Updated: May 7
Andrew Roy Gibb was born on 5 March 1958 in Stretford, Lancashire. He was the youngest of five children born to Barbara and Hugh Gibb. He had four siblings: his sister, Lesley Evans; and three brothers, Barry and fraternal twins Robin and Maurice.
Andy Gibb emigrated with his family to Redcliffe in August 1958, and the Gibb family lived in Redcliffe for 16 months.
When the family emigrated in August 1958, Andy was only 5 months old, older sister Lesley 13years, Barry 11years, and paternal twins Maurice and Robin were 9 years old.
The Gibb family firstly lived at Orient House after arriving in 1958, and then 394 Oxley Ave and finally 12 Fifth Ave Scarborough for a year until January 1960.
12 Fifth Ave Scarborough:
The family then moved to Cribb Island in January 1960 when Andy was almost 2 years old.
After moving several times between Brisbane and Sydney, Andy returned to the United Kingdom in January 1967 as his three older brothers began to gain international fame as the Bee Gees.
He came to prominence as a solo artist in the late 1970's when six of his singles, all Top Ten on the USA charts.
In 1979, Gibb performed along with the Bee Gees, ABBA and Olivia Newton-John (duet with "Rest Your Love on Me") at the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly, which was broadcast worldwide.
He left Australia in 1967 and moved to the Isle of Man, where he formed a band called Melody Fayre which was managed by his mother Barbara.
After seven years in the United Kingdom, he moved back to Australia and began the best period of his music career, achieving international success between 1975 to 1980.
As an adult he battled depression and drug addiction and at 30 years, died as a result of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle most likely caused by a virus. Years of drug addiction has also weakened his heart.
Andy Gibb is listed on the wall of the Redcliffe Wall of Fame:
A collection of portrait and information honouring the achievements of individuals who have influenced and shaped Redcliffe. The collection is in the Jetty Arcade at 139-141 Redcliffe Parade.
For a complete list of people who appear on the wall click on the following blog post: