July 26, 2013
Barry Gibb is constantly the topic of conversation among fans, perhaps because he is “the last man standing” or perhaps because he is “out there” in the news and press more these days. There are many reasons why people love this man. This week I am posting one of the scores of “devotion” stories, as I call them. There is no stronger fan than a Barry Gibb fan!
I was compelled to write after reading the stories on this blog and on the internet, although I rarely spend time on Facebook or social sites. I am usually unable to find the time, but I do want to share some thoughts. I sometimes think that I have loved Barry Gibb since I was born. It really has been since I was a preteen and saw him for the first time on a poster in the record store. I was 11 and with my sister Carol who was buying the Bee Gee album “Children of the World”. When I first saw the publicity pictures for this album, I couldn’t stop staring at Barry. He looked like a model, so beautiful, wearing a leather jacket with a scarf around his neck, his hair all shaggy and sexy. I had never heard him sing and didn’t know his name until that day. He was my first love, and no singer or movie star came close to him after that encounter. I was a girl with a crush on a rock singer, but I never got over my crush. I must have listened to that album a hundred times that week after we got it home. It was like I was struck by lightening. I have to admit that Barry Gibb did become my obsession for several years, and eventually, he was just a part of my family. I bought and played every album after that first one, and I followed Barry through his life and all of the ups and downs. There were many sad times, such as Andy’s death and his back surgery and the birth of his daughter when she was so tiny and it was touch-and-go as to whether she would survive. I felt as though I was sharing his hard times, and I worried and prayed for him through it all. Seeing him perform in New York several times was an honor and a privilege, and I know why I have stayed a fan all these years to this day. He isn’t like most famous people; and I don’t have to be a personal friend to know this. Apart from the wonderful music, he has character and strength and is humble, which makes him appealing to everyone. He is loved by men and women equally because of these traits. There is no doubt that he is sexy and handsome, but his loving heart and his leadership, both within the Bee Gee group and for his family place him head and shoulders above all other musicians. I believe that this is why, more than fifty years after he began performing, fans have stayed with him and new fans as well are admiring him today. Many fans write about their challenges in life and how the Bee Gees have helped them through the music, and I appreciate the fans’ feelings. While I have been through many happy and difficult times myself, Barry Gibb and his music have been with me through it all, but it’s mostly because I respect him and his character that I feel this way. He is just a good man with a man’s strength, and a man who takes care of his family and that makes him beautiful to me.