Sunday, May 20, 2012

Robin Gibb - One Of Three Lords Of Man

Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (22 December, 1949 – 20 May, 2012) was a British singer and songwriter.

He is best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his younger twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry.

He had another younger brother, Andy Gibb, who was also a very popular singer.

Born in the Isle Of Man, the family later moved to Manchester. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio.

In 2004, the Bee Gees received their CBEs from the Prince Of Wales at Buckingham Palace for their "contribution to music".

With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time.

Gibb died of cancer on May 20, 2012.

Traditionally, Robin Gibb's role in the Bee Gees was lead singer, for which he vied with Barry during the group's first period of British success in the late 1960s.

In his solo career, Gibb was initially successful with a number 2 UK hit, Saved By The Bell (which sold over one million copies and received a gold disc).

In 1971, the Bee Gees had their first US No. 1 hit How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.

In 1974, the Bee Gees came up with the song Blue-Eyed Soul.

The group now entered the disco-era.

In 1978, Gibb performed on the Sesame Street Fever album for the Sesame Street children's TV programme.

During the 1980s, Gibb released three solo albums (How Old Are You?, Secret Agent and Walls Have Eyes).

On 27 January, 2003, fifteen days after Maurice died of a heart attack, Robin released a new solo album, Magnet.

On 18 May, 2008, Gibb released the song Alan Freeman Days in tribute to the Australian DJ Alan Freeman.

In 2010, Gibb was a guest mentor on the Australian version of The X Factor, alongside Australian TV host Kyle Sandilands, Australian actor/singer Natalie Imbruglia, Irish singer Ronan Keating and Australian singer Guy Sebastian.

In 2005, Robin joined his brother Barry and several other artists under the name One World Project to record a charity single in aid of Asian tsunami relief, titled Grief Never Grows Old.

Other artists who performed on the single included Boy George, Steve Winwood, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Sir Cliff Richard, Bill Wyman, America, Kenny Jones, Chicago, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Russell Watson and Davy Spillane.

Gibb went back to the top of the UK charts in 2009 when he collaborated with singers Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Tom Jones on a new version of Islands In The Stream which he wrote with his brothers.

In 1968 Gibb married Molly Hullis, a secretary in Robert Stigwood's organisation.

They had 2 children and divorced in 1980.

He later married author and artist Dwina Murphy and had a son. Wikipedia.