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Metro man
21st May 2012, 00:59
BBC News - Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb dies after cancer battle (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18140862) :sad:

Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb dies after cancer battle

Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb has died aged 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer, his family said.

They said they were making the announcement 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 is among the biggest-selling groups of all time with hits spanning six decades including Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.

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".

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read described his death as a "tragedy".

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

The Bee Gees notched up record sales of more than 200 million 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," said Gambaccini.

"Their accomplishments have 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, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on.

"What must also be said is Robin had one of the best white soul voices ever. He was singing lead on his first number one when he was 17, that was Massachusetts."

'Thanks for the music'
Read, who was a family friend of Gibb, said: "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."

A statement from Sony Music on Twitter said: "Rest in peace, Robin Gibb. Thanks for the music."

Gibb's twin brother and band partner Maurice died in 2003 at the age of 53 following complications from a twisted intestine.

His younger brother Andy, who was not part of the Bee Gees but a successful singer in his own right, died in 1988 from heart failure at 30.

Robin was diagnosed with cancer of the colon after having surgery on his bowel 18 months ago 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 but a week later he regained consciousness.

Gibb's son Robin-John said at the time: "They (doctors) gave him an under 10% survival chance and he has beaten the odds... he really is something else."

21st May 2012, 13:43

well someone had to..

21st May 2012, 14:51
In the same class at school at Scarborough Primary School as Robin and Maurice - great to see local boys made good!!..R.I.P. both.

eastern wiseguy
21st May 2012, 16:59
No longer "Stayin' Alive" then......

Too soon?

21st May 2012, 17:50
Eastern Wiseguy :=

Not being particularly keen on the music genre I did not pay much attention to their songwriting. I was amazed to learn today just who they have written songs for over the years.

Regardless, 62 is no age to be moving on... RIP

21st May 2012, 20:29
One minute composing.......the next minute decomposing

21st May 2012, 20:35
Some very nice things said about him on the Military Thread about all the work he put in to make the Bomber Command Memorial a reality.
As the thread says a true friend of the Services.


6th Jun 2012, 20:36
Any Viscount pilots here? Apparently the sound of the engines which he heard on a flight in Germany was the inspiration for one of his early hits, "I Started A Joke".
See ref here: I Started a Joke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Started_a_Joke)

For those too young to remember Viscounts when they were alive, you can hear what they sounded like by listening to the start of "Back in the USSR" by the Beatles.