Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE was a singer and songwriter, best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his fraternal twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. Their younger brother Andy was also a singer. Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Brisbane, Australia.
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Conversations With Scotty McCreery, David Nail and Wesley Stace, Plus Kathleen Grace and Kiev Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with Scotty McCreery Mike Ragogna: Scotty! Scotty McCreery: Hey, how are you doing, Michael? MR: Pretty good, how are you? SM: Doing good, thanks for calling. MR: Wow, just from the tone of your voice, I can tell a lot's happened since we spoke last. SM: [laughs] I guess, yeah, we've been staying busy. MR: Scotty, what's been going on between the Christmas album and now? SM: Well, we thumped out a new album in all that time and we've been on the road as well. Started with the Weekend Roadtrip Tour, and I guess we just extended those dates. We'll be doing that through the end of the year. But the main focus was on this album for sure. MR: Looks like you already have a hit from the new album, the title track, "See You Tonight." SM: Yeah, it's still ploughing it's way up the charts, but we're excited about it. "See You Tonight," it's been the best response we've gotten out of a single yet, so yeah, it's been a good thing going. MR: Okay, what was the difference ...
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Corporate Self-Promotion on 9/11 Was Worse Than Ever This Year
Huffington Post - over 3 years
How many times do we have to say "don't slap your brand all over tragedies"? How many times do we have to ask who approved using mass grief to sell products? How many more times? Retweeting is not a way to pay your respects Facebook and Twitter didn't exist when 9/11 happened, and it's hard to imagine what the reaction would have been like if they had. The volume of grief and disbelief might well have crashed Twitter. But while it's perfectly OK to tweet that you're thinking of the people who lost their lives, this kind of thing is not: This year, an account sprang up just to do that. It already has eight thousand followers despite its four tweets. It appears to have no association with any of the victims' charities, and it's not accomplishing anything. All it does is ask for retweets. It's a parasite, frankly. Just in case anyone is unclear on this, retweeting does not in any way show respect to the dead, or ease the grief of their families. Asking for retweets is a ...
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Star’s wife opens all night relay
The Bucks Herald - over 3 years
Bee Gee Robin Gibb’s wife Dwina is opening the fifth Relay for Life event to be held at Aylesbury Rugby Club in Weston Turville this weekend.
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The Soldiers' Gary Chilton on singing with Robin Gibb
Bucks Free Press - about 4 years
SERGEANT Major Gary Chilton had the honour and privilege to perform with Robin Gibb at one of the last public appearances he made before he passed away in May last year. Gary, who is one third of the popular band The Soldiers, said the performance at the London Palladium is one he will always treasure. He talks about the Bee Gee ahead of The Soldiers tour which is coming to the Wycombe Swan at the end of this month.
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Array of celebs to attend party in Thame to honour the memory of Bee Gee Robin Gibb
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
An array of celebrities will be coming to town to celebrate the life of Thame’s most famous resident Robin Gibb.
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Pet Shop Boys: cab drivers ask us if we've retired
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Three decades and 11 albums in, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe still feel like they are renting their place as unlikely pop stars On the stage of HAU 1, a theatre in the Berlin hipster district of Kreuzberg, the Pet Shop Boys are performing a dress rehearsal. To the left, Neil Tennant stands at the microphone, smartly dressed and straight-backed. To the right, Chris Lowe pecks impassively at his keyboard, his eyes obscured by a curious hat: French Foreign legionnaire meets North Sea trawlerman. Their hair may be greyer and sparser now, the clothes more expensive, but the scene is much the same as their first TV appearances back in 1985. Though outlandish costumes and colourful stage sets come and go – during the Olympics closing ceremony they circled the stadium on an origami rickshaw, wearing pointy hats — their image remains fundamentally unchanged. "The guy on keyboards who doesn't smile and the singer who looks a bit uncomfortable," says Tennant. "That's the act." Tennant and Lowe. ...
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APD Investigating Possible Homicide
ABQ Journal - over 4 years
Albuquerque Police Department violent crimes detectives are investigating the death of an adult man on the 1500 block of Spence NE as a possible homicide, according to a department spokesman. Officers went to the residence shortly before 9: 30 a.m. regarding an unattended death and, based upon a preliminary investigation, determined that “suspicious circumstances existed,” spokesman Rob Gibbs said in an email.
