Robin Gibb Dead at 62

Via Rollingstone Magazine:

Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old.

“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,” reads the statement. “The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Two years ago, Gibb battled colon and liver cancer, but despite making what he called a “spectacular recovery,” a secondary tumor recently developed, complicated by a case of pneumonia.

Robin is survived by brother, Barry Gibb. Twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003. The youngest of the Gibb brothers, Andy passed in 1988.

Robin and Barry made an appearance on American Idol in 2010.

RIP Robin.

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  • Anonymous

    Awww….I still love the Bee Gees. So sad I never got to see them in concert.

  • Anonymous

    RIP Robin.

  • Chris

    Oh my, what a bad week for disco.  Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees and Donna Summer.

    He was blessed with more time bouncing back from his coma so hopefully he said and did it all.

  • judes

    Oh how sad that Barry has seen his 3 younger brothers go before him. We claim that the Bee Gees were discovered here in Australia even though they didn’t get world wide acclamation until they went back to the UK. There’s something about family voices harmonising that’s unique & beautiful.

  • Trina

    Oh crap :( What a depressing week in music.  The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack remains one of my all time favorite movie soundtracks.  Gonna say a prayer and listen to How Deep Is Your Love :/

  • Anonymous

    So sad. Barry’s the only Gibb brother left now. First Andy, then Maurice, now Robin.

    The Bee Gees were amazing. I know everyone tends to focus on their disco music, but some of their pre-disco stuff is fantastic, too.

    RIP Robin

  • Devin Harper

    Rest in Peace Robin. Rest well knowing that you will live on forever in your music and in the hearts of your family, friends, and fans! We are losing too many legends!

  • hillstreetblooz

    Makes me sad to read this. Seems all the authentic greats of the music industry over the past 40 years or so are leaving us in succession… The Bee Gees are one of my all time faves, they were a great group and have hits and set records that will stand for some time. I respect their contributions to making my teenage years so danceable and memorable… my heart goes out to Barry… he’s the last one standing, as Maurice and Robin are gone, as is baby bro Andy… talk about hotness, he was a hottie, lol… May you all digging the music scene TODAY, especially the upstarts on the dance music scene, have groups like this that bring you great memories throughout your lifetime… all owe a debt to the Brothers Gibb for showing us how fun and funky and good dance music SHOULD be – without all the electronica and autotune crap gunking up the mix – dance music stars like the Donna Summers and the Bee Gee’s and others from that era could S-A-N-G. Gonna be real – these white boys from England could S-A-N-G, LOL… with the state of the artists and the business today, I doubt seriously groups like the Bee Gees will come along again to impact the scene and lives and the culture like they did… As with Donna Summer, I’m cranking the disco up to 10 and putting on my boogie shoes and reliving Good times… RIP Robin Gibb. *sigh*

  • fuzzywuzzy

    RIP Robin.  Condolensces to his friends and family.

  • hillstreetblooz

     *sigh* That song is just achingly beautiful……*sadz*

  • Ronnie D

    Donna Summer and now him. It happens in 3’s! I will always remember this song where Robin sang lead.

  • Anonymous

    :( So sad.  I love the Bee Gees and still listen to all their music.  What a contribution to music they made.  Robin had a beautiful voice.  My heart goes out to his family.  RIP Robin!

  • wicked

    So sad – such a tragic time for Barry.
    Loved Saturday Night Fever – John Travolta strutting down the street to Staying Alive – so many good songs.

    Too Much Heaven

  • Anonymous

    So sad for Robin Gibb.
    Nobody could ever sing I Started A Joke like he did.

  • hillstreetblooz

    Can these guys S-A-N-G or what? This is RnB and pop and Soul all rolled into one – they could do it. Barry Gibb’s falsetto is up there with the best of them… RIP Robin – the music is still kickin’…

  • Axxxel

    RIP Robin Gibb…. Have to rewatch Youtube clips from the Glee episode …”Saturday Night Glee-ver” to sooth the sadness in my heart.

     First knew the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack…Will never forget the magic of the song “Night Fever”… See Glee version . They even used the original dancefloor from the movie.

    Joshua Ledet (American Idol season 11) just did a few weeks ago a nice rendition of ” To love somebody” and my most favorite Bee Gees song, NOT sung by them is “Heartbreaker” sung by Dionne Warwick… Wait, maybe Barry was  singing in the background in the original version…. This is a more recent, faster version.

  • clearone

    RIP Robin ……. so sad, only one BeeGee left.  I have wonderful memories of their music. 

  • Anonymous

    Really sad news.  There was a time when the Bee Gees were huge and everyone loved them.  Their catalog of hits is very impressive.

