Knight fever! Bee Gees icon Barry Gibb receives knighthood

Arise, Sir Bazza.

Bee Gees star Sir Barry Gibb has paid tribute to his late brothers as he collected his knighthood.

The 71-year-old music icon said he hoped that brothers Robin and Barry were proud of him as he collected the honour at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Barry, the sole surviving member of the disco icons, told the Press Association: “If it was not for my brothers, I would not be here.

“If I had spent my whole life writing songs on my own, it would have meant something else altogether. I hope and pray that they are aware of what has happened and that they are proud. I believe in that.”

Gibb was honoured for his services to music and charity.

During his time with the Bee Gees, Gibb helped the band become one of the most successful acts of all time, with a slew of global hits including Night Fever, Stayin Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Tragedy and Words.

Maurice Gibb died from complications after an operation to correct an intestinal blockage in 2003, while Robin died from cancer in 2012.

Sir Barry has also written a string of hits for other successful artists including Destiny Child’s Emotion and Islands In The Stream for Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Describing the honour, he said: “It is a high award that your culture can give you and that is something I am enormously proud of.”