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Gweek 065: Super Tight
Boing Boing - over 4 years
Click here to play this episode. Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My co-hosts for this episode are: Ed Piskor, the cartoonist for Boing Boing’s weekly Brain Rot comic strip. Has illustrated 2 graphic novels with Harvey Pekar (Macedonia, and The Beats). His first solo graphic novel, Wizzywig was released in July. and Joshua Glenn, a Boston-based writer, publisher, and semiotician. He is co-author of Significant Objects, published by Fantagraphics this month, and Unbored, the kids’ field guide to serious fun coming from Bloomsbury this fall. He edits the website HiLobrow, which as HiLoBooks is now publishing classics -- by Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others -- from what he calls science fiction’s Radium Age. In this episode: How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection. A book about the cr ...
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Robin Gibb delayed scan for touring commitments
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
Late Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb refused to undergo vital scans in the early stages of his health battle because he wanted to carry on with his music commitments.
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Robin Gibb's Widow Reveals She Thought Husband Was Coming Home
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Robin Gibb's wife has opened up about her grief for the first time since the Bee Gees star's death last month, revealing she sleeps with his teddy bear to remind her of her late husband. The disco legend passed away following a long battle with liver and colon cancer, and his funeral on Friday drew stars including lyricist Sir Tim Rice, singer Peter Andre and actor Leslie Phillips. His wife Dwina was joined by his last remaining brother Barry, his elderly mother Barbara and their two sons at the moving service - and now she's revealed her pain at becoming a widow at 59. Dwina tells The Sun she redecorated the couple's bedroom while Robin was in hospital ready for his return - and she's been left devastated about changing the decor now the star has passed away. Robin Gibb's life in pictures... She says: "I changed the curtains, and made everything nice. But I hadn't realised that Robin would never come home again. Now all I want is the old room back - and Robin ...
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Fans farewell Robin Gibb
3 News - over 4 years
Fans have farewelled Robin Gibb, one of three brothers in the iconic ‘70s band The Bee Gees.
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Tears and tributes as Robin Gibb laid to rest
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
MOURNERS line windswept street to pay their respects and say a final goodbye to Bee Gees singer and songwriter.
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Family mourn 'beautiful heart' of Bee Gee Robin Gibb
Yahoo News - over 4 years
The sole surviving member of the Bee Gees paid tribute to his bandmate and brother Robin Gibb at his funeral on Friday, mourning the loss of his "magnificent mind and his beautiful heart".
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robin Gibb
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 62
    Robin-John's first major musical project is the Titanic Requiem (2012), written with Gibb and first performed at the Central Hall, Westminster, London, on 10 April 2012, by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and RSVP Voices.
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    On 20 May 2012, Gibb died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure brought on by colorectal cancer.
    More Details Hide Details As an instrumentalist, Gibb primarily played a variety of keyboards, notably piano, organ and Mellotron on the Bee Gees album Odessa (1969); he also played acoustic guitar and organ on his debut solo album Robin's Reign (1970).
    After a career spanning six decades, Gibb last performed on stage in February 2012 supporting injured British servicemen and women at a charity concert at the London Palladium.
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    His funeral was held on 8 June 2012 and he was buried at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, near his home in Thame, Oxfordshire.
    More Details Hide Details In September of the same year, a blue plaque was placed on the house. Barry Gibb and his brother Robin had famously clashed personally and professionally for decades before his death, and that conflict lasted to the end. Nonetheless, Barry delivered a eulogy at his brother’s funeral saying: “Even right up to the end we found conflict with each other, which now means nothing. It just means nothing. If there’s conflict in your lives - get rid of it.” At Robin’s funeral, Barry talked about the connection between Robin and his twin brother Maurice, saying, “they were both beautiful and now they’re together.” Barry added details about Robin’s struggle losing his brother Maurice a decade earlier. Barry Gibb said: “I think the greatest pain for Robin in the past 10 years was losing his twin brother, and I think it did all kinds of things to him.”
