Robin Gibb

Andy Gibb

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QUESTION:  Andy Gibb had four siblings, including older brother Barry.  Who of the following was not one of them?
A)  Maurice
B)  Lesley
C)  Cynthia
D)  Robin

Anyone with an appreciation for the music of the seventies has definitely heard of the Gibb brothers.  Three of them would become international superstars in their own band, called the Bee Gees.  The Bee Gees formed in 1958, the same year their younger brother Andy was born. He was nine years old when they had their first number one hit called "Massachusetts," in their native United Kingdom.  It wouldn't be until 1971 before they reached number one in the United States, with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart."  Andy was thirteen. Their star dominated the musical skies by 1977, when their soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever proved disco would last forever.  By that time, Andy had been the lead singer of a few different bands. None of them took off, but his solo career did.  With the help of older brother Barry, Andy released his first record, Flowing Rivers, which included his "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and garnered the youngest Gibb some positive attention.

Andy's second album, the subject of today's blog, is called Shadow Dancing. It came out in April 1978, by which time he had become a teen heart throb.  It would be his hugest success. The songs were all written by Andy and his three brothers and gave Gibb four top-twenty hits. Andy would only record one more album - 1980's After Dark - prior to his untimely death at the age of thirty. Some diagnoses of Gibb's death claimed he died of natural causes, although it is likely his heart failed in part due to complications from years of cocaine abuse. Sadly, of the four Gibb brothers, only the oldest, Barry, remains with us today, but we have their music with us always.  Come to the American Treasure Tour and admire Andy's sophomore album, displayed on our vinyl wall in the Music Room.

ANSWER:  C)  Cynthia.