopefully, donations to assist in the fight to stop diabetes.

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Ali Gibb looking fab!

Most of the Gibb girls were in attendance, Linda, Jenna and Ali wore white dresses and Therese wore black and a huge smile. They spread the love, chatting with scores of people and checking out the auction items. Their attendance at these events sends a message of support and love. Linda was honored for her years of service to the DRIF two years ago, and the next generation continues to follow in her footsteps, as they work on committees and volunteer their time.

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I have attended this event four times now, and it’s always a joy to watch the ladies as they walk into the ballroom wearing spectacular hats and heels (there are prizes for the best) and chatting with old friends and meeting new acquaintances. Everyone has a mission on this day, and it’s to enjoy the wonderful company, food, fashion show and auction of beautiful items and trips that go beyond what one would expect. Often the trips are extravagant, and auction items are lovely.

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Jillian Posner–a powerhouse event chair

On the surface, it’s a “fun”, “upbeat” and “happy” atmosphere, but there is an underlying note of seriousness and determination that the attendees are thinking about. As always, there are stories shared by many in the room who live with diabetes or have children who suffer from this disease. It’s an emotional time when the hundreds of supporters reflect and remember why they are there and how they can continue to help. Everyone, including all the Gibb ladies, was there to raise funds so that Dr. Ricordi and his brilliant scientists and staff can do their jobs.

It’s important to remember that the DRI has partnerships around the world and thousands are working to find a cure.

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Therese Gibb, all tall and impressive looking–a vision in black

One of my goals in this story became apparent to me as I watched the staff of the DRIF rush around and take care of last minute details before the guests arrived. They are focused, sometimes frenetic and always professional.

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Barbara and Jill….the founder and the Sr. VP.–two amazing ladies

 

I need to give them a shout-out, for without this amazing team, none of the events that raise thousands of dollars for research, would happen. I have noticed in the past that no matter has harried or pressured they are, there still is a camaraderie and a positive attitude that permeates the air and brings a smile during times of stress. It’s a big challenge to pull off scores of fundraising events in a year’s time, and this event is a blockbuster among them.

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Lauren, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communication–and truly a sweet soul.

Lori Weintraub, Sr. Vice-President, is a force to be reckoned with. She’s the type of woman who has unwavering resolve to reach her goals. Lauren, Nicole, Karen, Jill, Joelle, Jessica and all the others staff members who work at the DRIF are equally special, and I hope that those of you who wonder how you can help this Gibb charity will think of how hard they work and rush to the Diabetes Research Institute Facebook page and website to see all of the wonderful choices you have to give.

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Beautiful Jenna Gibb

Yes, there was music. Yes, there was a fashion show. Yes, it was more impressive than  ever. Yes, the food and the flowers were stunning. The DRIF has done it again, with panache.

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The musicians had fun, too!

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Nieman Marcus fashions—-elegant

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So beautiful I didn’t want to mess it by eating….

Thanks to the hundreds who bought the tickets and those of you around the world who will support the DRI in the future. I always think of what Dr. Giacomo Lanzoni said to me when I visited him in his laboratory at the DRI.  He shook his head as he commented about meeting with patients and said, “We can feel their love and support, but we also feel their suffering.”

It’s time to end the suffering, don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

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Skating to the Bee Gees!

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Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories about Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted on this site and many will be included in my book, which is in formatting now. I am hoping it will be completed soon. At times I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

October 10, 2017

I posted this photo of Barry that I shot in Boston during the encore of his concert. He is wearing the Boston Strong hat, of course. Since this story is from a Boston fan, I thought it would be a great choice!

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When I was a little girl, I loved to roller skate with my best friend Mary. During the summers, we would skate through the neighborhood; but during the winter, we’d have to skate indoors. Boston has long winters, and we skated many miles during those months.

My basement didn’t have enough room for us to skate, so we always skated at Mary’s house. I brought over my small pink record player, and we set it up in corner of the unfinished basement. The concrete floors were perfect for skating.

The most important thing about our skating was that we only skated to the Bee Gees. We were both in love with them, and Main Course was our “skating album”. We loved “Winds of Change” for our fast song and “Baby As You Turn Away” for our slow song. As time went on, we would pretend we were in the Olympics and skating for Gold medals. Jive Talkin’ was my “Olympic song”. We were the skating queens!

