Michael George Gibbins
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GIBBINS, MICHAEL GEORGE, age 56 of Oviedo, FL passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2005. He was born March 12, 1949 in Wales. He was a rare talent, both in his music and his skills as a loving father and husband. He brought laughter and music to the life of everyone he met in life through his band, Badfinger. He leaves a loving family both here in Oviedo, FL and over seas in Swansea, South Wales. He will always be remembered by those he met, and his spirit will live on through his legacy of music and of his sons. Michael is survived by his wife, Ellie; sons Owen, David and Adam all of Oviedo, FL; mother, Elizabeth Gibbins of Swansea, Wales; six sisters, Brenda, Barbara, Betty, Joyce, Marion, and Cilla all of Swansea, Wales. The family will receive friends, Friday October 7, 2005 from 6-8PM at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home. A Service of Remembrance will be Saturday, October 8, 2005 at 2PM at BALDWIN-FAIRCHILD FUNERAL HOMES OVIEDO CHAPEL, 501 East Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo, FL 32765. 407-366-3700.


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Published in Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 6, 2005.
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December 30, 2019
I bumped into someone the other day and somehow Badfinger was brought up regarding a commercial or a movie that had a song in it of recent.
Therefore, I thought I would stop by and say hello to Mike again.
Really nice also to see time doesn't fade all our memories. Nice words from fans reflect the respect and love we had for him...
Here is a pint for you Mike!!!
Brett D.H.McCartney
July 3, 2019
Love badfinger rip sir
Arry Jones
May 2, 2019
I enjoy his drumming style, very influential on how I play, I know Badfinger is a distant memory but I like many of their fans still love and respect the guys that were part of it. I wish I had been able to meet him. RIP sir
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Michael Gibbins
Michael George Gibbins was Talented, Artistic and A Gifted Musician. He was A Treasure For Everyone in The World to Enjoy! He Was Loved Deeply and He Will Be Remembered Forever! I'm thinking of you Michael and letting you know YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! Peace & Love
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March 10, 2019
Such a great band, a great bunch of mates. You taught me about drinking Guinness at room temperature, which I did not know, being a daffy American. Wish Tag and Fergie well, wherever they are.
Karen Downey
October 30, 2018
I'm an American-Always loved Badfinger, and thought they were as good as any on the scene then.
Great songs, fantastic production, inspiring music-
RIP Michael-All Saints Day!
Love and prayers to the family-Carry On!
Peace +, always.
G Sudano
October 23, 2018
Mike, I think of you often, especially when October comes rolling around. It was a pleasure to get to be around with you for awhile, jamming, recording, talking about MUSIC. You always had the best stories, like the time you were on tour and got left behind in a very cold NYC and had to go stay inside the NY Apple office with the security guard until an early morning call to the UK got you air fare to catch up with the band just in time for the next show. Your presence was a force and you will always be remembered by me and your many other fans. Only love to you and your family. Mike, Austin Powers never had nothin' on you!!-Peace 4Ever. I will always miss your annoying noises.
Will Varney
May 9, 2017
I got into Badfinger a few years ago, and being a younger person it's very sad that I never got the chance to see them live. Badfinger were so much more than "The Beatles of the 70s," they were brilliant and unique artists in their own right. Something that I found really profound about Badfinger's history is Mike Gibbins' contributions to their sound. Early on, Mike was just the drummer- a brilliant drummer nonetheless, but it wasn't until a few albums in that we got to hear his unique voice, catchy melodies, and ever-thoughtful lyrics about peace, love, and the human condition. Mike is definitely the most underrated member of the group, but his songs 'In the Meantime,' 'My Heart Goes Out', 'Back Again', and 'Your So Fine' are to Badfinger fans, some of the best gems in their entire catalog. I recently began listening to Mike's solo CDs and they have blown me away. His 1972 sessions in Wales are also brilliant, and it is an injustice to Badfinger fans that those tapes remain locked away, for they were better than some Badfinger songs of the same era. Anyone who is a fan of Badfinger, I implore you to look beyond their hits and listen to Mike Gibbins' songs. They are fantastic and so was he. Ten years on, RIP Mike. "And for you now, my heart goes out, once again."
Riley Smith
May 1, 2017
RIP Mike Gibbins!
Thank you for ALL your contributions, much more than many people even know. Not only were you a great drummer with great song sence of what the songs needed, you were also a good songwriter, who also played piano and guitar! I feel it was you that help Badfinger to progress musically, which can be clearly heard in YOUR song "In The Meantime" pretty progressive musically for you guys back then, Lord knows what else you guys would have achieved. I'm also a songwriter, huge Beatle fan, but the Beatles were like Gods, no one could compare, until you guys came along. You guys as Badfinger, seemed more human to me somehow, and I instantly identified and became a huge fan, and a songwriter, writing much in your style. In my originals when I'm writing I always hear your style of drumming ideas, as the ultimate style for my songs! I agree with another persons post here that you most likely were the level headed one. I remember meeting you and Tommy in 1982 at a club in NW subs of Chicago at the Thirsty Whale. After the show, you and Tommy hung out with my brother and I at the bar for hours, one of the most fulfilling days if my life, as you were sharing your stories of the good Badfinger Days. You guys were so charming, and down to earth. You did give me your autograph, which I still have thanks. I'm sorry about your passing, but much of you will live on forever, as Pete and Tom, as your musical influence is wide and deep. You guys were very unique. Bless your soul. Jensongs dot net
Scott Jensen
January 24, 2017
A Lee
September 18, 2016
I've recently become intrigued with Badfinger. I've been listening to the music and doing research on the group. I have heard about all the members but the drummer. I just found out tonight that Mr. Gibbins wasn't living anymore. All my respect to Michael Gibbins and his family and friends. Everything that happened to that group is so sad I could cry and I have. Pete Hamm, Tom Evans, Michael Gibbins and Joey Molland. I know them all now. So sorry for your loss.
Roger McCormick
September 2, 2016
Listing to a lot of Badfinger today. Thanks for the music!
keith
March 16, 2016
Nice thought Doing this Don - thank you.

