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Robin Gibb, R.I.P.

Robin Gibb, R.I.P.

This one hurts.  I grew up knowing so many of the Bee Gees early songs by heart.

The New York Mining Disaster 1941 was one of my favorites, and one of the most underappreciated:

Robin Gibb passed away today. He will be missed.

From Rolling Stone:

Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.

“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,” reads the statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a “spectacular recovery,” a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia.



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I too much preferred early BeeGees. I think the first song of theirs I heard was Run To Me. Next was Alive, which is one of my favorites, along with Message to You and Edge of the Universe.

At least he no longer suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Condolences to his family, another devastating loss. I’ll be watching “One Night Only” again tonight in remembrance.

First, Donna Summer and now Robin Gibb! This is a bad week for Disco!

I was never much of a disco fan but I thought Donna was really great and I even got used to the Gibb brothers falsetto voices. I too remember when they used to have lower voices than Donna…

Not to nanny, but a colonoscopy three years ago saved my life. Over 50? Just do it.

BannedbytheGuardian | May 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I used to see them on TV when I was very young . My mum loved pop music so we got to see all the shows & bought Spicks & Specks single in 66 . I remember their going to England (by boat )to try their luck

Not surprised they made it big. Their talent & level headedness showed up before they were mid teens.

Their songs were always empathic & today wonderfully heterosexual.

I loved their old stuff. I Just Gotta Get a Message To You being one of my favorites. Wasn’t too much into their disco phase.

Are any of them still alive?

    Soccerdad in reply to avan. | May 21, 2012 at 1:19 am

    The oldest, Barry, is still alive. He’s the one who produced
    Barbara Streisand’s “Guilty.”

There is no other like the Bee Gees; I loved all of their music for different reasons but basically because they were unique, great, had such amazing talent – and what can you say about those voices? What an era we lived in. “You don’t know what you have till it’s gone…” R.I.P., Robin. May God bless his family and friends.

Thank you, Professor. One of my all time favorite bands.

DINORightMarie | May 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I can’t believe how much they did for other singers, writing songs for them in addition to their Bee Gees’ work. Dionne Warwick, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross….just some famous singers who sang their songs!

I grew up with the Bee Gees, during the disco era, and got to hear their earlier work by searching out more about them. Thanks for the links, Professor, to those old gems – a treasure of music they created.

RIP Robin. May you, Maurice, and Andy be reunited in Heaven. And prayers for peace and condolence during their time of grief to Barry and the family – and all those touched by this loss.