Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Passing of Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He rose to fame as one-third of Bee Gees, the phenomenally successful pop group responsible for a long string of hits.

LA Times has this to say about their music: “Their hits could fill an entire Saturday night, last until the first church bell rang on Sunday morning and provide a sweat-drenched workout on the dance floor that broke only for the slow numbers”.

Although best known for their disco-driven songs of the 1970s, powered by Barry Gibb’s falsetto, the Bee Gees (it stands for “Brothers Gibb”) first achieved success in the 1960s on the back of Robin’s lower registered, if still adenoidal, vocal performances – it was he who sang their first British No 1 hit, Massachusetts (1967), and the follow-up success I’ve Just Got to Get a Message to You (1968).

As is expected, I have included my favorite Bee Gees numbers:

For your info, Maurice Gibb had died earlier on 12 January 2003 of complications resulting from a twisted intestine (volvulus) – he played keyboard, guitar, bass and percussion in the Bee Gees, and sang the high notes in their three-part harmony.

Robin Gibb, born December 22, 1949, died May 20, 2012.

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