Obit of the Day (Breaking): Bee Gee Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who created the popular rock group The Bee Gees, has died at the age of 62. Gibb fell into a coma on April 14 and although he recovered his health remained weak.
Although British-born, Robin, his twin brother Maurice, and their older brother Barry, moved to Australia as children and began performing not long after their arrival. (The younger brother Andy was an infant when they moved.) The Bee Gees released their first album in 1965, and actually became international stars for the first time in 1967 with the release of Bee Gees 1st.
Of course the Bee Gees hit the height of their fame with the release of the Saturday Night Fever film soundtrack in 1977. The Gibb brothers performed six songs on the two-album set, four of which became number 1 hits: “Stayin’ Alive,” “More Than a Woman,” (actually the version sung by Tavares, but written by the Gibbs, was the hit), “How Deep Is Your Love,” and “Night Fever.” They also wrote Yvonne Elliman’s number hit from the soundtrack, “If I Can’t Have You.”(The album went 15x platinum and earned five Grammy Awards in 1978 and 1979 and was the best-selling of all time until the release of Thriller in 1984.)
The Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. They are the sixth best-selling music act in rock and roll history after Elvis, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney. (Well as of their induction they were.)
Robin, who actually had a successful solo career, during the 1960s - his hit “Saved by the Bell” would reach #2 on the UK charts in 1967 - would share lead vocal duties with his brother, Barry. (It’s Barry’s falsetto that is most recognizable in their disco-era hits, though.)
Robin Gibb was suffering from several recent health problems including cancer and intestinal surgery. Of the four Gibbs brothers, only Barry is still alive - ironically he is the oldest. Maurice died suddenly in 2003 at 53, while Andy died at 30 in 1983 from myocarditis.
Additional source: Wikipedia.org
(Image of Barry, left, Robin, center, and Maurice circa 1959 after they had moved to Australia from England is courtesy of the Daily Mirror.)
h/t to Josh Sternberg - a fellow Jersey boy you should follow.