Andy Gibb: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Patrice Torillo |
Patrice Torillo /

Andy Gibb was the original heartthrob. The English singer and songwriter had girls swooning all throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Gibb might be gone, but he is anything but forgotten. Despite the fact that Gibb spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Andy Gibb. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: He Emigrated Before He Turned One Year Old. When Gibb was just six months old, he and his family emigrated from Manchester, England to Queensland, Australia. His family then moved several times within Australia, and he moved to the United Kingdom while his older brothers became famous as the Bee Gees.

Number Fourteen: He Was Extremely Mischievous. Growing up, Gibb’s mother described him as a “little devil” and a “little monster.” She said that he would often skip school and spent time in the horse stables on his family’s property instead.

Number Thirteen: He Quit School When He Was 13. Gibb gave up on school when he was just 13 years old, and he then began to play at various clubs around Spain – specifically, Ibiza.

Number Twelve: He Named His First Band After a Bee Gees Song. The first musical group Gibb was a part of was called Melody Fayre, and he named the group after a Bee Gees song. Gibb’s mother managed the group.

Number Eleven: He Has an Interesting Connection to the Eagles. The Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh worked with Gibb on two of the songs on Gibb’s first album, titled Flowing Rivers.

Number Ten: He Wrote Almost All of the Songs on His First Album. Gibb wrote eight of the 10 tracks featured on his first album, Flowing Rivers. This is incredibly impressive, especially considering the numerous artists who have to hire songwriters today.

Number Nine: He Was the First Male Solo Artist to Have Three Consecutive Number One Singles. In 1978, Gibb became the first male solo artist to have three consecutive number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100.