Tragedy has struck again in the music world with the passing of popular Pop and Disco singer Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who died, after a long bout with colorectal cancer, at the age of 62. With Robin’s death, eldest brother Barry is the only surviving member of the Gibbs, and the last living Bee Gee.
Robin, born to English parents on the Isle Of Man, found fame alongside his twin brother Maurice (who passed in 2003) and older brother Barry after starting their careers in Australia after the family moved there from Manchester. The Gibb brothers would see their careers blossom in the late 60s, notably drawing comparisons to fellow English Pop darlings the Beatles.
Although the Bee Gees have had various levels of success over the course of their 22 albums together, it was 1977’s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack that propelled them to international fame and helped put Disco music on the map. With six tracks on the soundtrack, the Bee Gees cemented their legacy with their contributions and the release won a Grammy award for Best Album as well. Hip-Hop has sampled the Bee Gee’s numerous times over the years, including Snoop Dogg “Ups & Downs” and Wyclef Jean “We Trying To Stay Alive.”
Robin Gibb had stints as a soloist, releasing seven studio albums and a host of singles. He remained close to music even as his health began to fail him and performed his final show last February. From two marriages and another relationship, Robin leaves behind two sons and two daughters.
Rest in peace, Robin Gibb.
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