Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb Dead at 62 – Relive His Best Moments
If you’re a baby boomer who remembers the disco era of the 1970s, then perhaps the passing of Bee Gees member Robin Gibb at age 62 is more significant for you than most.
His long battle with liver and colon cancer was well documented by the media, but even after his so-called “spectacular recovery,” a recently developed tumor combined with pneumonia was too much for his already waning health.
But the sad events of his death aside, Gibb enjoyed a successful and widely influential musical career with the Bee Gees hit “Stayin’ Alive,” which was featured in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and helped rejuvenate a dying disco scene.
Here’s a look back at some of the best moments from Gibb’s life.
Born in 1949, Robin was best known as the lead singer of the Bee Gees but achieved some solo success as well. His voice and sound have been characterized by some as “inescapable.” One of Gibb’s and the Bee Gees’ most famous early hits was ‘I Started a Joke’ — a light ballad with insightful lyrics — which can be momentarily and sadly cast in an ironic light as its central line is “I started a joke, which started the whole world crying.”
Robin and his brothers Barry and Maurice had their breakthrough moment when they created songs for the soundtrack of 1977’s disco classic ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ Featuring such hits as ‘Stayin’ Alive,’ ‘Night Fever,’ and ‘More Than a Woman,’ the album sold over 40 million copies and is one of the top five best-selling soundtrack albums of all time.
Though the Bee Gees achieved admirable success, sibling rivalry with Barry sparked the group to separate amidst rumors of Robin’s drug problem. Robin’s ensuing solo career was turbulent at best, not nearly resulting in the success that the Bee Gees experienced. (Watch the video for ‘Juliet,’ a modest hit off of Robin’s 1983 album ‘How Old Are You?,’ below.)
1994 saw Gibb receive the first recognition of his success when he was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. In 1997, he and his brothers were recognized when the Bee Gees were accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the 1997 BRIT Awards (London), the Bee Gees received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2002, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, Robin was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. (Watch John Travolta introducing the group during their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction below.)
Robin Gibb and the Bee Gees were a culturally significant group that still has a massive following around the world, and were even considered enough of a pop-culture staple to be mocked on ‘Saturday Night Live‘ with Jimmy Fallon as Barry Gibb and Justin Timberlake as Robin Gibb. Remember Robin with Timberlake’s hilarious impression below.