The news just let me know Robin has lost his battle to cancer and has passed away today. More info to come!
Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.
"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," reads the statement. "The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."
Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a "spectacular recovery," a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia.
Gibb was born in Manchester, England, in 1949, along with twin brother Maurice. (Maurice died in 2003 of complications from a twisted intestine; eerily, Robin had surgery for the same medical issue in 2010.) Along with their older brother Barry, the brothers began harmonizing as a trio in Australia, where the family moved in 1958. Although the Bee Gees had some success in Australia – they hosted a weekly variety show there – they didn't truly arrive until they returned to England and signed with manager Robert Stigwood. Robin's quivering, vulnerable voice was featured prominently on several of the group's earliest and most Beatles-eque hits, including "New York Mining Disaster 1941," "I Started a Joke," "Massachusetts," and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You."
Although he looked and sounded like the meekest Bee Gee, Robin grew into the family rebel. By 1969, he and Barry were feuding over whose song should be singles, and Robin, then 20, was declared a "ward of the state" by their father when his drinking and partying seemed to take over his life. "It happened so fast that we lost communication between us," Gibb later recalled. "It was just madness, really."
But it also Robin who, in 1971, made the first call to Barry to reunite with his brothers. Robin's solo career had stalled, and Barry and Maurice's attempts to continue as the Bee Gees as a duo had floundered as well. "If we hadn't been related, we would probably have never gotten back together," Robin said at the time. Robin's voice was heard, beautifully, on the chorus of their minor 1972 hit "Run to Me."
The Bee Gees' massive second wind arrived with their proto disco hit, "Jive Talkin'," in 1975; two years later, their contributions to Saturday Night Fever made them bigger stars than ever. Most of the hits from that era featured Barry's falsetto voice, but the brothers' vocal blend remained an indelible apart of their sound.
The group entered another fallow period during the early Eighties, although during this time, Robin produced a semi-hit album by Jimmy Ruffin, brother of the Temptations' David Ruffin. The last Bee Gees album, This Is Where I Came In, was released in 2001. Two years later, Maurice died, and with his passing the Bee Gees ended. (Their other, younger brother Andy died in 1988.)
Robin and Barry reunited periodically – in 2010, they made an appearance on American Idol and inducted ABBA into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – and talked about a duo tour, but nothing materialized. Robin, though, kept his hand in music. With his son Robin-John, he wrote an ambitious piece, The Titanic Requiem, a mix of orchestral and vocal pieces telling the story of the doomed liner on the 100th anniversary of its sinking. "It's a serious subject and it's not a rock opera," Gibb said before its debut. "There are no backbeats. This could have been written 300 years ago."
Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the work had its world premiere in London on April 10th. But in a sign that Gibb's health had taken a turn for the worse, he wasn't able to attend. Ironically, next week's episode of Glee will include covers of Bee Gees songs from Saturday Night Fever.
I saw that on FB. So sad. As a child (and teen) of the 70's, the Bee Gees were a huge part of my youth. First Andy, then Maurice, and now Robin. Poor Barry, and their parents. Sending prayers to them all.
So very sad. It looked hopeful that he would recover.
May he Rest in Peace.
The Stir had a little on this too...
tonight from the music world as Robin Gibb, co-founder, of the
Disco-era band, the Bees Gees, has died.
According to CNN, he passed away today at age 62 after "a long battle with
cancer and intestinal surgery."
was one of the three Gibb brothers who made up the band that largely
defined disco. Robin's twin brother Maurice
passed way in 2003; and now Barry Gibb, who made up the final
third of the band, is the only brother left living. Their younger brother,
Andy Gibb, passed away in 1988, at the age of
disco ball that so illuminated their success eventually dimmed, their music
lived on long past that and always will. Here are five of the greatest
Bee Gees songs in memory of Robin, who is hopefully doing the hustle
somewhere up above now.
songs have had the staying power of this one. If you haven't ever danced to it
with your finger pointed, you haven't ever really danced.
How Deep Is Your Love
think of roller skating rinks every time I hear this song. Could there be a more
perfect song for couple's skate time?
I've Got to Get a Message to You Girl
beautiful song, here Robin Gibb is singing it in 2008.
I Started a Joke
sad one, but lovely nonetheless.
about groovy music, this is it.
are your favorite songs from the Bee Gees?
oh no, very sad
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