Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dies At Age 62 [VIDEO]
Robin Gibb, co-founder of the Bee Gees has died at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.
“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.”
IN MEMORY: Remembering Robin Gibb
Gibb was one of three brothers whose soaring falsetto harmonies helped power such hits as “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever.”
SUCCESS BEFORE THE DISCO ERA
Gibb was for decades a familiar figure on the pop stage, starting out in the 1960s when the Bee Gees were seen as talented Beatles copycats. They sounded so much like the Beatles at first that there were strong rumors that the Bee Gees’ singles were really the Beatles performing under another name.
Many late-’60s bands were quickly forgotten, but the Bee Gees transformed themselves into an enduring A-List powerhouse with the almost unbelievable, and certainly unexpected, success of the songs from the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.
The Bee Gees went on to sell more than 200 million records and had a long string of successful singles, clearing their way to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are more than 6,000 cover versions of their songs — a substantial testament to their continued popularity.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow predicted that fans will dance to “Stayin’ Alive” and other songs Bee Gees songs for generations to come. “Robin has had an indelible impact on music,” he said.
The name Bee Gees was short for Brothers Gibb. They consisted of Barry Gibb, the eldest, and twins Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb, who died of intestinal and cardiac problems in 2003.
Gibb also enjoyed a long career as a a solo artist and also produced and wrote songs for many other performers.
Gibb was hospitalized in mid-April and fell into a coma at one point, although the singer was later said to have regained consciousness and communicated with family members.
Gibb is survived by his second wife, Dwina, and four children, as well as his older brother, fellow Bee Gee Barry Gibb, and his sister Lesley Evans, who lives in Australia.
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