  • wicked

    Oh and this is so touching – beautiful:

    Robin Gibb – I’ve Got To Get A Message To You

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling this is going to be another of those big “celebrity years of death,” like 2009. Etta James, Whitney Houston, Davey Jones, Dick Clark, Donna Summer, and now Robin Gibb. Meanwhile, the people on top of the charts today mostly rely on Auto-tune to make their records sound good and flashy lights and backup dancers to make their live performances interesting. RIP to all the legends we’ve lost, and let us pray that modern music uphold their legacy.

  • Anonymous

    Davy Jones
    Whitney Houston
    Dick Clark
    Levon Helm
    Adam Yauch
    Duck Dunn
    Donna Summer
    Robin Gibb
    (Did I miss anyone?)

    I guess 2012 will be the “YEAR the Music Died.”

    So sad. May they all rest in peace. I will always be grateful for the music they brought to the world.

  • wicked

    We have lost a lot of musical icons this past year.

    Edited since Holden17C has posted who I was thinking of.

  • Trina

    I just watched Josh’ amazing rendition. 

    This also feels appropriate to post here..Clay’s gorgeous rendition with Robin as a guest judge. So sad 

  • Anonymous

    Oh the BeeGees remind me so much of my childhood. Wonderful, unforgettable  music from them.  RIP Robin.

  • Tiffany

    So sorry to hear this.  Bee Gees has always been my favorite group.  I still listen to my cds, never get tired of hearing them.

  • Incipit

     hillstreetblooz, a perfect song to link. “Everything we are will never die…”

    Those brother’s voices could blend in a way that created an unforgettable sound; how sad for Barry to lose the last of his siblings.

    Sad for me too – another piece of my musical history is gone. RIP Robin. 

  • Anonymous

    Another musical icon is gone… geesh, that’s so depressing.  Thank goodness for recorded music, that we’ll still be able to enjoy true genius for years and decades to come. RIP Robin, one of the greats.

  • Anonymous

    Damn! Clay was amazing on that song!

  • Reflects On Life

    If it happens in 3s, and John Travolta is next (God forbid!), we’ll know that this was the week that Disco Died.

    RIP Robin.  So sad today.
    “How Deep is Your Love” is a song that I sung as a lullaby when putting my kids to bed.

  • hillstreetblooz

    I’m just a sentimental old music loving fool at heart… Been a bad couple of years for sentimental old music loving fools … MJ… Whitney… Donna… Robin…Maurice… I even shed a little tear when Gerry Rafferty passed last January – I really liked him too…  *sigh* i’ll be better tomorrow, tonight ima reminiesce, listen to some REAL music by some of these greats, and squeeze a little work i’ve been avoiding in too, lol…  

  • hillstreetblooz

     Seeing that list in black and white… depressing… i know all the cliches – life must go on blahblahblah, but this is sad… we have got to stop snarking and trying to relegate our icons to the scrap heap just because they may not be burning up charts, or looking as cute as they did in their prime. buy their music, listen and learn something from them… we still have a lot of icons and tresures that need to know while they are living how much they are appreciated… i may be old by some folks standards, but i thank goodness i lived in a time when there was respect and reverence for music and the musicians that sang, wrote and recorded it. I hope we will begin remembering that, before the next icon leaves us… tonight ima keep my boogie shoes on, pull out the original vinyl copies of Donna Summer and the Bee Gees – me and my baby are going down memory lane :)

  • Pam

    I really hated to come here and see this headline.  Yes, there has been a ton of loss this year.  It’s just truly heartbreaking.  I remember when we got the news of Dick Clark’s death about Robin in the hospital in a coma and the doctors not expecting him to make it and then one day see the headline that he had awoke from his coma and it was said the first thing he asked for was ice cream.  His doctors and the entire family were truly shocked by it.  At the time, I couldn’t help but wonder how much longer he truly had.  I really feel sorry for Barry right now with him being the only one of his four brothers left.  All four brothers had the highest of highs with their chart success and at other times, the lowest of lows at times with drug and alcohol addiction but they were all extremely talented in their own way and you couldn’t help but love their music.

    I send my deepest condolances to Barry and the rest of the Gibb family.   

    Of the entire Bee Gee’s catalog, I suppose this one song that stands out in my mind is this one because we saw it performed on AI during the season 6 HW rounds.

    RIP Robin you will be missed.


  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget they were pretty prolific songwriters too…
    Prayers are with Barry and the Gibb clan tonight

  • Anonymous

    This makes me so sad.  I love the Bee Gees music.  I was stunned when I read this earlier.  I thought he was recovering.  I read earlier in the thread about how he was blessed to have had the time after waking from his coma so that he could say what he needed to say, and just to have that time with his loved ones.  It was a blessing.  We are blessed that he left a lasting legacy of great music with his brothers.  Only Barry remains.  How sad to watch your siblings go before you, all before their time.  God bless him, and the family.

  • merkureye

    The Bee Gees are one of my favorite groups of all time.  Hard to believe that two-thirds of the group whose sound may have defined the culture of the late 70’s and 80’s are gone (first Maurice ’03 and now Robin).  Fanny Be Tender With My Love and Love So Right are a couple of the pre-Satureday Night Fever songs that I never grow tired hearing.  Robin’s vocals are prominent on early classics like Massachusetts and I Started a Joke.  I loved Robin’s distinctive vocal quality.  It seems in later years Barry was the dominant lead singer.  I always kind of wondered why. I can’t argue with success.

    Songs penned by the Brothers Gibb are innumerable.  If I Can’t Have You-SNF Soundtrack; Woman in Love-Streisand; Hearbreaker-Dionne Warwick; Islands in the Stream-Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton and on and on. 

    We still have Barry with us but, Robin Gibbs is too soon gone.

    Side note: Barry Gibbs sings falsetto on almost all of BG’s later hits.  Deandre, are you listening?

    I’m feeling, a Bee Gees theme for AI Season 12. 

  • iani

    So sad, few days ago Donna Summer, now another Bee Gees brother, musicians that had a big contributions to create and improve a musical era. The good thing is they go to the place with no pain and sorrow to RIP quietly. I’ve really liked BG’ music, a collection of hit-songs in, but 2 of them have always stood for me from the rest, one is “Tragedy” and this one sung by Robin “Massachusetts” Undeniably a special band with an unique style!

    ETA: Thank you Incipit for the video link, almost 2h of good music. Looking at that list I see another song that I’ve really liked “Too Much Heaven”

  • Guest

    THAT (Clay’s “To Love Somebody”) is one of the absolute MOST BEAUTIFUL songs EVER sung on Idol – whatever anyone thinks of him, his voice cannot be denied as one of the best ever.

  • Anonymous

    RIP Robin.

  • hillstreetblooz

    Found this gem… put on those dancing shoes – let’s jam to the Bee Gee’s! Um, Um John Travolta was the MAN after this movie… I think he owes the Bee Gee’s a lot of credit for his career, lol….

    You Should Be Dancing

  • getaway1

    This is sad.  I know he fought really hard.  His music will live on.  Best to his family during this difficult time.

  • Anonymous

    Favorite Bee Gees song:” How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”.  Such beautiful harmonies. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know; that didn’t go over very well back in Season 6. And yes, DeAndre could learn a lot from the Brothers Gibb (or now, just Barry). It’s been a rough week in our house; my dad loved Donna Summer’s music so much, and my mom is a huge Bee Gees fan.

  • Anonymous

    That’s my favorite one, too; that and “Stayin’ Alive” (it will never get old).

  • Incipit

    The Brothers Gibb –  Prolific songwriters, amazing performers, with an unforgettable sound all their own. This full-length concert was shot at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 14, 1997 and is one of very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed. They do a 30 year retrospective, here’s the set list:

    1. You Should Be Dancing
    2. Alone
    3. Massachusetts
    4. To Love Somebody
    5. I’ve Got To Get A Message To You
    6. Words
    7. Closer Than Close
    8. Islands in the Stream
    9. One
    10. Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away)
    11. Night Fever/More Than A Woman
    12. Still Waters
    13. Lonely Days
    14. Morning of My Life
    15. New York Mining Disaster 1941
    16. Too Much Heaven
    17. I Can’t See Nobody
    18. Run To Me
    19. And The Sun Will Shine
    20. Nights on Broadway
    21. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
    22. Heartbreaker
    23. Guilty
    24. Immortality
    25. Tragedy
    26. I Started A Joke
    27. Grease
    28. Jive Talkin’
    29. How Deep Is Your Love
    30. Stayin’ Alive
    31. You Should Be Dancing

    Expect to get chills when Robin does #26 – “I Started a Joke”.

  • Connie
  • Connie

    Live By Request Part 1 (of 22) Beautiful show

  • Anonymous

    This is such sad news. I am a huge fan of the Bee Gees.  RIP Robin.

  • Anonymous

    Love the Bee Gees, love the Gibb brothers….they have their music that will last for sure….AI shld do a tribute to all the music greats who have recently passed….they have had plenty of great music….

  • Axxxel

    Thank you for the clip ! Great  rendition by Clay ! Must have been inspiring for Clay to hear those words from Robin Gibb himself !!! wow !!