    In March 2012, Gibb was hospitalised for intestinal surgery and cancelled scheduled appearances while recovering.
    More Details Hide Details In April, however, he contracted pneumonia and fell into a coma.
    In an interview published in The Mail on Sunday on 22 January 2012, Gibb spoke for the first time of the cancer.
    More Details Hide Details "For more than 18 months, I had lived with an inflammation of the colon; then I was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to the liver. I have undergone chemotherapy, however, and the results — to quote my doctor — have been 'spectacular'. It’s taken a toll, naturally, but the strange thing is that I've never felt seriously ill. I’ve mostly felt great. There have been many false claims around, which I'd like to dispel. I am not and have never been 'at death's door'. Nor do I have a team of alternative doctors working on my health. That's not true, although I'm not averse to healthy remedies for any illness. I feel they can go together with conventional medicine. I do eat health foods and drink herbal teas made for me by Dwina, my wife and RJ's mother. Other than that, I am under the care of Dr. Peter Harper at The London Clinic".
    Gibb also wrote The Titanic Requiem with his son Robin-John, which was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Gibb continued to make television appearances and other events following his surgery, but in April 2011 he was forced by health problems to cancel his tour of Brazil. Another concert in Paris was cancelled in October 2011. On 14 October, Gibb was due to perform the charity single with the Soldiers, but was again rushed to hospital with severe abdominal pains. On 18 October, following his release from the hospital, Gibb appeared on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show looking gaunt and frail. On 27 October 2011, Gibb cancelled an appearance only minutes before he was due to perform at the Poppy Appeal Concert in London. Later the same week however, Gibb was seen in London and quoted as saying he felt "absolutely great". In November 2011, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, which had metastasised to his liver several months earlier.
    Gibb was due to attend the piece's premier on 10 April 2012 at the Central Hall, Westminster, London but his failing health kept him away.
    More Details Hide Details He died the next month."
    On 30 January 2012, Gibb announced his intention to appear on stage at the Coming Home Concert at the London Palladium in February to benefit British soldiers returning home from Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details It would be his last performance on stage. Over a period of two years, Gibb and Robin-John wrote the score for The Titanic Requiem, recorded by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
    Gibb spoke of the effects of seeing injured people being carried into the hospital on stretchers in a 2012 interview, "It all got too much for me.
    More Details Hide Details I knew that I couldn’t help anyone, and I couldn’t cope with that. I had to get away from the hospital. So Molly then girlfriend and I checked ourselves out, and went to stay at the London home of Robert Stigwood, our manager, then to my parents’ house in Buckinghamshire. I had a delayed reaction; in the days that followed, I started crying and crying and couldn’t stop".
  • 2011
    Age 61
    Gibb was the subject of an edition of the BBC genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? first broadcast on 21 September 2011.
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    In September 2011, Gibb recorded the Bee Gees classic "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" with British Army men The Soldiers for a charity single in the UK, it was produced with his son Robin John Gibb and the video for which was produced by Vintage TV.
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  • 2010
    Age 60
    Also in 2010, Gibb toured in Australia with Bonnie Tyler as his supporting guest.
    More Details Hide Details Together they performed at Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
    In 2010, Gibb was also a guest mentor on the Australian version of The X Factor, alongside TV host Kyle Sandilands, actress/singer Natalie Imbruglia, and singers Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    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", written by Gibb, Barry and Maurice.
    More Details Hide Details The new version, inspired by the BBC comedy TV show Gavin & Stacey, was created to benefit the charity Comic Relief.
  • 2008
    Age 58
    Gibb had an eight-year affair with his housekeeper Claire Yang that produced his fourth child, Snow Evelyn Robin Juliet Gibb born 4 November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Gibb and his wife divided their time between their homes in Peel, Isle of Man, their mansion in Miami, Florida and their main residence in Thame, Oxfordshire. On 10 March 1988, younger brother Andy died in Oxford, England, of myocarditis. On 12 January 2003, twin brother Maurice died in Miami Beach, Florida, of complications from a twisted intestine. Politically, Gibb was a supporter of New Labour, the British Labour Party under Tony Blair. He launched a rally in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, ahead of the 2005 General Election. He was a close friend of the former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was criticised for staying over at Gibb's Miami mansion during Christmas 2006. In 2008 Gibb publicly stated that he continued to get on "like a house on fire" with Blair, and claimed that the then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown regularly listened to the Bee Gees. "He listens to our music every day. Gordon likes our music and I like Gordon," he told The Times. In a tribute upon his death, longtime friend Tony Blair said: "Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interesting and committed human being. He was a great friend with a wonderful open and fertile mind and a student of history and politics."
