Barry Gibb to make debut at Grand Ole Opry

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14: Barry Gibb performs on stage during the Sound Relief concert at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 14, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. The Melbourne and Sydney simultaneous concerts have been organised to raise funds for victims of the recent Victorian bushfires and Queensland floods, with profits split equally between the two causes. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Barry Gibb Mark Metcalfe

Barry Gibb performs at the Sound Relief concert at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 14, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.
(CBS News) Barry Gibb will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday in Nashville.

The 65-year-old Bee Gees singer said he's looking forward to the performance.

"I have dreamed of performing on the hallowed stage of the Opry since I was 12 years old, so this is a dream come true for me," he said in a statement. "There is no greater honor."

Gibb has some ties to Nashville and country stars, as the Bee Gees wrote the song, "Islands in the Stream," which went on to become a hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983.

The Grand Ole Opry performance comes a couple of months after the death of Gibb's brother, Robin Gibb, who succumbed to cancer in May at age 62. Their brother, Maurice Gibb -- also a Bee Gee -- died in 2003 at 53.

Last month, the only surviving Bee Gees member remembered his brothers in a heartfelt tweet:


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