The trio had numerous hits between the 1960s and 2000s, including songs such as Jive Talkin’, Words, I Started A Joke and Tragedy. The brothers Gibb, born in the UK but who found their initial success in Australia, also wrote many hit songs for other people including Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand.
Their songs have also seen numerous cover versions in the past two decades with pop groups Take That, Steps and Boyzone all re-recording Bee Gee tracks.
In 2003 Maurice died suddenly of complications resulting from a twisted intestine. At this point Robin said the family were ‘cursed’ following the earlier death of none-Bee Gee brother Andy aged just 30.
“The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.” A statement issued on his official website stated.
After Maurice’s death the remaining Bee Gees occasionally recorded and performed but in recent years Robin has immersed himself in solo work. He wrote and performed the theme tune to Dame Edna Everages’s [actor Barry Humpfries] 2007 ITV comeback series Spa Treatment. However his last major piece music work being the classic piece, Titanic Requiem, to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous liner.
The trio had their biggest successes in the 1970s, with chart hits and film soundtracks, but reinvented themselves several times. Including here in the 1980s with their 1989 live version of So You Win Again, performed in Australia.
Robin Gibb, 22nd December 1949 – 20th May 2012
[Written by Don Westbury]