    On 25 October 2008, to mark the 30th anniversary of the song "Saturday Night Fever" topping the UK charts, Gibb performed with special guests including Ronan Keating, Stephen Gateley, Sam Sparro, Sharleen Spiteri, Gabriella Climi and Bryn Christopher at the London music festival BBC Electric Proms.
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    In 2008, Gibb completed a new solo album entitled 50 St. Catherine's Drive, but it was never released until 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The song "Instant Love" was a collaboration with Gibb's son, Robin-John both having written the music and vocals. "Instant Love" featuring Robin-John on lead vocals appeared in a short film called Bloodtype: The Search in which Robin-John appeared.
    From 2008 to 2011, Gibb was President of the Heritage Foundation, honouring figures in British culture.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    Robin Gibb worked on behalf of several charities. He was the organiser of the Sunseeker Ball in aid of the Outward Bound Trust. For the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), Gibb served as president from 2007 to 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the longest serving president (2008–2011) of the Heritage Foundation, which honours figures of British culture and facilitated his campaign on behalf of the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal. On 14 August 2010, while performing in Belgium, Gibb began to feel abdominal pains. On 18 August, at an Oxford hospital, he underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine, the same condition that his brother, Maurice, suffered from (Maurice died following surgery for the condition). Gibb recovered and returned to perform concerts in New Zealand and Australia. During this time, Gibb was also involved in promoting fund-raising for the memorial dedicated to RAF Bomber Command in Green Park, London.
    On 25 October 2007, Gibb performed at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria and sang the Bee Gees' most famous songs.
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    Later in December, Gibb issued another song, "Ellan Vannin (Home Coming Mix)", featuring the King William's College Choir from the Isle of Man. ("Ellan Vannin" is the Manx name for the Isle of Man.) On 8 September 2007, Gibb performed at a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah at EnergySolutions Arena for the Nu Skin Enterprises Convention, singing a set of Bee Gees hits.
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    Gibb marked his return to his birthplace by playing a concert at the Isle of Man TT festival in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Gibb donated all of his share of the money from this concert to the children's ward at Noble's Hospital, Isle of Man, and invited all emergency service staff and marshals for the TT to attend for free. He also was a special guest of the United States Independence Day Concert called "A Capitol Fourth" held on the west lawn of the US Capitol as the lead singer of "How Deep Is Your Love" and "Stayin' Alive". On 18 May 2008, Gibb released the song "Alan Freeman Days" in tribute to the Australian DJ Alan Freeman. The song was issued as a download only track, although a promotional CD was issued by Academy Recordings. In December 2008, "Alan Freeman Days" was followed by another downloadable song titled "Wing and a Prayer", which shared the same name as a song from the 1989 One album. However, the new song was actually a reworking of the song, "Sing Slowly Sisters", that had remained unreleased since 1970.
  • 2006
    Age 56
    Also in November 2006, Gibb performed a solo concert, entitled 'Bee Gees – Greatest Hits' at the Araneta Coliseum (now Smart Araneta Coliseum) in Manila, Philippines.
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    In November 2006, Gibb released his sixth album My Favourite Christmas Carols the last album released in his lifetime, backed by The Serlo Concert, a London choir.
    More Details Hide Details This album featured a new song by Gibb called "Mother of Love", which was released in Europe as a download single. The song was inspired by Maurice and was Gibb's new composition since Maurice died. Gibb donated all royalties from "Mother of Love" to the Janki Foundation for Global Healthcare, and dedicated the song to Dadi Janki, the organisation's spiritual leader. Gibb dedicated the album to his mother, Barbara. My Favourite Christmas Carols has a bonus DVD disc titled A Personal Christmas Moment with Robin Gibb.
