Michael George Gibbins
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.

Published by Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 6, 2005.
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Thank you brother for being an inspiration. Say hi to Pete and Tommy for me. Rest Easy my friend!
Steve Maddone
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October 20, 2021
Saw Badfinger in Lethbridge Alberta about 50 years ago. My wife at the time was pregnant with our daughter and the band was so loud we thought it might have an impact on her pregnancy so we just moved into the lobby and listened to the rest of the great show. Still listen to the band today.
Bill Anderson
Other
October 18, 2021
Sadly missed. I used to live a few doors down from where he lived knowing his family and grew up with his music. My son has listened to and now loves their music, buys anything Badfinger. Just goes to show timeless. Keep them entertained upstairs.
Jeff Cole
October 12, 2021
You are missed, Mike. Rest In Peace.
Cher
Friend
October 2, 2020
You were an inspiration for me to play drums. I remember as a little boy growing up in the Boston area hearing Badfinger for the first time. Great childhood memories. Who would have know that we both settled in Florida later on in our lives. May yourself, Pete, and Tommy rest in peace. Thank you for your inspiration.
Steven Massone
October 1, 2020
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
December 30, 2019
Love badfinger rip sir
Arry Jones
July 3, 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 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 18, 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
March 10, 2019
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 30, 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
October 23, 2018
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 9, 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
May 1, 2017
A Lee
January 24, 2017
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 18, 2016
Listing to a lot of Badfinger today. Thanks for the music!
keith
September 2, 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
March 16, 2016
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
February 8, 2016
Dearest Michael Gibbins,
Thanks for being the drummer for one of the greatest pop rock bands of all time-

JM
J M
January 26, 2016
Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world and for leaving an amazing legacy.
November 27, 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
October 19, 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
August 27, 2015
R.I.P.
Tony Wyn-Jones
May 27, 2015
Richard L
May 26, 2015
Great drummer, Shine On Mike.
J C
April 26, 2015
All way's in my thoughts R.I.P.
Tony Wyn-Jones
March 27, 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
March 25, 2015
So under appreciated for their body of work !!! Bad finger is one of the Great Rock Bands of my generation!!!
Jim
November 11, 2014
sharon
October 20, 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 13, 2014
Gracias por la musica.
Desde Argentina te recordamos.
Martin Livieri
October 2, 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
August 15, 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 29, 2014
Rest in Peace Baby... You were one he'll of a drummer.
And so good looking... Love you.
Bertie Mary Lainey
June 1, 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 29, 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 20, 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
May 10, 2014
BACK AGAIN...I SEE SOME MESSAGES HAVE BEEN PURGED...WELL, YOU CANNOT PURGE MY MEMORY OF MIKE...BEST DRUMMER, (NEXT TO RINGO AND KEITH MOON),...WAS THERE, DID IT...SAW IT. FELT IT,...BEING A McCARTNEY MEANS NOT A THING UNLESS YOU MAKE A MARK IN LIFE AND INFLUENCE SOMEBODY WHO CAN TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE AND MAKE IT BETTER...MIKE DID JUST THAT AND ALLOWED YOU TO TAKE A STEP AHEAD
AS HE WAS INNOVATIVE...I CAME BACK TO THIS WEBSITE OUT OF RESPECT AND REMEMBRANCE AND LOVE...

BRETT D.H. McCARTNEY
May 10, 2014
God bless Mike Gibbins. Just read it today 2014 Feb 23. I'm enjoying Badfinger music again. Sorry for the loss.
February 23, 2014
I had no idea Mike had passed, it's sad to know that another of my drumming heroes has gone too soon. For me, Badfinger picked up where the Beatles left off, and Mike was my 'Ringo' during the early '70s. Rest in Peace.
Bermuda Schwartz
February 10, 2014
Just learned of Mike Gibbins passing. Bless his heart forever! Hope Mr. Gibbins is rocking out with Mr. Ham and Mr. Evans.
Rob Rose
January 22, 2014
Badfinger belongs in the R n'R Hall of Fame! I just learned Mike was gone. (Where have I been?)Every day gets closer for us all.
Ed Watt
January 2, 2014
Mike's drumming with Badfinger was intense. He was an asset to the band.
David Unkel
December 18, 2013
Mike - from one drummer to another...I miss you and your style. Glad you gave us some great songs over the years (not 'more annoying,' just great stuff haha). Rest in Peace, man
S J Thomson
December 16, 2013
Come on all uk fans of Badfinger lets get "BABY BLUE" to number one in the UK
December 2, 2013
God Bless all the members of Badfinger.
Rudy
November 30, 2013
You were an amazing drummer!
Truly an original!
November 17, 2013
Baby Blue should hit the UK charts soon and i'm sure all three Pete Tom and yourself are rocking to it in the Rock'n'Roll heaven in the Sky
Tony Wyn-Jones
November 1, 2013
Your quote on the fluke of Badfinger's downfall is archival:

"The large print giveth; the fine print taketh away."