As we got older, we’d actually skate at an indoor ice rink on ice skates, and we’d always bring our music for the DJ to play. He was a fan of the Spirits album, and everyone at the rink would get into the music with us. We sort of spread Bee Gee music to the neighborhood every week when we skated.

Those memories are the best. I look back and see how carefree we were and how much we enjoyed the music as young girls. When we were in high school, we loved the Bee Gees just as much as we had earlier. I remember listening to Hall and Oates and Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, but I always went back to the Bee Gees.

Skating was my passion for exercise, and the Bee Gees were forever my passion for music. Mary is still my best friend, and we still play their music when we go out shopping and we’re driving in the car or going on a day trip. It’s a lifelong passion. We laugh about our skating years and cherish the memories. There’s no one like the Bee Gees.

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A Long Road Ahead-So Play the Music

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September 17, 2017

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry.This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted at times and many will be in my book, which is thankfully in the process of formatting right now! At times, I will write about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy.

THOUGHTS ON THE PAST FEW MONTHS….

Since Barry performed at Glastonbury, there hasn’t been much to look forward to, so fans go back to older concerts and many post memories from decades past. Indeed, the stories I hear are often from fans’ recollections of concerts in the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s or of encounters with the Gibbs on a more personal level. The bottom line is that music always inspires and supports the fans; and their love of the music keeps them going, no matter what is happening in their lives.

I notice that we become complacent and sometimes we worry, whine or complain about mundane things; and then a real tragedy strikes, and we realize how petty we have been. Returning to Syracuse University has been a blessing, but we all know the nightmare of moving 1500 miles and all that comes with that process. On top of this move, I have been working with an editor to get my book formatted. This process makes watching the Heinz ketchup drizzle out of the bottle onto the fries seem like a lightening bolt of time in comparison. My frustration is easily calmed when the music is turned on and one of the Gibb boys croons me a tune.

No matter what the mindset or struggles anyone is experiencing, we always love our Gibb boys and their music. We turn to it for solace. I do so on a daily basis. Sometimes I wonder about the impact of this music and how generations to come will also feel that calming effect when listening to Morning of My Life or First of May.

The recent events in Houston and Florida remind fans around the world that natural disasters can impact millions of lives and cause permanent destruction and heartache. Still, as I worry and pray for others who are less fortunate, I am playing Main Course as I drive to work. Somehow, this makes me feel better.

I spent the end of the summer moving back to New York from Florida, and I was lucky to be out of harm’s way when hurricane Irma hit the peninsula. We know that the Gibb family was able to evacuate, and fans are grateful that they are safe and healthy. However, I have many friends who are still without both power and water. My best friend, who is a third grade teacher in Naples, is one of these victims. Another colleague, who lives in the Keys, can’t go home because there is no home to return to and salvage.

I lived through Charley and had no power for 14 days when the temperatures were 90 plus degrees and the streets were blocked for weeks. The feeling of helplessness is indescribable.

I don’t think that people who live out of this region realize that even though the hurricane is over, the recovery and rebuilding process can actually be the worst part and take months or even years to complete. The unlucky ones never get over the emotional trauma of losing a home or being flooded out or trying to escape the wrath of nature with a 15-hour drive North to safety.

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A few days before hurricane Irma hit Florida, I was heading to the airport to fly to Miami so that I could attend the Diabetes Research Institute Haute Tea event and report on it for the fans. This is the Gibbs’ charity, and I have become emotionally invested myself and am anxious to help in any way possible. Luckily, Lauren from the DRIF sent me a message the the event was being cancelled. Just a few hours later I might have been in Florida and certainly would have been unable to get back home. I dodged a bullet.

The first thing I did when I got home that day was play Still Waters. When I hear from fans that they are still comforted by Bee Gee music, I smile and sigh and thank Barry, Robin and Maurice. As for Barry, he’s larger than life for many fans, and yet he’s still a father and husband whose family and their safety and health matter to him more than anything.

As for Maurice and Robin, I’ve no doubt that they are working their magic to give comfort to those who need it. One only has to listen to For Whom the Bell Tolls or Wildflower to know that.

So, as we take action by volunteering, donating to the Red Cross or offering up our prayers for those victims of tragedy, we can still play the music for inspiration and support.

The bottom line is that Bee Gee music is unique and special. It will cheer us on the long road ahead, no matter what path we are walking. It always will be there.

 

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Double Joy….Blessings to Barry and Linda

Welcome to morobinbarrystories! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Andy is not forgotten and is included at times. If you’d like to share a story, email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing and formatting. Yes, this process takes months and months, but it’s getting worked on as we live and breathe. At times, I will write and post articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will love.

September 1, 2017

It’s been a long and dramatic road for Barry and Linda Gibb. The joys have been the highest of highs; and as we all experience, the lows have been sometimes heart-wrenching and challenging. Congratulations today and always for reaching another birthday and anniversary.

Blessings to you and all the family. Your humor and love for one another gives the world hope that families everywhere can find strength and laughter in each day.

Here I repost a video I created from the photos I took on the Mythology Tour. Barry’s voice was recorded at the Philadelphia concert. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

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WHAT A FAN!

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, send it to morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. I will post some and have included many in my book, which is in editing now. This process is sooooo slow! At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

August 21, 2017

Sorry I’ve been out of the loop and have been unable to post in the past weeks. I have been moving back to New York and to my roots at Syracuse University! I’m excited but it’s a great deal of work to move and teach and write at the same time!

So, here’s a story from a mega fan that is one of my oldest and sweetest of all.

Susan–Syracuse, NY

My Bee Gee life goes back to my 10th birthday. I was a little girl with a crush on a pop group that most people didn’t know much about. My older sisters loved the Beatles and the Kinks and The Byrds. My sister Melissa cried over the Beach Boys. My Mom and my sisters watched me mope around like I was a sick baby because my life revolved around Barry and his brothers and their music.

I heard “Massachusetts” at my girlfriend’s house when I stayed overnight for a pajama party, and I was hooked. For my birthday, my family got tickets to the Bee Gee concert in Albany, New York. It was 1971.

My world changed that night. Seeing them in person is not something I can describe. I’ll never forget how I cried tears of excitement at knowing they were REAL, and my two sisters fell in love (Melissa with Maurice and Carolyn with Robin).

All three of us thought Barry was beyond perfect. There was no way to dispute that. He just looked like a God. After the concert, I became a life-long fan with blinders on. They could do no wrong, no matter what the music was.

Every birthday and Christmas from the age of 10 involved a Bee Gee gift. My collection included posters, mugs, lunch boxes, fan magazines, ticket stubs and everything that could be bought in a record shop.

As a teenager, I would ignore my friend who didn’t understand them, and then Night Fever happened. Now they all got the point, although I’d already been a fan for half of my life in 1979, when I took some of my girlfriends to the Spirits tour in New York City.

My boyfriend in college was shocked when he saw my albums and the Bee Gee shirne I had erected in my dorm room. No, I didn’t marry that boy, but he boy I did marry (Jason) lives with my addiction to this day. He has weathered every Bee Gee storm with me over the decades and has comforted me through the grieving I have experienced, starting with Andy in 1988.  Jason still marvels at my loyalty. I tell hm it’s not about loyalty. It’s about the best band that ever existed. Some people don’t get it, but Bee Gee fans know exactly what I mean. No group could come close, and that’s simply the truth.

 

 

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Mending a Broken Heart

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Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times.) If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will be included in my book, which is still in editing. This is a slow process! At times, I will write posts about Gibb events and charity work that I hope fans will enjoy.

July 14, 2017

Today I’m posting a story about young love that I’ll be all of us can relate to. I know certainly remember my first big heartbreak and crush. Enjoy!

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I wanted to share my feelings for the Bee Gees because they really got me through my first big heartache. The song that plays over and over in my head is “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart”. That song got me through the crying and sobbing, which occurred on a daily basis for weeks.

I was in 9th grade, and my love was Joey G. I was so crazy about this boy, and I nearly failed math because we were in the same class, and I couldn’t concentrate on anything but his smile and his hair and his voice. I was crushed when he asked another girl to the Spring Fling dance. Her name was Lorraine, and she was blond and sweet. I hated Lorraine, but he adored her.

