Bee Gees Robin Gibb Dies Honored at Billboard Awards

By DiMarkco Chandler

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has died at the age of 62 after battling colon and liver cancer. He may not be a Michael Jackson or Paul Mccartney, but Robin Gibb will be remembered by millions of fans. Gibb had one of the most remarkable, soulful voices ever. Today, we are left with his memory and a catalogue of music that is only second to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music. The group wrote big hits for Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and others, along with their own number one hits.

Born in Manchester, England in 1949, Gibbs formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958, embarking on a music career that would span six decades. During this period, the brothers would release hits that included Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, Massachusetts and Night Fever. Gibb sang lead on his first number one hit “Massachusetts” when he was 17.

It was quite fitting that tonight’s Billboards Awards honored and observed a moment of silence in memory of Robin Gibb, which lasted eight seconds before Lisa Marie Presley prepared to present the next award.

Rolling Stone reports, “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”