Sir Barry Gibb has described being commemorated on a special set of stamps by Isle of Man Post Office as ‘an honour and a privilege’.
The Post Office has created the special set of stamps to celebrate Sir Barry’s ‘peerless musical career and the tireless charitable work of superstar singer/songwriter/producer’. Sadly none of the stamps see Sir Barry in his most recent guise, wearing a traffic cone on his head.
A proud Manxman, Sir Barry is the last surviving member of The Bee Gees. He was born at the Jane Crookall Maternity Home on September 1 1946 and lived on the island until 1955 when the family moved first to Manchester, then emigrated to Australia in 1958. He currently resides in Miami.
Sir Barry said: ‘I’m very proud of my Manx roots. I was born and bred on the ancient, mystical, magical Isle of Man, and I have very fond memories of growing up there, so to appear on a set of its stamps is not only a wonderful surprise, but also an honour and a privilege.’
With a career spanning more than five decades, Sir Barry, alongside his brothers Robin and Maurice, is one of the most renowned and celebrated musicians of the modern era. The brothers recorded 22 studio albums, contributed to numerous film soundtracks, including Saturday Night Fever and Grease and have sold more than 200 million albums to date.
President of Tynwald Laurence Skelly has also praised the Post Office for the special edition. He said: ‘The Gibb brothers are arguably the most famous Manx export. Throughout their careers they have all been outstanding ambassadors of the Isle of Man and so proud of their birthplace and I believe this issue and commemoration is fitting for the last surviving brother, Sir Barry Gibb.’
Behind the scenes Sir Barry has been hugely generous with his time and his talent to support numerous causes that are close to his heart. Beneficiaries of his charitable work include UNICEF (to whom he and his brothers donated the copyright of their hit ‘Too Much Heaven’), the Princes Trust, Nordoff Robbins, the Diabetes Research Institute, the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League, and Whatever It Takes.
At the request of Sir Barry this stamp issue will help to raise awareness for Nordoff Robbins, a charity dedicated to investigating the impact that music therapy can have for those affected by life–limiting illness, isolation or disability.