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Sunday
Mar102013

Andy Gibb: Remembering the Disco Sensation 25 Years Later

Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On March 10, 1988, disco sensation and teen idol Andy Gibb died of heart failure at the age of 30.

While he was the youngest brother in the Gibb family, Andy was never an actual “Bee Gee.”

He was best known for his No. 1 single “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” written by Barry Gibb.

Andy had other hits including “(Love Is) Thicker than Water,” “Shadow Dancing,” “Time Is Time” and “Me (Without You).”

However through the years, he struggled with alcohol and drugs — and relationships.

In the early ’80s, Andy and actress Victoria Principal were in a tumultuous two-year relationship.

“I just fell apart and didn’t care about anything. I started to do cocaine around the clock — about $1,000 a day,” he told People magazine at the time.

His family supported him financially and emotionally, encouraging him to go to the Betty Ford clinic in 1985.

The Bee Gees later recorded “Wish You Were Here” in memory of Andy.

Maurice Gibb told Larry King in 2002 that their father, Hugh Gibb, “literally died when Andy died.”

It was a “guilt thing,” according to Robin Gibb, who told King that his father was “very bitter for three years” after Andy’s death. Hugh Gibb died in 1992.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Disco Star Andrea True Dead at 68

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(KINGSTON, N.Y.) -- Andrea Marie Truden, lead singer of the '70s disco act Andrea True Connection, died Nov. 7 in Kingston, N.Y., reports the Daily Freeman. She was 68. A cause of death was not released.  

Truden started her career as an adult film actress, appearing in some 60 hardcore porn films as Andrea True, but caught the disco wave with the 1976 smash hit "More More More," which reached #4 on the Billboard chart.

True returned to porn for a short time after she was unable to match the success of "More More More" -- her follow-up singles "What's Your Name What's Your Number" and "N.Y. You Got Me Dancing" were nowhere near as popular.  She later retreated from the spotlight completely.  

In 1999, the alt-rock group Len sampled "More More More" in their hit "Steal My Sunshine," briefly reviving interest in the singer.  The song is also currently being used in a TV ad for the cereal Honey Bunches of Oats.

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