R.I.P. Robin Gibb

The world has lost a second disco icon in almost as many days with the passing of Robin Gibb. He died yesterday at the age of 62 after a hard-fought battle with liver cancer and intestinal problems. His passing comes a mere three days after the death of Donna Summer.

Robin Gibb made up one third of the Bee Gees along with his brothers Barry and Maurice. They first achieved fame in the 1960s as part of the British Invasion. Their Beat sounds of the Sixties gave way to the popular disco sound in 1975 with “Nights on Broadway.” But it was in 1977 that the Bee Gees reached the pinnacle of their career when they provided the soundtrack for the disco movie “Saturday Night Fever.” The brothers Gibb lent their falsetto harmonies to a string of hits, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “More Than a Woman,” and “Night Fever.” Almost every one of the songs on that soundtrack went on to be a hit single, and the album went platinum 15 times over.

Robin was predeceased by two of his brothers. His youngest brother Andy, who also enjoyed fame in the disco era as a solo artist, died in 1988 at the age of 30. His twin brother and fellow Bee Gee Maurice died in 2003 of a twisted intestine. It was this same ailment that contributed to Robin’s ill health during the last several months of his life.

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