Robin Gibb dies at 62

1967-era bouncing Bee Gees with Robin Gibb front and centre in this Dezo Hoffman photo.

And then there was one: Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has gone on to join his brothers Maurice and Andy (who was only briefly a Bee Gee before embarking on his own solo career) in the Choir Invisible after a long battle with cancer,leaving Barry behind to carry on the family name.

At their peak, the Bee Gees peaked for a long time, thanks to that unearthly blend of voices and underrated songwriting skills that led to some of the most gorgeous-sounding records of the '60s, and which would eventually turn the music industry on its head in the '70s. (I'm especially fond of the albums that came between their 1969 masterwork Odessa and the 1975 career reboot Main Course: 2 Years On, To Whom It May Concern, Life in a Tin Can, Mr. Natural and, of course, Trafalgar.) Robin had a solo career too, starting with his 1970 break from the band, Robin's Reign (long out of print, but available on iTunes), that was sporadic, but with its own share of memorable moments. Together, though, the Bee Gees were greater than the sum of their parts, with Robin's reedy tenor joining his twin Maurice's throaty warble and Barry's keen falsetto for a vocal combination that at its best could summon pop glory like few of their peers.

You can read the Telegraph's obit of Robin Gibb here.


estiv said...

They're like Fleetwood Mac in that their later success grossly overshadowed their early work, which was often more interesting. That voice he had on songs like "Massachusetts" sticks in your head forever.

marietta said...

I feel and think the same,estiv.

R.I.P. Robin .