Robin Hugh Gibb, (December 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012), pop singer.

Robin Gibb was born on the British Isle of Man and later grew up in Australia. Together with his older brother Barry and twin brother Maurice, he formed the pop group the Bee Gees, in which he originally sand the lead vocals until Barry Gibb eventually took over as lead singer. (Younger brother Andy Gibb was also a successful pop singer as a solo artist.) After a string of smaller hits, the Bee Gees scored their first U.S. #1 single in 1971 with How Can You Mend A Broken Heart,” on which Robin and Barry shared lead vocals.

The Bee Gees greatest success came during the disco era, especially with their multi-platinum soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. The album became the 4th all-time biggest selling record with over 40 million copies sold and produced 3 #1 hits: How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever” and the enormously popular Stayin’ Alive. Their next album also yielded 3 more #1 hits, giving them six total within a year and a half period. They also wrote four songs during this period for other artists, (including younger brother Andy), that entered the Top 10 singles charts, making them the most successful songwriters since the Beatles. Currently, the Bee Gees have collectively sold over 200 million records, placing them in the company of artists such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles.

In addition to his work with his brothers, Robin Gibb also had a successful solo career, dating back to 1969’s Saved By The Bell,” which reached #2 on the British charts. He was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as being made a Commander of the British Empire in 2002 by Prince Charles. After a battle with colon and liver cancer, Robin Gibb died in London at the age of 62, leaving brother Barry as the only surviving member of the Bee Gees. In a tribute to Robin Gibb, former British Prime Minister and longtime friend Tony Blair said:

“Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being. He was a great friend with a wonderful open and fertile mind and a student of history and politics.”

Visit the official Robin Gibb website here.

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