So the Word is Goodbye: Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb dies at 62
It seems like we’ve been seeing the last days of disco. Mere days after the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, died of cancer on May 17, another disco era icon has passed away—also from cancer.
Robin Gibb, who formed one of the most successful pop groups ever, the Bee Gees, with two of his brothers (Barry and Maurice), died on May 20 after a long battle with colon and liver cancer, according to reports. He was 62 years old.
Gibb was born on the Isle of Man to British parents in 1949 but the family moved to Australia in 1958.
The three brothers formed a trio in Australia, where they first hit the musical charts with their distincitve three-part harmonies, but they established themselves as an international act when they returned to England.
They became best known for their disco hits, such as “Jive Talkin’ ” and “You Should Be Dancing”. Their contributions to the movie Saturday Night Fever, including “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, helped the soundtrack to become one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.
The Bee Gees released albums from 1965 to 2001, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Robin often sang as a lead singer in the group, and also established his own solo career, releasing albums from 1970 up until this year.
His latest release was his first classical work, Titanic Requiem, which he wrote with his son, Robin-John Gibb.
Robin’s twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003. The youngest Gibb brother, Andy, who had a solo career as a teen idol, died in 1988.
Barry remains the only surviving member of the Bee Gees and the Gibb brothers.
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