Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, passed away yesterday following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. He was 62. Robin was a founding member of the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and twin Maurice. In 1994, the brothers Gibb were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum.The third-born of five children, Gibb had one older sister, Lesley (born 1945), and three brothers: Barry (born 1946), twin Maurice (1949–2003), and Andy (1958–1988 ).
Robin Gibb not only co-wrote many of the Bee Gees’ best-known songs, he also sang lead vocals for the group in their formative years. The Bee Gees peaked in the disco era with the music but proved a formidable force in the industry, selling more than 120 million records over a career that spanned four decades. The group has had 15 top 10 records in the United States, including six consecutive No. 1 singles in the late ’70s, and won six Grammy Awards. Despite early success and comparisons to The Beatles, they were mostly known for being at the forefront of the disco era. Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gibb and the Bee Gees leave behind a string of memorable songs and albums, including the record-breaking soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever and it’s dance anthem Stayin’ Alive. Despite the group’s popularity, Robin Gibb always stayed committed to a solo career, releasing many albums (7) and numerous singles to varying degrees of success. One such album was How Old Are You? which spawned the hit Juliet. The song didn’t make a splash in the U.S. or the U.K., but was popular in many European countries, hitting No. 1 in Germany and Italy.
Robin’s death is the latest heartache for the family, which has suffered a string of misfortunes, including the 1988 death of youngest brother Andy, 30, and the 2003 passing of Robin’s twin, Maurice, 53. He leaves behind his second wife Dwinna and son, a son & daughter from his first marriage and one out of wedlock.
Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012)