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Sir Barry Gibb: Bee Gees Member Knighted By Prince Charles At Buckingham Palace



Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees, has been knighted by Prince Charles in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 26.

The 71-year-old was recognized for his service to the music industry and for his charitable efforts.

Sir Barry Gibbs Knighted In Buckingham Palace

"If it was not for my brothers, I would not be here," said the singer, songwriter, and record producer. "If I had spent my whole life writing songs on my own, it would have meant something else altogether."

Barry formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Maurice and Robin in 1958. The iconic group immediately found success and became a powerhouse of pop music in the late '60s and throughout the '70s. The group released the hits "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive," and "Saturday Night Fever."

The Bee Gees released six consecutive hits that landed on top of the Billboard Hot 100. They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

They also wrote hit songs for other artists, including Barbra Streisand ("Woman in Love," "Guilty"), Dolly Parton ("Islands in the Stream"), Celine Dion ("Immortality"), and Diana Ross ("Chain Reaction").

Maurice passed away in 2003 from a bowel operation. His twin Robin died from cancer in 2012.

Sir Barry Gibb Dedicates Knighthood To Maurice, Robin

Sir Barry, who is still being accustomed to his new title, dedicated the honor to his brothers and hopes that they are proud of him. He added that he would have loved to celebrate the special day with Maurice and Robin by his side.

"It is a high award that your culture can give you and that is something I am enormously proud of," the musician stated.

The British artist was also appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002. He was also declared the second most successful songwriter in history behind The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney by the Guinness World Records, noted USA Today.

Sir Barry continues to make and perform music to this day. Last year, he played a "Legends" set at the Glastonbury Music Festival.

In April, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic musical Grease, the singer-songwriter released the long-lost original demo he created for the 1978 movie.

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