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Spencer Gibb
Birth nameSpencer David Gibb
Also known asJez Spencer
Born (1972-09-21) 21 September 1972 (age 46)
London, England
GenresAlternative rock, power pop, contemporary R&B, soul[1]
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, drums
Years active1994—present
LabelsRock Ridge Music
Associated acts54 Seconds

Spencer David Gibb[2] (born 21 September 1972)[3] is a British musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He was a founder member of Austin, Texas-based band 54 Seconds. He is the first-born child of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and Molly Hullis.

Early life

Spencer David Gibb was born on 21 September 1972 in London, England, as the first child of Robin Gibb, an English musician and member of the Bee Gees, and Molly Hullis, who worked as the personal assistant to the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein until his unexpected death in 1967. Gibb's godfather was Robert Stigwood, who managed the Bee Gees and Cream.[4] On his father's side he has English, Irish and Scottish descent.[5] He was named Spencer by his father in honor of Robin's idol Winston Churchill, and his middle name David which was a tribute to his mother's late brother. At the time of his birth, the Bee Gees were recording Life in a Tin Can around September as his father had to leave the sessions on 21 September,[6] and when his father returned to the sessions in a rented house in Los Angeles, Tom Kennedy recalls: "Robin was at home and when we came in, he was asleep on the floor. He'd been waiting up just to tell us about Spencer. He woke up and he was really excited". And when his father rushed on the family's home to meet Gibb he said, "Molly and I have been longing for a baby. I feel as though I'm living on cloud nine".[7]

He started writing songs on piano and keyboards when he was about 11-12 as a day pupil at Scaitcliffe (now known as Bishopsgate), in Surrey, UK. At 14 he left the prestigious St.Paul's Public School in Barnes, London, to become a professional musician. He first started playing in bands in England and was working as a solo artist for a long time. Gibb moved to New York City where he dropped the keys in favor of the guitar. In the early 1990s, he moved to Florida and then moved to Austin, Texas and was originally begin with a dream, a dream urging him to moved to Texas from Florida as he explains: "If there's anything I can say about living in Miami and doing drugs, it's that I learned to play guitar".

Career

1996—1997: Solo artist and 4-Track Mind

He recruited J.J. Johnson, Stewart Cochran, Johnny Goudie and Einar to play on his first album. Johnson suggested Cochran, who he had seen play with Abra Moore and David Garza. Gibb e-mailed Cochran, who at the time was touring Europe with Jimmy LaFave. When Cochran got back to Texas, he hooked up with Johnson and Gibb at the Austin Rehearsal Complex (ARC), and after hearing some demos, decided that he was in for the long haul. Around the same time, he released his debut album 4-Track Mind under the name 'Jez Spencer'. Later, Goudie left to form his band Goudie. After eight months, Einar also left as he also participated on the band Goudie. The remaining musicians played with a numerous of bassists including George Reiff. For the next few months, they played shows, until Reiff left. That is when they decided they wanted to really figure out their own unique sound and get serious and with that they found Glenn McGregor. It was their overseas manager at the time, Mark Chaplin, that suggested they pitch their music to his London partner John Wadlow. After sending Wadlow a few of their demos, Gibb phoned him. Wadlow and Gibb clashed from the word go. Wadlow was not impressed with the band being unnamed, and he only liked one of the songs, "In A Box," but he thought the chorus came in too late.[8] Gibb's backing band consisted of J. J. Johnson, Johnny Goudie and Einar, but when Einar and Goudie left the band, the remaining members had performed with numerous bassists including George Reiff.

1998—present: 54 Seconds

By 1998, the name was changed to 54 Seconds as they released numerous studio and live albums, they also released two singles. He also made his first film in 2005 on Hello God? as Pastor Jones, the film, along with Stewart Cochran (also a member of 54 Seconds). In 2007, 54 Seconds later covered "Run to Me" for Gibb's father and was included on A Song For My Father.[9] Gibb also stars in Hostage (2008) as Charlie, McCartney's Genes (2008) as Zeke Scott. He also participated composing the soundtrack for Between Floors and also appearing on that film as a part of the crowd.[10]

Influences

Gibb stated that he was influenced by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Prince.[11]

Discography

  • 4-Track Mind (1997)
  • Beautiful Mess (2010)
  • Let's Start Over (2018)

with 54 Seconds

  • Postcards from California (2007)

Filmography

Gibb has acted in television and films. A sampling of his films and TV roles follows:[10]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Hello God? Pastor Jones
2005 The King Praise Band musician
2008 Hostage Charlie Short film
2008 McCartney's Genes Zeke Scott
2009 Between Floors audience member
2010 The Notice Margarete Short film
2011 Proper Villains The tailor
2015 Anatomy of Evil Willard Movie

References

  1. ^ "Spencer Gibb Biography". Reverbnation. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Spencer Gibb Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ "The Bee Gees at Angelfire". Angelfire. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ Moser, Margaret. "Spencer Gibb tiptoes atop 54 Seconds". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Featured Articles – Robin Gibb". TheGenealogist.co.uk. 22 December 1949. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  6. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  7. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ Moser, Margaret. "Spencer Gibb tiptoes atop 54 Seconds". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Various - A Song For My Father". Discogs. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Spencer Gibb Filmography". IMDb. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Spencer Gibb Biography". Poppyseed. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
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