Stamp set celebrates Bee Gee Maurice Gibb’s life

Maurice Gibb CBE would be “delighted” with new set of Isle of Man stamps celebrating his life and career, his son has said.

The eight-stamp collection features images of the performer, who was born in Douglas before going on to form one of the most successful groups of all time with twin Robin and older brother Barry.

The images were captured by music photographer Guido Karp during a world tour in 1991.

Adam Gibb said it was “wonderful” to see the images of his father on the stamps, as he had “always been very proud of his Manx roots”.

The tribute also marks only the second collection the Isle of Man Post Office has released on 29 February in its 50 year history.

The post office previously released a set of stamps celebrating the career of Barry Gibb in 2021.

Maurice Gibb’s musical career began when he and his brothers Barry and Robin formed the Bee Gees in 1958.

The trio is among the biggest-selling groups of all time with hits including Stayin’ Alive, which featured on soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever, which was one of the best-selling albums of the 1970s.

He died at the age of 53 due to complications from a twisted intestine in 2003.

The images were captured during the High Civilization world tour in 1991, which was the group’s 10th concert tour in support of their 19th studio album.

Mr Karp, who has also photographed Tina Turner and Elton John, said was “honoured” to have the images featured on the collection as the band held “a special place for me both professionally and personally”.

He said the musician’s “untimely death” had “left behind a legacy of much-loved music and memories”.

The stamps will support and help to raise awareness for music-therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins, a cause Adam Gibb said was “was very close to my dad and his brothers”.

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