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Singer Robin Gibb from the legendary pop band Bee Gees is dead at 62!

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So Sad again a great loss to the music world...just four days after Donna Summer

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies after cancer battle

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Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has died aged 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The announcement was made by his family with "great sadness".

British-born Gibb's musical career began when he formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958.

The group are among the biggest-selling of all time with hits spanning five decades, including Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.

"He had an incredibly witty sense of humour and was fun to be around”

End Quote Dionne Warwick Singer

Gibb's family said in a statement: "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.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time."

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini described the singer as "one of the major figures in the history of British music".

The singer Dionne Warwick, whose biggest hit Heartbreaker was written by the Gibb brothers, said of Robin: "He was wonderful. He was a jokester.

"He had an incredibly witty sense of humour and was fun to be around. All three of them were sensational gentlemen first, just fun loving guys."

'Phenomenal legacy'

The Gibb brothers were born in the Isle of Man but grew up in Manchester, later moving to Australia.

The Bee Gees notched up album sales of more than 200 million worldwide since their first hits in the 1960s.

"Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music," Gambaccini said.

Robin Gibb had "one of the best white soul voices ever", he said, adding that the group's accomplishments had been "monumental".

"Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child... the list goes on and on."

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair, a friend of Gibb, has paid tribute, saying he would "miss him very much".

"Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being," Mr Blair said.

Musicians have been taking to Twitter to pay their respects.

Canadian singer Bryan Adams wrote: "Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young."

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks wrote: "The soundtrack of my wonder years is vaporizing one artist at a time with these iconic musical losses lately."

Justin Timberlake, meanwhile, described Gibb as "a truly brilliant musician", adding: "One of my idols. My heart goes out to the Gibb family in this time of sorrow."

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, who was a family friend, said: "Robin had the voice, the pathos, and he was a great writer.

"He had a gift for melody and a gift for lyrics and left a phenomenal legacy, a phenomenal catalogue."

Referring to the Bee Gees, he said: "They had every award, every gold disc, every platinum disc, the Grammys, the lot, and had been doing it so long but were still so good at it."

Gibb had battled ill health for several years.

In 2010, he cancelled a series of shows after suffering severe stomach pains while performing in Belgium. He went on to have emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

His twin brother and band partner Maurice died in 2003 aged 53 following complications from a twisted intestine.

Robin Gibb cancelled a series of shows in Brazil in April 2011, after again suffering from abdominal pains.

Robin Gibb speaking in 2011: "We felt we had licence to go into areas where other people would fear to go"

Later that year, he was found to have cancer of the colon after having surgery on his bowel for an unrelated condition.

He was later also diagnosed with cancer of the liver, and underwent chemotherapy and surgery.

Last month the singer fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia.

Four weeks ago, he regained consciousness and was said to have been making a positive recovery. But his death was announced at 23:30 BST (22:30 GMT) on Sunday

Obituary: Robin Gibb

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A look back at the life of Bee Gee Robin Gibb

The quavering voice of Robin Gibb was one of the key ingredients in the sound and success of the Bee Gees.

Over a period of 40 years, Robin - alongside twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry - racked up a string of hit singles and albums.

From their early incarnation as pop troubadours to their dramatic reinvention as the kings of disco in the mid-1970s, they notched up more than 200 million album sales worldwide.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

But it was a bumpy road with inner tensions in the band causing a brief split. The Gibbs also had to deal with the pain of losing younger brother Andy at an early age and the death of Maurice at 53.

Robin Gibb was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man on 22 December 1949, just 35 minutes before Maurice. Music was an early part of his life as the boys' father Hugh was a drummer and bandleader.


* Massachusetts - UK number one, 1967
* I've Gotta Get A Message To You - UK number one, 1968
* How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? - US number one, 1971
* Jive Talkin' - US number one, 1975
* How Deep Is Your Love - US number one, 1977
* Stayin' Alive - US number one, 1978
* Night Fever - US & UK number one, 1978
* Tragedy - UK & US number one, 1979
* You Win Again - UK number one, 1987
* Not forgetting To Love Somebody - released in 1967, missed the UK top 40, but became one of their most enduring tunes
The family moved to Manchester in the 1950s, before undertaking the long journey to Australia. There they settled in one of Brisbane's poorer neighbourhoods.

Robin, together with Maurice and Barry, began playing gigs under a variety of names before settling on The Bee Gees.

In 1963 their first single, The Battle of the Blue and the Grey, made the charts in Sydney and earned them an appearance on a local TV station.

They continued to play and record and in 1965 the single The ****** and Specks gave them their first Australian number one.

Frustrated by the limited potential in Australia, the band moved back to the UK in 1966.

There they were auditioned by impresario Robert Stigwood, who got them a recording contract with Polydor.

Their first major hit was New York Mining Disaster 1941 which reached the Top 20 in both the UK and US - helped on its way by rumours that the record had actually been recorded by The Beatles.

* Islands In The Stream - released by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in 1983
* Chain Reaction - a hit for Diana Ross in 1985
* Grease - Barry Gibb was the primary writer of the film musical's title track, performed by Frankie Valli
* Emotion - released by Samantha Sang in 1977 and covered by Destiny's Child in 2001
* Heartbreaker - Dionne Warwick's biggest solo hit of the 1980s
* Woman In Love - a number one around the world for Barbra Streisand in 1980
The disc received a lot of air play, particularly as Stigwood had sent out the demo singles in white covers with just the title of the song on the label.

