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.”

4 Responses to "Bee Gees Robin Gibb Dies Honored at Billboard Awards"

  1. Jamie   May 23, 2012 at 3:06 am

    @ DiMarkco Chandler. Actually he is right up there with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, he’s probably got MORE fans than them. I’ve never seen as much respect for anyone as I’ve seen for Robin the last two days. His music will live forever – as one of the greats, unlike you who will be forgetten very soon after.

    • giorgos   May 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      dont be silly,Robin was a great artist but not near to mccartney’s or Jackson’s talent.

      • robin remembered   June 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        This is all very good, but why remember Robin by comparing him to MJ and Macca? Robin himself admitted to being the world’s worst dancer (in fact watch him on Midnight Special on youtube, if you want hours of ROFL.) Were the Bee Gees ever eye-popping performers onstage, in clothes and choreography, or even “star presence”? Nope. People went to their concerts for SINGING, zero lip-synching (with rare exceptions toward tail-end of their career, post-Maurice Gibb’s death.) So why compare to MJ? And since it’s written onto Moses’ tablet that nobody shall ever better the Beatles in cultural, musical impact etc (even Maurice was eager to remind people on numerous occasions), why the Macca comparison? (OK Brian Wilson thinks Bee Gees are better than Beatles, or prefers the trio, but that’s just one man’s opinion? :P)

        I do know that Bee Gees’ impact are global – Brazil, China/Hong Kong/Phillipines, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia are particular strongholds, nevermind the English-speaking countries. Their melodies and voices do transcend language and culture like the 2 icons named. Robin didn’t beat the drum as loudly as MJ, but he set up children’s charity Rebecca’s House in his birthplace, Isle of Man. He raised awareness for UK’s WW2 veterans with a mega-million memorial to be dedicated by the Queen in late June. He was beautifully articulate and intense activist for CISAC, and to top it all off a constant presence on UK TV and gave frequent live performance throughout the world in the last 9 years following Maurice’s death – all to keep Bee Gees’ catalog and name alive in the world, even to detriment to his already easily maligned image and perception, by rabid Barry Gibb-fans who won’t accept anything not spearheaded by the lion-head “genius of the group”. He even finished a pop requiem about the Titanic during his 2-year battle with terminal illness – seriously? The man rested on no laurels, however paltry they were given to him.

        The apt comparisons for Robin should be his hero Roy Orbison and other white soul singers or celtic, folk balladeers.

        We won’t see the likes of the Gibb trio for a long time again. Fondest farewell, Robin.

  2. jim   May 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    god bless robin gibb may he rest in peace


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