Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb Dies after Cancer Battle
British-born Gibb’s musical career began when he formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958. The group was among the biggest-sellers of all time with hits spanning five decades, including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.
Gibb’s aged 62 lost his battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini described the singer as “one of the major figures in the history of British music”.The Gibb brothers were born in the Isle of Man but grew up in Manchester, later moving to Australia.
The Bee Gees notched up album sales of more than 200 million worldwide since their first hits in the 1960s. “Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music,” Gambaccini said. Robin Gibb had “one of the best white soul voices ever”, he said, adding that the group’s accomplishments had been “monumental”.
“Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child… the list goes on and on.”