    In September 2006, Gibb performs at the Miss World 2006 contest finals in Warsaw, Poland.
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    In May 2006, Gibb took part in the Prince's Trust 30th birthday Concert at the Tower of London along with Barry.
    More Details Hide Details They sang three songs: "Jive Talkin'", "To Love Somebody" and "You Should Be Dancing".
    In March 2006, Gibb announced plans for more solo concerts in Shanghai, China and Portugal.
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    On 20 February 2006, Gibb and Barry performed at a concert for Diabetes Research Institute of the University of Miami in Hollywood, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details This was their first joint performance since Maurice's death.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    In December 2005, a recordings of this performance was released as part of double A side single, credited as "G4 feat Robin Gibb" together with G4's cover version of the Johnny Mathis song "When a Child is Born". "First of May" also appeared on the platinum selling album G4 & Friends, which reached number 6 in the UK album charts.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, Gibb presented master classes at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and oversaw the selection for release of thesis works by music graduates for the next two terms.
    In June 2005, Gibb joined The X Factor runner up band G4 at a sell-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, singing the Bee Gees song "First of May".
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    In January 2005, Gibb 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".
    More Details Hide Details Other artists who performed on the single included Boy George, Steve Winwood, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Sir Cliff Richard, Bill Wyman, America, Kenney Jones, Chicago, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Russell Watson and Davy Spillane.
    In 2005, Gibb made a solo tour of Latin America.
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  • 2004
    Age 54
    However, the official presentation ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London was delayed until 2004 due to Maurice's death.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2004, Gibb and his brother Barry both received honorary doctorates of music from The University of Manchester, England. In 2005, Gibb received the Steiger Award (Miner Award) in Bochum, Germany for accomplishments in the arts. On 10 July 2009, both brothers were also made Freemen of the Borough of Douglas, Isle of Man. The award was also bestowed posthumously on Maurice, therefore confirming the freedom of the town of their birth to Gibb, Barry and Maurice. The radio and television presenter Paul Gambaccini has stated that the Bee Gees were "second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music", and recognised Gibb as "one of the major figures in the history of British music and one of the best white soul voices ever". Gibb was a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).
    In late 2004, Gibb embarked a solo tour of Germany, Russia and Asia with singer Alistair Griffin as the opening act.
    More Details Hide Details On his return to the UK, Gibb released a CD and DVD of live recordings from the German leg of the tour, backed by the Frankfurt Neue Philharmonic Orchestra of Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 2003
    Age 53
    In October 2003, Gibb recorded a second version of the song with Alistair Griffin, a-runner up in the UK television program Fame Academy on which Gibb appeared as a judge.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2004, the new version of that song was released in the UK as a double A side CD single. It eventually reached number 5 in the UK music charts.
    In August 2003, Gibb announced the release of a new single of "My Lover's Prayer", a song first recorded by the Bee Gees in 1997 on the album Still Waters, with lead vocals by Gibb and singers Wanya Morris and Lance Bass.
    More Details Hide Details That version was played on the radio but was never actually released.
  • 2001
    Age 51
    In 2001, the Bee Gees released their last album This Is Where I Came In and features his last composition on a Bee Gees record "Embrace".
    More Details Hide Details On 27 January 2003, fifteen days after Maurice's death, Robin released a solo album, Magnet in Germany on SPV GmbH, and worldwide shortly afterwards. Magnet featured the Bee Gees song "Wish You Were Here" (from the 1989 album One) in a new acoustic version. The lead single, "Please", had coincidental lyrics about 'loss'. In recent years, Gibb sang the vocals to the opening titles to the British ITV show The Dame Edna Treatment.
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 48
    In 1998, the Bee Gees recorded their own version of "Ellan Vannin" with lead vocals by Gibb.
    More Details Hide Details It was later released as a single as a limited edition CD to benefit the Manx Children in Need charity.
