Sadly Robin Gibb passes away Sunday at the age of 62. Robin has recovered from a coma a few weeks back only to succumb to cancer.
Among his amazing musical career, Robin as well as his brothers (Barry and Robin’s twin Maurice) were members of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Commander of the order of the British Empire.
In the 1960’s, the Bee Gees were a pop band very influenced by the beatles. Robin sang lead on some of their early big hits like ‘I Started A Joke’. In the 1970’s when the Bee Gees were at the forefront of the disco movement, Robin’s role was to vocally hold down the song’s middle as Barry’s falsetto soared over the top and gave them their distinct sound.
I remember watching an interview with Alice Cooper and he said the Bee gees were one of the greatest songwriters and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is one of the best albums ever.
I hated the Bee Gees when they were popular around the time of ‘Saturday Night Fever’. But in the 80’s I began to appreciate them as true geniuses in songwriting and production. Songs like ‘More Than a Woman’, ‘Too Much Heaven’ and ‘Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)’ rank among some of my all time favorite songs. When I was writing songs, I would nick stuff from the Bee Gees all the time. Their music to me is a perfect blend of harmony, soul and passion.
Thank you Robin for the music you gave me.