Sunday, May 20, 2012

Robin Gibb dead at 62

Robin Hugh Gibb
December 22, 1949- May 20, 2012

Robin Gibb has died today after a long battle with cancer. Gibb was 62 years old. Gibb will be best known for being one third of music legends, the Bee Gees. Robin Gibb was born on December 22, 1949 along with his twin brother Maurice. Robin, Maurice, and older brother Barry formed the Bee Gees around 1958. The band didn't achieve major success until the release of their third album Bee Gees' 1st, which included the hit "To Love Somebody". The band were able to release other hit singles but their popularity started to fizzle around 1970 (at which point Robin had briefly left the group for one album). The band made a huge come back with the album Main Course, which included the hits "Jive Talkin'" and "Night Fever". In 1977, the band's popularity was at it's peak when the band's music was used for the movie Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta. The Bee Gees fit right into whatever was going on at that time in disco music. The soundtrack for the movie was a worldwide success with hit singles such as "Stayin' Alive", "How Deep Is Your Love", and "More Than a Woman".

The following year the band and Peter Frampton starred in the 1978 musical movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a musical based on the music of the Beatles. The movie was a huge flop and soon afterwards, disco music was considered uncool. Still, the group managed to continue performing. After Maurice Gibb's passing in 2003, Barry and Robin decided to stop performing as the Bee Gees. This was until 2009 when Barry and Robin decided they would try and start performing again. Last month, Robin had been in a coma since April 14 but came out of it on April 20. 

RIP Robin.

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