A blessing or a curse? Every silver lining has a cloud, yet sadly Andrew Roy Gibb had to find that out the hard way. Born the fifth and final child to parents Barbara 17 November August and Hugh Gibb 15 January March Andy grew up with his three older siblings dominating the music charts, collectively known as The Bee Gees. Performing at clubs from the age of 13, it was suspected that Andy was to join The Bee Gees , yet Andy always wanted to be his own personality. Victimised at the many schools he went to by other students who were convinced he had a superiority complex due to his famous brothers, Andy escaped into his music. But it all came too fast and too soon. Andy got it all too fast, and his life was intermingled with years of depression that he tried to stay away with booze, drugs and women.
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Gibb came to international prominence in the late s with six singles that reached the Top 10 in the United States, starting with " I Just Want to Be Your Everything " , followed by three other top 20 singles. Gibb's success was brief due to drug addiction and depression. He died five days after his 30th birthday  while attempting a comeback.
It was 32 years ago today March 10th, that Andy Gibb died. Andy, who was the younger brother of the Bee Gees -- Barry , Robin and Maurice Gibb -- died just five days after his 30th birthday from an inflammatory heart virus exacerbated by years of substance abuse. Andy, who was almost a decade younger than his brothers, had desperately wanted to become part of the group, but because of his age he missed out on the Bee Gees' first era of success in the late-'60s. By the time he was 19, he had emigrated from Australia to be with his brothers, who helped him sign with Robert Stigwood, who managed the group and owned their record label, RSO. Success for Andy came fast, with his brother Barry's songwriting and producing help. The long shadow of the Bee Gees was never far from Andy when discovering his own musical success: "I don't honestly think I'd be here now if it wasn't for them, if they hadn't come along first. Well, who knows how it would've worked out? But my brother Barry gave me my first break. He produced my first records -- he wrote most of my hits, so, who's to say? If it hadn't been for him first.
With his knee-buckling good looks and his brothers' songwriting talents backing him up, year-old Andy Gibb staged an unprecedented display of youthful pop mastery in the 12 months following his American debut in the spring of And his star may have risen even higher were it not for the prodigious cocaine habit that derailed his career and contributed to his premature death. With his heart greatly weakened from years of cocaine abuse, Andy Gibb succumbed to an inflammatory heart virus on March 10, He was only 30 years old. In the summer of , Andy Gibb was barely 20 years old, and his third single, "Shadow Dancing," was the 1 song on the Billboard pop charts.