  • 1994
    Age 44
    In 1994, Gibb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Gibb was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, US as a member of the Bee Gees. At the 1997 BRIT Awards held in Earls Court, London on 24 February, the Bee Gees received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In the New Year Honours 2002 Gibb was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) along with his brothers Maurice and Barry.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    In 1992, Lulu recorded "Let Me Wake Up In Your Arms" on which he co-wrote.
    More Details Hide Details Gibb later contributed vocals on the Brazilian duo Chitãozinho e Xororó and José y Durval's "Palavras/Palabros" (a Spanish or Portuguese version of "Words").
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, Gibb joined Thompson Twins, Zak Starkey, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, John Parr and Holly Johnson under the name Anti-Heroin Project to record a charity single called "Live-In World".
    More Details Hide Details In late 1986, the Bee Gees began to writing and recording songs for their album E.S.P. to be released in 1987.
  • 1985
    Age 35
    Gibb's second marriage, from 1985 until his death, was to Dwina Murphy, an author and artist.
    More Details Hide Details She is interested in the Druidry religion and is a follower of the neo-Hindu Brahma Kumaris movement. The couple had a son, Robin-John (known as RJ (b. 1983).
    In 1985, he released his fifth solo album Walls Have Eyes with the singles "Like a Fool" and "Toys", both songs were not charted in the US or UK.
    More Details Hide Details These three albums were more successful in Europe than in the UK or US.
  • 1984
    Age 34
    In 1984, he released his fourth solo album Secret Agent, a new wave/synthpop-influenced LP (reached No. 97 in the US, No. 31 in Germany and No. 20 in Switzerland) The album's lead and first single "Boys Do Fall in Love" did reach the Billboard Magazine top 40 list of hits, the song reached No. 70 in the UK, No. 7 in South Africa and No. 10 in Italy.
    More Details Hide Details Other singles such as the title track and "In Your Diary" did not repeat the success of the first single. Due to the success of "Boys Do Fall in Love", he performed the song in several TV shows including Eldorado (Danish TV).
  • 1983
    Age 33
    On 9 September 1983, Gibb was arrested and sentenced to 14 days in prison for speaking to the press about his previous marriage in breach of a Court Order.
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  • 1980
    Age 30
    The couple divorced in 1980 after years of living separate lives, as Hullis filed for divorce on 22 May 1980, with Gibb almost permanently in the US and Hullis remaining in the UK.
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    Also in 1980, most of Barbra Streisand's album Guilty was co-written by Gibb with Barry.
    More Details Hide Details In February 1981, the Bee Gees returned to the studio and recorded Living Eyes, unlike the previous album, this album was not a successful as their fans described it as a worst album. They then worked on Dionne Warwick's album Heartbreaker and recorded songs for the film Staying Alive. He recorded his second solo album with Maurice's participation, How Old Are You? The lead single "Juliet" was a success in Europe as well as "Another Lonely Night in New York" and the title track.
    Also in 1980, he duetted with Marcy Levy on the song "Help Me!
    More Details Hide Details " (reached No. 50 in the US) featured on the soundtrack of the film Times Square the other artists were performed on the film, including Gary Numan, Roxy Music, Ramones, The Cure and The Cars.
    In January 1980, Gibb co-wrote and co-produced with Blue Weaver Jimmy Ruffin's 1980 album Sunrise.
    More Details Hide Details Ruffin had enjoyed one of his first significant hits, "Hold On To My Love", from the album Sunrise, which Robin Gibb had written and produced. "Hold On To My Love" had reached and stayed in the US Top 30 hits for 14 years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978, Gibb performed on the Sesame Street Fever album for the Sesame Street children's TV program.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of the singers on the "Sesame Street Fever" title track, he sang a song called "Trash" for the character Oscar the Grouch, and spoke with Cookie Monster at the beginning of "C is for Cookie".
  • 1976
    Age 26
    In 1976, on the group's Children of the World album, he sang lead on "Love Me" as well as doing falsetto on the track's coda, and he also used his falsetto on his lead vocal part on the song "Lovers" as Barry provided lead vocals on the entire song.
