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Something Missing Immortal

There’s something missing in the universe now.
To get it back, I don’t know how.
The shining bright star that was on earth
and shared a day of birth
has left our domain and is with the angels.

This light will forever shine,
shine in the hearts and eyes of
lovers falling in love,
parents loving each child,
friends saying they care,
for his song lives on forever
and his tunes forever will sing
as part of our lives.
Our hearts, our souls, and our love,
will forever keep him

by: Shelly Kelly 1/13/03

Howard Cohen, Miami Herald

The music industry, and South Florida in particular, lost a hell of a lot when Bee Gee Maurice Gibb died Sunday after emergency surgery for a blocked intestine. Gibb will be memorialized for his many contributions to popular music. That’s what he did for a living for more than 40 years as songwriter, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist with the Bee Gees. Songs such as Stayin’ Alive, Tragedy, Words, You Win Again and Lonely Days, all of which Gibb had a hand in writing and performing, are the soundtracks to the lives of countless people.

The Bee Gees’ accomplishments during Gibb’s tenure are almost without peer: an unprecedented six consecutive No. 1 singles from 1977’s How Deep Is Your Love through 1979’s Love You Inside Out. More than 110 million records sold worldwide. With more than 500 cover versions in existence, artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Janis Joplin and Celine Dion to Destiny’s Child have recorded one or more of their songs.

But, outside the spotlight and industry accolades, Gibb was also one of the most upbeat, accessible stars South Florida has known — and that might be his greatest legacy. He was a gracious human being in the highest echelons of the music business. These traits are often mutually exclusive.

When Gibb read a story in The Herald over the recent holidays about a quadriplegic Hialeah man whose wish was for a computer to help in his recovery process, Gibb called the paper with an offer to buy the man a computer.

“It’s Christmas, mate,” Gibb said

Elton John, singer

Elton John is in shock over the death of fellow British hitmaker Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees. “He was a really sweet and talented performer, a nice guy. What a sad way for his family to start the New Year.” John commented backstage Monday (January 13) at the American Music Awards: “It’s a tragedy and a huge shock, and someone who I’ve known for a long time, the Bee Gees, and someone who’s been 12 years sober, like me. For someone to go that quickly, I was really, really upset and sad.”

Brian Wilson, friend and singer of The Beach Boys.

Maurice Gibb was one of my favorite Bee Gee’s because his voice was so impressive. It made me happy and feel really good to hear him sing. His voice had a joy that touch one’s soul. On a personal level, I loved his sense of humor, and his spirit. He was a real friend to me.
“I remember when I inducted the Bee Gees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I sang [their song] Too Much Heaven. I was blown away by the experience only to find out later that Maurice was feeling the same sentiments. I will truly miss him. At a time like this, all my love and prayers go to his family and, of course, his brothers.”

Shania Twain, singer
“We all grew up listening to their music, so it’s a pretty sad time.”