June 14, 2013

This week’s story is typical of several I have received about Maurice Gibb. He touched people in a special way and the appreciation of his talents and generosity of spirit is known to all who loved him.



I became a Bee Gee fan when I was really a young boy, and I followed their careers for 30 years. I related to Maurice Gibb the most. I was just drawn to him; and I’m not sure why, but he always stood out for me. Even though he hardly ever was the lead singer or the center of attention, I thought he was the coolest musician I ever saw. It became kind of ironic later on that I worshiped him as a kid. Later in my 20’s I was a drinker like him, went through many of the bad times I know he had experienced. I wasn’t a pop or rock star, but we had similarities. I was a guitar player and a father like Mo. I talked with him several times over the years at charity events and at the studio in Miami. He gave me strength to get help when I needed it most. I think what I admired about him was his determination to be a better guy for his wife and family. I could see that he loved his kids more than anything in the world. When I faced my worst challenges and made the decision to get the help I needed, it was Mo who inspired me. What made him so special was his kindness and his personality. He just loved people and genuinely wanted to reach out to the fans. It was a blast to watch him onstage, too, because his love of what he was playing and singing radiated into the audience. As a kid, I played my guitar and imagined being on stage with him. As a man, I was thrilled to have the real Maurice look me in the eye and talk with me. I felt like it was all about me when he spoke and not about him at all. I think of him all the time. I know he had a gift of knowing how to touch people, and I try to do the same and live by his example. He was just a gift in my life and all the fans’ lives and we all appreciate him and our memories of his amazing compassion.

About morobinbarrystories

Anne Jakowenko, the blog author, has been loving the Bee Gees for decades while raising her sons and teaching college students Speech Communication and English skills at her alma mater, Syracuse University, where she received her Master’s degree. She has also taught for SUNY Oswego and Barry University. Currently, Anne is teaching for the State College of Florida while she continues to collect stories for her book, My Life with the Boys.
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6 Responses to MAURICE WAS A GIFT

  1. Dianelys Sanchez says:

    I liked this story about Mo, I admire the guy and I agreed with you that Mo was the one that even though he wasn’t the center of attention, he reached out to his fans. In Miami where I grew up too you could find Mo in special events and he had his ear to ear famous smile.He was cool.

  2. Jen says:

    I appreciate this story about Mo. I never saw him in person and yet I still think of him quite often. He touched my life with his smile and his love of people. He just radiated warmth. He was a good example to us all and he is truly loved and missed.

  3. Amber says:

    Barry certainly had a lot of love for his younger brothers I’m sure that Robin Maurice and even Andy all knew that the Bee Gees are still a famous name singing group to this day even if Andy Maurice and Robin have all gone now.

  4. Amber says:

    I always thought it would be funny if John Lennon and Barry Gibb and his brothers Maurice and Robin had met each other when they were just kids LOL

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