You guys deserved success to the excess>
October 28, 2013
You will always be remembered, Mike. Rest in peace and jam with Pete and Tom in the Rock and Roll Heaven band.
Solitarieone
October 25, 2013
Thank you for all your art.
Johann Ingolfsson
October 8, 2013
cant believe its been 8 years!! miss you man!! R I P !!!
October 3, 2013
"May the wind be always at your back,
the sun always upon your face and
may the wings of destiny carry you aloft,
to dance with the stars."
Tim Markoski
October 2, 2013
You will never be forgotten Micky i'm going to try and add a photgraph of you but i'm not very good at it if I don't succsed maybe Gaynor can help
Tony Wyn-Jones
September 8, 2013
Rock in Peace Mike
September 6, 2013
Rock on....
wyn
July 26, 2013
You can borrow my cymbals anytime Mike for the great gig in the sky
Gary Meldrum
June 14, 2013
Would have loved to have seen you in Swansea this week for Pete Ham tribute, keeping the beat with Bob, Ron and Dai
David Werner
April 23, 2013
We miss you Mike! Your kids are just like you...
Aaron Hinson
March 12, 2013
sadly missed michael, great drummer, lovely man and i hope that my guide of amsterdam did you proud R.I.P
March 12, 2013
Mike, you seemed like the level headed one of the band. You made great music and were a "regular" guy. You will be sadly missed!
Carol Czapik
March 3, 2013
great music great band
much missed
scattman57
February 24, 2013
Mike,
You will be missed in the music world and as a friend to many.Rest in peace my friend.
February 22, 2013
We saw Badfinger at Boston garden in 1972 and then other boston gigs. Badfinger was our favorite band,very british and original. they could rock like no other. we still have our record collections which we will always keep. We felt very badly about the deaths of Pete and tom who we had the pleasure of meeting. They were very nice to their fans. It was sad to hear about Mike's passing. He was young. You can bet the three of them are making some great music up in heaven! rest in peace guys.Badfinger will always rule.
Linda and Brenda
February 22, 2013
Mike, You were the real stuff, the Apple Records top shelf musicians who could not be coppied. You had a great ride with fame and creativity.The wonderful memories you,Pete,Tom and Joey had will be remembered and cherished always. Rest in peace dear man.
Brenda
February 22, 2013
Gone But Not Forgotten
Tony Wyn-Jones
February 19, 2013
RIP beautiful boys Pete, Tommy, and Mike...Much missed...
February 18, 2013
foi um mebro especial no badafinger ele era muito bom com as backetas nas maos.
Djalma Rosa Castro castro
February 12, 2013
Still in my thoughts
February 7, 2013
Thanks for the music and memories Mike...
Lawrence Alicz
February 5, 2013
Miss you Mike.
Lore Podruchny
February 5, 2013
Dear Brenda and Faml.Iam so sorry to hear of your beloved Brother had passed away, ive been living up Rhoddfar Brain and we did know each other pretty good, so i know how hard it must have been.I will pray for him.God bless all of you.
Frank Wiesner of Herford (Germany)
Frank Wiesner
December 30, 2012
All the best to Mike's family on this Christmas Day.
Cary Caldwell
December 25, 2012
My cousin Gaynor was his first wife and they both had a son called Owen,when Owen was young and living is a house near Ynysforgan he took me to show me the art which was of American super heroes on a blackboard black base so that he could write his own stories,which Mike his father had painted on his bedroom wall.That is what I always mainly remember of Mikembest wishes,Terry.
terry jones
December 22, 2012
This time of the year is all way's hard for families of loved ones past on and i'm sure our son Jonathan who passed away at the age of 20 after a massive seizure and i'm sure he's teamed up with Micky and all the other great Welsh guy's up there R.I.P. Micky & Jonathan
Tony Wyn-Jones
December 9, 2012
Your Badfinger music is a joy to this day and will be forever. You are not forgotten. You are greatly missed. Keep the gigs going above.
Judy J
December 7, 2012
I m saddened to hear of your death I was a big Bad finger Fan and seen the band in Cargney Hall N Y I wish you peace and love
William Carey
November 12, 2012
We can't believe its nearly 7 years since you've gone Mike. How we miss those early days in Swansea when we were learning our trade, stealing riffs off each other, the only thing is you were left handed and I am right. My wife grew up living next door to you and your sisters and her brother Ivor was the guitarist in your first ever band at the age of 14. God those were the days, we miss you mush. We know how much you loved Ellie and the boys in Florida and your welsh family here at home and to us, you will always remain a welsh boy who made it bigtime. We hope you are making beautiful music with the rest of Badfinger up there in heaven.
We think of you often and you will never be forgotten.
All our love, Louise and Terry Williams
Terry Williams
June 29, 2012
clive davies
June 2, 2012
The original Badfinger lineup with Mike was the greatest. I still enjoy watching performances on YouTube. Mike really put everything he had into those. So enjoyable to watch and listen to. Sadly missed.
Randy
May 6, 2012
One of the best drummers ever.Along with Pete and Tom, he made Badfinger.RIP Mike.
Frank Cunningham
May 3, 2012
Not a pleasant thing to return from Spring break to. I have seen Badfinger several times at small venues since the 80's. Not only do they sing my favorite song of all time, it is sad that only one member remains with us today. RIP Mike. Your work with Badfinger will always be remembered.
Wayne Howell
March 19, 2012
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