Very sad news today with the passing of Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb to liver cancer. His death was confirmed by a statement on his official @RobinGibb Twitter feed.
“Sadly Robin Gibb has passed away May 20th, 10:47 UK time,” the tweet, posted this morning, read.
Brothers Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb dominated the music charts in the 1970s with tracks from their 30 million plus selling soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, including the songs : ” You Should Be Dancing” , “Staying Alive” and “How Deep is Your Love.”
Elvis recorded their song 'Words', as we all know.
The brothers formed the Bee Gees in Brisbane in the early 1960s before the family returned to England. Prior to their mega stardom of the disco era, the trio enjoyed a number of smartly crafted 60′s and early 70′s pop hits.
The Bee Gees went on to sell more than 200 million records. The group still holds the record for the third-highest selling soundtrack, for Saturday Night Fever.
Robin Gibb is survived by his wife Dwina Murphy Gibb, his four children and his brother Barry
RIP Robin, an amazing songwriter and a great vocalist as part of the Bee Gees. Selling 200 million records is some achievement but I think his main legacy will be to have created music that has become a part of the fabric of popular culture where it is known and loved by so many people long after it originally came out. Not many artists have achieved this. Obviously Elvis, The Beatles, Queen are acts that come to mind who have but it's sad that many modern artists don't seem to have the same timelessness about their craft.
When the media mention how many records the Bee Gees sold they don't mention how many records Elvis sold - well, there is no reason why they should. What does JeanMarie want exactly? Every time there is a news item about peanut butter sandwitches it should be mentioned that Elvis ate them? Whenever cars are in the news it should be pointed out that Elvis gave them away?
Very sad news. He was a great musician and a very nice and humble person.
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Prefered their earlier stuff like Spick's & Spans I think it's called, didn't care for the disco stuff. Love "Chain Reaction" but that's down to Diana Ross and the production of this record. Wonder how much they put into the production of that song.
The stuff after the disco was better as well.
Just like Elvis, Robin had a unique voice and sang effortlessly. When you heard the record, you knew who was singing. RIP to a fine talent and very nce person. I Can't See Nobody is my favorite.
No harm done in mentioning Robin Gibb on an Elvis website. At least Robin didn't write some cheesy tell all book about Elvis and then spend the rest of his days bilking Elvis fans out of their hard earned cash. I was around for the Disco craze, and I was an Elvis fan back then, just like I am now. It was eerie to see Elvis diminish just about the same time Saturday Night Fever became a worldwide phenomenon. I was appalled by the whole thing, but hey, those were the times. I read somewhere that Elvis couldn't stand Disco, and I can see why. Then Jackson did Thriller in the 80's and I thought no one but me would ever remember Elvis. Boy, was I wrong. Anyway, to the Gibb family....may you have rest and peace during this difficult time.
Did not care for the Disco era at all, but I must admit they had a great sound. RIP Robin Gibb.
Didnt care for their disco stuff but Sat Night Fever is one of the biggest selling albums of all time. I really liked their earlier stuff in which Robin sang a lot of the leads. Some of the most beautiful & haunting records ever made.
The Brothers Gibb are all very talented and sadly all (incuding Andy) passed away too soon, I'm glad that Robin got to release his last effort (Titanic requium). My heart goes out to Barry. God grant his peace to the family.