I cried myself to sleep at night while I listened to the Bee Gees on my recored player in my bedroom. I wore out the record, and I’ll never forget how much I hurt over that boy.

Even though I got married and had children and now have a grandchild, I still think of Joey every time Barry sings that song. After my heartbreak, I listened to every Bee Gee love song I could find, and eventually the music helped me to move on without this boy of my dreams. It’s the music that kept me wallowing, but it’s also the music that got me over this lost love.

I have loved the Bee Gees since I was a young teen, and I’ll always remember the solace their music brought to me. Young love is hard to forget, but the music soothes and heals.

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He’s Like the Energizer Bunny!

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Many stories will be used in my book, which is being edited now. At times, I will write about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy hearing about.

Monday, June 26

Well, he’s done it again, and I simply want to say congratulations and HORRAY! To be a Bee Gee fan and not know about the wonderful concert at Glastonbury would be a shame, for our man, Barry Gibb, has outdone himself once again. It must be a great feeling to go “home” and to be met by hundreds of thousands of virtual hugs and deafening applause. What a rush for Barry and the band! This has to be one of his sweetest moments on stage, and I know that he must treasure every one of them.

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I’m not sure why I’m feeling so proud, but I am extraordinarily happy. I suppose it’s because he’s still the best, and no one can emulate his talent. For those unfortunate people out there who never were Bee Gee fans or don’t know how incredible Barry truly is, I feel sad for all of them.

Glastonbury was a great success, and it must have been thrilling for the band to experience being a part of such an event. They get to work with an icon and a true musical genius. They are the best talent out there in music land, and they have a wonderful boss. Barry has been on the track running the race alone for quite some time now, and he’s doing amazing work as everyone can see. It isn’t emotionally or physically easy, but his strength and stamina are unmatched. It’s not only longevity; it’s a mindset of love for the music and his brothers that keeps him going.

I think the musicians and the tech people and the members who encompass The Barry Gibb Band have captured love in a bottle. It’s not often that people gel together and work happily and produce concerts that are this perfect. They work as though they are one cohesive unit destined to succeed. Doug is one of those guys who is so deceptive. He’s small, but he’s so powerful! Lee is always smiling as he shares his talents! The ladies are as classy as they come and powerhouse singers. Carlos remains a genius who balances multiple responsibilities. Dick Ashby is still the keeper of the kingdom in my book. Fans know what I’m talking about. I could discuss every band member at length; but suffice to say, they rock. Every single one of them is special.

I’ve been able to witness several concerts, and they all seem to be truly happy to be working with Barry and each other, and that’s not always the case in such a competitive business. Many congratulations to all of Team Barry.

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The fans are grateful, and the music world is blessed. Hopefully, the new memories will remain bright for a long while to come. As time goes on, I think these memories become more precious to the fans, as well as the musicians.

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Thank you!

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Happy Father’s Day, Gibb men!

Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration about Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, and many will be included in my book, which is in editing now. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

June 17, 2017
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Father’s Day is upon us once again, and fans can revel in thinking of all the wonderful Gibb men who are celebrating this day. Of course, Barry, Robin and Maurice became fathers as very young men. Robin was the first Gibb brother to be a dad when Spencer was born. Then Barry and Maurice began their families, and the rest is history.

This weekend we wish all the Gibb boys a wonderful day. Hopefully, they will be spoiled, pampered, and showered with love. There’s nothing better in this world, and they are all blessed to be part of a spectacular family.

We’ve seen hundreds of photos of Barry, Robin and Maurice with their children. Here are a few of the next generation.

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Here’s Steve with Angus and Nina, who are now 11 and 15 years old!

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Travis with his wife Stacy when she was pregnant. He is now the dad of Layla, 9, and Liam, 5.

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Mike Gibb, here with wife Jenna at the Diabetes Research Institute Ball, is dad to Damien, 12, Taylor May, 4 and Payton, almost 2.

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Here’s Taylor May

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RJ is now dad to two children, Maxwell Robin, 4, and Theodore, 2.

