Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees Just Got Knighted!

He shall henceforth be known as Sir Barry Gibb

The highest note of his career has come — Barry Gibb has been given the honor of knighthood at the Buckingham Palace in England. The last surviving Bee Gee was knighted by Prince Charles on June 26th. After he had been knighted, the 71-year-old music icon says he hopes his late brothers, twins Robin and Maurice, are proud of him.

Barry says, “If it was not for my brothers, I would not be here.”  Maurice died in 2003 due to intestinal complications while his twin, Robin, succumbed to cancer in 2012.

The trio had 15 number one hits in their 30-year career and pretty much defined the disco genre of the 70s with giant hits including “How Deep is Your Love,” ”Stayin’ Alive” and “Tragedy” among many.

Sir Barry shares a world record with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, having six consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one hits. Guinness World Records also lists Sir Barry as the second most successful songwriter in history only behind McCartney, who also received a knighthood back in 1997.

To Sir Barry, the knighthood honor was “a bit surreal” He added, “it is a high award that your culture can give you and that is something I am enormously proud of.”