    More Details Hide Details On the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, he did not sing lead vocals on any Bee Gees song, unlike their previous and next albums. There were four tracks off the album that reached the UK Top 10; "How Deep Is Your Love", "More Than A Woman", "Stayin' Alive", and "You Should Be Dancing". Moreover, "Night Fever" held the top rank in 1978.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    In April 1972, two months after the departure of drummer Geoff Bridgford, he wrote his last solo composition on a Bee Gees record "Never Been Alone" (until 1999).
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  • 1970
    Age 20
    In December 1970, Gibb recorded a demo "After the Laughter".
    More Details Hide Details The Bee Gees made their first US #1 single "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", Gibb contributed on the song, writing with Barry and sang lead vocals on its first verse.
    He wanted "Great Caesar's Ghost" to be release as a single around 1970 with "Engines, Aeroplanes" as the B-side but the two songs was not included on that album and was unreleased until this day.
    More Details Hide Details On 13 June, Gibb and Maurice reunited and they recorded four songs, the two of the four tracks was released on their upcoming album 2 Years On, the session was originally for Maurice alone as he bought Gibb to the sessions. On 21 June sessions, the pair recorded another five songs. In August, the pair returned to studio and they announced that the Bee Gees were back, with or without Barry's contribution, one of the fourteen songs, "Back Home" and "I'm Weeping" was also released on 2 Years On. On 21 August, it was announced that Barry rejoined the group and record together, and the first song after the announcement was "Lonely Days" which reached #3 in the US Billboard Hot 100. On the 2 Years On album contains Gibb's compositions including "Alone Again", he also co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the title track as well as "Man For All Seasons".
    By January 1970, Gibb started to record his second solo album Sing Slowly Sisters until February but was still unreleased.
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    On 31 January and 1 February 1970, Gibb performs in Auckland, New Zealand.
    More Details Hide Details However, Robin's first solo album, Robin's Reign (1970) was less successful and he soon found that being a solo artist was unsatisfying. Maurice played bass on the song "Mother and Jack", but was subsequently removed from the project by producer Robert Stigwood. Also in that year, Colin Petersen produced "Make a Stranger Your Friend" performed by Jonathan Kelly, on which Gibb sang on the chorus with Mick Taylor, Klaus Voormann, Madeline Bell, three members of The Family Dogg, Jackie Lomax, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and others.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    By 19 July 1969, New Musical Express announced "Tonight, Gibb is fronting a 97-piece orchestra and a 60-piece choir in a recording of his latest composition, 'To Heaven And Back' which was inspired by the Apollo 11 moonshot.
    More Details Hide Details It is an entirely instrumental piece, with the choir being used for astral effects. The single will be billed as by 'The Robin Gibb Orchestra and Chorus and it will be rush-released as soon as possible by Polydor". At that time, he was doing a musical score for Henry The Eighth and he's making his own film called Family Tree. Later, it was reported on NME that Gibb wrote dozen of songs for Tom Jones, a meeting between Gibb and Jones was said to be arranged for Gibb's return from a three-day promo trip to Germany.
    Also in 1969, Gibb co-produced "Love for Living", the song was performed by Clare Torry and was released as a single.
    More Details Hide Details He also starts a mini-tour, making television appearances in dozen countries to promote "Saved by the Bell".
    On 19 March 1969, he announced that he was leaving the Bee Gees the same day as the band recorded "Tomorrow Tomorrow" and that became their first single without Robin.
    More Details Hide Details 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. As he performs that song on the German TV show Beat-Club.
    In August, the band started to record Odessa. In January 1969, Gibb co-wrote another Marbles single "The Walls Fell Down" and co-produced the sessions that same month.
    More Details Hide Details However, the rivalry with Barry eventually prompted Robin to leave the group and begin a solo career (three months after guitarist Vince Melouney left the band) after his song "Lamplight" was relegated to the B-side of Barry's song "First of May". Meanwhile, there were rumours during this period that he was dealing with drug problems, allegedly leading his parents to threaten legal action to make him a ward of court (the UK age of majority at that time being 21, while Gibb was only 19). The Bee Gees' last recording session with Robin was in February 1969. Gibb's last performance with the group was on The Tom Jones Show and Top of the Pops before leaving the group.