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Ashley is proud dad to Lucas, who is now 9 years old.

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Adam, here with his wife Elaine, is dad to Aiden, almost 6, and Olivia, nearly 3.

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Although not a Gibb, Paul Landin is married to one, and she’s the lovely Samantha. Paul is dad to Julian, now age 6.

 

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Wow, they don’t look alike at all, do they?

Barry here with Ashley and Lucas

Have a superb day, gentlemen!

 

 

 

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His Genius Lives On…

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, and many will appear in my book, which is nearly edited. At times I will write about Gibb events, which I hope fans will enjoy.

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May 20, 2017

Yes, it is the anniversary of Robin’s loss, and fans around the world continue to mourn him. However,  I’d rather listen to his music today and watch some of his interviews. This way I can continue to be inspired and enjoy his crazy sense of humor, marvel at his wit, be thrilled by his voice, and beguiled by his intelligence. He will be one of the first ones I seek when I get to heaven. I have so much to thank him for and so much to ask him about his life and creativity and passions.

So let’s remember…….

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That he was a father of four…….here with Spencer, Melissa and RJ

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He was a twin!

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He was an animal lover

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He rocked yellow!!!

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He had a thing for his hair!

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He was a great humanitarian and charity work was a key component of his life

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He was a brilliant composer

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He wrote a great symphony…

His voice will always live on to thrill us….https://youtu.be/ku-b5Psl5Mk
My favorite of all…….”Run to Me”….

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Photo Fun..Gibb Mothers…

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and many will appear in my book, which is in the editing stage now. Horray! At times I will write articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

May 13, 2017

Since Mother’s Day is upon us, I thought it might be fun to post some photos of the Gibb mothers. Many are photos I took at events and others are just some of my favorites. They are quite a unique and special group of women, and all are mothers we can emulate. I feel that all Bee Gee fans are especially blessed to know that Linda, Yvonne and Dwina played key roles in the phenomenon that was the Bee Gees.

Now we see that their children are also role models as mothers, women and philanthropists.  By making their children and families their number one priority, as well as supporting charities with passion and tireless efforts, they are inspiring to all women around the globe.

Thanks, Gibb girls!

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Dwina with Robin, Spencer, Melissa and her son RJ.

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Dwina with son RJ and his love, Megan

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Gloria, mother to Angus and Nina and a natural beauty. Steve is a lucky man!

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Gloria, Linda and Ali Gibb at Haute Tea fundraiser for Diabetes Research Institute.

Linda was being honored for over 30 years of service to the DRIF.

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Gloria, Therese and Ali at the same event

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Therese with husband Ashely and son Lucas. She is fireball of love!

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Linda glowing in a beautiful white suit…mother and grandmother, she’s inspiring and strong in her support of her family.

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Linda supporting the DRI with Barry and two of their friends who work tirelessly for the cause, Aimee Siegel Harris and Gary Kleiman

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Therese with DRIF founder Barbara Singer

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Jenna, mom to Taylor and Payton and Stacy, mom to Layla and Liam, here supporting the DRIF Love and Hope Ball with their husbands Mike and Travis Gibb

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Yvonne Gibb with her daughter Samantha and grandson Julian.

Love Yvonne and her beautiful family. She is, of course, also mother to Adam and grandmother to Aiden and Olivia

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When Samantha and Adam were small….Yvonne and Mo with their children…

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Yvonne and Samantha with matriarch Barbara Gibb

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Whether performing or being a mom and wife, Samantha is a special kind of woman. She is truly the best parts of her mom and dad.

 

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Samantha with husband Paul and son Julian

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Yes, she’s the mother of five, but first she’s a wife, and I love seeing her in the wings or on the sideline at rehearsal watching over her partner, husband, lover and father of her children. She’s a presence and strong support to all.

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Along with Aunt Ali, the Gibb mothers look glamorous and fabulous at the Haute Tea Garden Party last September. Who would believe there are seven children among them? It’s nice to see the moms out having fun and raising funds for the Diabetes Research Institute

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Mom Linda with family at the DRIF Haute Tea in 2015…..

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Gibb mothers. May you be showered with many blessings on this day and every day.

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