I lost touch with Badfinger as a kid back in the 70', though around 3 months ago, 'No matter what', played on the radio, and instantly took me back.
After youtubing them, I didn't realise they sang such great (and tieless) songs.

All the boys up front having a great ol jam, and way at the back, this other guy, hardly seen, surrounded by his drum kit .
Being an up and coming drummer, I took notice how mike played his fills and technique, which we all so differently have, and mikes technique was all his , and so suited the Badfinger songs.

RIP mate, I now listen to your drumming on a daly basis, and glad I reunited with Badfinger - and Mike.
John (Sydney Australia, 17/3/16).
John Mack
February 8, 2016
Badfinger uk
Mike ...I am the drummer for Badfinger uk ....Bob Jackson's Badfinger
It is an honor and a privilege to be playing the songs that you played on ....LOVE your Drumming ...BRILLIANT ....RIP ...Love you and your family XXXXX
Ted Duggan
January 26, 2016
Dearest Michael Gibbins,
Thanks for being the drummer for one of the greatest pop rock bands of all time-

JM
J M
November 27, 2015
Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world and for leaving an amazing legacy.
October 19, 2015
Mike,
It was a pleasure to know and perform with you in Florida. We had such a great time getting to know you & your kind soul and great love for music.

I will always keep your sound alive with joy & smile at our nights playing louder than allowed at the Black Hammock! Your smile lit the place up!!

Until we meet again my friend. Cat Rucklos Williams ♥
Cat Rucklos-Williams
August 27, 2015
You were definitely one of the most underrated drummers of all time! Give a shout out to Pete and Tommy for me. RIP buddy!
Steve Massone
May 27, 2015
R.I.P.
Tony Wyn-Jones
May 26, 2015
Richard L
April 26, 2015
Great drummer, Shine On Mike.
J C
March 27, 2015
All way's in my thoughts R.I.P.
Tony Wyn-Jones
March 25, 2015
Awesome, tasty drumming , I was inspired to play from hearing Badfinger. Just Thanks.
March 25, 2015
Hey Michael, sorry I never saw you or the original Badfinger in concert. I enjoy Badfinder's music very much!!! I'll see you in Heaven!!!
Scott Abbinante
November 11, 2014
So under appreciated for their body of work !!! Bad finger is one of the Great Rock Bands of my generation!!!
Jim
October 20, 2014
sharon
October 13, 2014
I remember listening to you guys when I was growing up. RIP. You guys are having a Badfinger reunion in Heaven. Some day I hope to get to meet ya'll and here you play there!
Jeff Kindley
October 2, 2014
Gracias por la musica.
Desde Argentina te recordamos.
Martin Livieri
August 15, 2014
Sad to just learn of Mike's death. I had wondered what happened to him since watching a 'Directors Cut' of a Badfinger documentary, in which Mike is interviewed at the end. I still like Badfinger better than the Beatles!
James Bresnahan
June 29, 2014
Mike, you were the backbeat and the rhythm of my youth. The rock upon all which my favorite music stood. You will NEVER be forgotten. God bless your soul and your family. This is years after the fact, and I am an older man now, yet still your music affects my life. Rest in peace, brother. P.S. That is actually the name of my town.
Mark Sheaman
June 1, 2014
Rest in Peace Baby... You were one he'll of a drummer.
And so good looking... Love you.
Bertie Mary Lainey
May 29, 2014
i am a stones, fan but in my opinion you rank up there with the best of them , i must play your songs a dozen times a day you may be gone ,but NEVER NEVER forgotten.
keith wales
May 20, 2014
I can honestly say that you are my favorite south paw drummer. Awkwardly elegant is the best way I can describe it. And I mean that with the utmost respect. I just wish you guys would have gotten all that you deserved because EVERYBODY knows you deserved it. May the three of you rest in peace knowing that your legacy will live on!
Gordie Lambert
May 10, 2014
I HAVE MADE (3) THREE ATTEMPTS TO LEAVE A WONDERFUL, KIND MESSAGE AND HAVE ONLY BEEN HACKED TONIGHT TRYING TO RE-VISIT MIKE'S SITE...

I CAME BACK BECAUSE I CARE AND THINK ABOUT MIKE AND HIS FAMILY...I SENT INFO TO JOEY (MOLLAND), BUT NOTHING EVER CAME OUT OF IT...MIKE WAS A BETTER DRUMMER AS HE WAS CREATIVE AND SPONTANEOUS AND FELT THE GROOVE OF THE THE OTHER PLAYERS...REMEMBER, BASS PLAYER AND DRUMMER STAY IN SYNCT...

I WILL OCCASIONALLY RE-VISIT THIS SITE AS I WILL ALWAYS THINK OF MIKE...

B.D.H. McCARTNEY
May 10, 2014
TRIED (3X'S) TO PLACE A MESSAGE HERE AND HAD A VIRUS HIT MY COMPUTER...ALL I WANTED TO SAY WAS I CAME BACK TO PAY MY RESPECTS...BEEN HERE
BEFORE...STILL MISS MIKE...
BRETT D. H. MCCARTNEY
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