  • 1968
    Age 18
    In 1968 Gibb married Molly Hullis, a secretary in Robert Stigwood's organisation. The couple had both survived the Hither Green rail crash, which killed 49 people on 5 November 1967.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children together, Spencer (b. 1972) and Melissa (b. 1974).
    On 27 July 1968, Gibb collapsed and fell unconscious.
    More Details Hide Details He later admitted to a London nursing home suffering from nervous exhaustion as the group's American tour was postponed. Gibb later moved to Sussex on 31 July to continue his recuperation. Harley Madison of Hullabaloo also made a comment on Gibb's nervous exhaustion. When Gibb collapsed it was only a few hours before the Bee Gees began the tour. Four dates were cancelled and Gibb had another illness called relapse and had to fly back to England to rest a few days. Gibb co-wrote "Only One Woman", The Marbles' debut and successful hit especially in Europe and New Zealand. The single "I Started a Joke" on which he sang lead and co-wrote made the Bee Gees' debut on the US Top 10. Although Gibb claimed that the melody of the song was inspired by the sounds he heard in a jet engine.
    On 13 June 1968, seven songs were recorded including "Indian Gin and Whisky Dry" all of the songs was credited to Gibb alone just his vocals and guitar and the song was later appeared on Idea.
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  • 1967
    Age 17
    On the day it reached number one, 5 November 1967, Robin Gibb recalled to The Mail on Sunday on 1 November 2009:
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  • 1966
    Age 16
    Also in 1966, Gibb and his brother Barry took more solo vocals.
    More Details Hide Details The group's first period of British success in the late 1960s started with "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and the band added drummer Colin Petersen and guitarist Vince Melouney to make the group as a band. They toured the Europe in 1967 and 1968 as well as US in August 1968. The band's first UK #1 was "Massachusetts" which features Gibb on lead vocal.
    In 1966, he wrote his first song "I Don't Know Why I Bother With Myself" that was credited to himself.
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  • 1965
    Age 15
    The first Bee Gees record on which he sang lead was "I Don't Think It's Funny" in 1965.
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  • 1964
    Age 14
    Their 1964 single "Claustrophobia" is notable for being the first song that features Gibb as an instrumentalist playing melodica.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 10
    The name was finally changed to Bee Gees, when they lived in Queensland, Australia. The Bee Gees' debut television appearance was in 1960 on Desmond Tester's Strictly for Moderns when they performed "Time Is Passing By". When they signed to Festival Records at the start of 1963 (but they were assigned to Leedon Records) they released their debut single, "The Battle of the Blue and the Grey".
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  • 1955
    Age 5
    In 1955, when the Gibbs moved back to their home town of Manchester, the Gibb brothers formed The Rattlesnakes.
    More Details Hide Details The band consisted of Barry on guitar and vocals, Robin and Maurice on vocals, Paul Frost on drums and Kenny Horrocks on tea-chest bass, and the quintet performed in local theatres in Manchester, their influences at that time such as The Everly Brothers, Cliff Richard and Paul Anka. In May 1958, it was disbanded as Frost and Horrocks left, and the name changed to Wee Johnny Hayes and the Blue Cats. In August 1958, the family travelled to Australia on the same ship as Australian musician Red Symons.
  • 1953
    Age 3
    In 1953, the Gibbs watched the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the television.
    More Details Hide Details Their neighbour in Willaston, Isle of Man, Marie Beck who was the friend of his mother and her sister Peggy. Another neighbour, Helen Kenney was living in Douglas Head as Kenney recalls "Barry and the twins used to come into Mrs. Beck's house and we would mind them, Robin once said to me, 'We're going to be rich one day, we're going to form a band!' "Little did I realise he meant it".
  • 1949
    Born
    Robin Hugh Gibb was born on 22 December 1949 in Jane Crookall Maternity Home in Douglas, Isle of Man, to Hugh and Barbara Gibb (née Pass).
    More Details Hide Details He was the fraternal twin of Maurice Gibb and was the older of the two by 35 minutes. Apart from Maurice, he had one sister, Lesley Evans, and two brothers, Barry and Andy. As children in Manchester, Gibb and his brothers began committing petty crimes such as arson.
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