Their second single - To Love Somebody, co-written by Robin - became a pop standard and over the years was covered by hundreds of artists.

The lead vocals on the record were taken by Barry. This led to considerable tension in the band, with Robin accusing Stigwood of favouring his brother as the lead vocalist.

The band hung together for more chart successes, including Massachusetts and Words. But when his song Lamplight was relegated to the B-side of Barry's First of May in 1969, Robin quit the group.

He had one hit single, Saved by the Bell, but was unable to follow it up and decided he was not cut out for a solo career.

In 1970 the band reunited and achieved an immediate chart hit in the US with Lonely Days, which they followed up with How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

Robin and Barry Gibb Robin Gibb rarely performed with brother Barry after the death of brother Maurice in 2003

The Bee Gees' brand of soulful ballads was no longer in fashion and there was a real danger they would fade into obscurity.

But Stigwood persuaded them to switch their sound towards disco and their next single, Jive Talkin', saw them make a chart comeback in both the US and UK.

Turning point

The turning point came when they produced the soundtrack for the film Saturday Night Fever
, which turned them into international stars.

It spawned the singles How Deep is Your Love, Stayin' Alive and Night Fever, their most successful track.

Despite the band's success Robin Gibb continued to pursue a solo career, but his music enjoyed more success in Europe than it did in either the UK or US.

He also continued writing songs for other artists, co-writing four of the tracks - among them hit song Woman in Love - on Barbra Streisand's Guilty album with brother Barry.

Robin also co-wrote material for Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick and Kenny Rogers.

In 1988 the Gibb family was hit by tragedy when Andy, their youngest brother and a solo star in his own right, died at the age of 30 from myocarditis - an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Robin Gibb Gibb was seen in 2008 performing at the Electric Proms

One, the Bee Gees' 1989 album, featured a song dedicated to Andy, called Wish You Were Here.

The Bee Gees continued to record and perform and achieved some chart success.

But Barry had been suffering from a number of health problems including arthritis, while in the early 1990s Maurice sought treatment for his alcoholism.

In 1997 they released the album Still Waters, which sold more than four million copies, and were presented with a Brit award for outstanding contribution to music.

In 2003 tragedy struck again with the sudden death of Maurice at the age of 53. Following his death, Robin and Barry disbanded the group.

Bomber memorial

Robin continued to tour and record and reunited with Barry in Miami in 2006 for a charity concert, prompting rumours of a possible reformation.

In 2008 he was at the forefront of the campaign for a permanent memorial in London to the men of Bomber Command.

Two years later he sang the Bee Gees hit I've Gotta Get A Message To You with a group of soldiers in support of the Poppy Day appeal.
Robin Gibb in 2011 Gibb was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2011

In 2008, Robin performed at the BBC's Electric Proms, marking the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever topping the UK charts.

But ill health dogged him. In 2010, he cancelled a series of shows due to severe stomach pains and went on to have emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

In late 2011 it was announced that Robin, at the age of 61, had been diagnosed with liver cancer. His gaunt appearance prompted suggestions that he was close to death.

However, he went into remission and had been in recovery in recent months. "I feel fantastic," he told BBC Radio 2 in February. "I am very active and my sense of well-being is good."

His final work was a collaboration with his son, RJ, on The Titanic Requiem, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the naval disaster.

Robin Gibb was a talented singer and songwriter whose best work came from his collaboration with his brothers.

Together they sold more records than the Rolling Stones, Abba or Elton John,
but Gibb always felt the band had not received the recognition it deserved.

"There are songs we wrote in 1968 that people are still singing," he told one interviewer in 2008. "There's very few artists with that kind of history."
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How deep is your love

Bee Gees, Staying alive

scences from the cult movie "Saturday Night Fever" with many Bee Gees songs

Nightfever from the Bee Gees

We have recently lost 3 truly talented music icons, first Whitney Houston, then Donna Summer now Robin!!! It is not fair!!! But their songs will live on... ...just like M. Jackson´s whose death was/is a very big loss to the music world as well.
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Damn, again a star dies and leaves an empty space in music of nowadays, and memories.
I had thought he had escaped death after waking from the coma, but he sadly didn't. Big loss, I like the Bee Gees a lot. Poor Barry, who is now the only surviving sibling.
Rest in Peace, Robin, with your twin Maurice and your other brother.
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Damn, again a star dies and leaves an empty space in music of nowadays, and memories.
I had thought he had escaped death after waking from the coma, but he sadly didn't. Big loss, I like the Bee Gees a lot. Poor Barry, who is now the only surviving sibling.
Rest in Peace, Robin, with your twin Maurice and your other brother.

So true what you say! Although the songs are not my generation, they have a feel/soul/vibe that one can hardly describe...just like many songs from the 1960s/70s/80s/partly 90s.....The Justin Biebers, Lady Gagas, Taio Cruzes, Rihannas or whomever, will not reach that inner mucial depth of those singers from that period..they are simply so many songs of today´s artists simply don´t stick!! Once heard and then forgotten! (of course, there are some exceptions...but I am talking of the majority)

Today I bought the movie Saturday Night Fever...although I have a Bee Gees CD at home, the epic disco film wih their unforgettable songs was I have got it, too.
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Yeah, up until last Sunday he was "Staying Alive"
Those songs are vintage... they stand the test of time. I have Saturday Night Fever and it's a very good film, but Grease is a must!! :rock:
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