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Bee Gees' Barry Gibb made an honorary Companion in the Order of Australia. Good on him!

Honorary Gazette and Media Notes January 2022


Sir Barry Alan GIBB CBE, United States of America
For eminent service to the performing arts as a musician, songwriter and record producer, to the advancement of Australian music artists, and to philanthropy.

Sir Barry Gibb CBE is one of the co-founding and only surviving members of pop legends, the Bee Gees. Alongside his twin brothers, Maurice and Robin, the Bee Gees became one of the most commercially successful pop groups in musical history, selling over 220 million records worldwide.

The Bee Gees have influenced, and made significant contributions to, the Australian music industry and its emerging artists and producers, particularly during the formative years of Australian popular music.

Over Sir Barry's distinguished and notable music career he has amassed multiple Grammy awards (including the prestigious Legend Award, Hall of Fame Award and Lifetime Achievement Award), as well as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and having number one songs in the 1960s,1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

Aside from Sir Barry's stellar music career, he is known for his philanthropic work, which saw him recognised in the United Kingdom through his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002 and a Knight Bachelor in 2018. An example of his involvement in charitable events was 'Sound Relief’, with Olivia Newton-John AC DBE at the Sydney Cricket Ground to raise funds for those affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

On the basis of his longstanding support and development of the Australian music industry which he helped bring to an international audience and for philanthropy, Sir Barry Gibb CBE has been recognised with an appointment as an Honorary Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC).