Death of Robin Gibb- One of the pillars of Disco Era and the Co-founder of Bee Gees

Robin Gibb who helped in transforming and defining the disco era has died after a long battle with liver and colon cancer on Sunday evening. He was sixty-two and had in fact shown slight improvement in his health in recent months. Robin Gee with his twin brother Maurice Gibb and Barry Gibb created waves with their funky beats and falsetto harmonies of their smash hit album “Staying Alive” and “Jive Talkin”.

Robin Gibb has spent about six decades of his career in pursuing solo projects. But success and fortune came when along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, when Robin Gee formed the Bee Gees band. The Bee Gee is an abbreviated form of Brothers Gibb consisting of Barry Gibb the eldest one and twins Maurice and Robin Gibb. The success of Robin Gibb reached its peak when the Bee Gee group composed “Saturday Night Fever” album that had also included the songs performed by other performers.

Bee Gee as a group was officially formed in Australia and the first solo album under this band was “The Battle of the Blue and the Grey” way back in 1963. The Gibb brothers travelled to England to pursue a career in music and released their first British number one album “Massachusetts” in the year-1967.

The decade of 1970’s truly belonged to the Bee Gee group with the release of ballads such as “How Can You Mend Broken Heart, “Lonely Days” that topped the U.S. Charts in 1971. The other notable blockbusters of this band included “How Deep is your Love”, “More Than a Women” that were quite distinctive for their slower romantic ballads, disco beats and high vocals and harmonies. The music composed by Bee Gee group in the movie of “Saturday Night Fever” also made John Travolta an overnight star.

The Bee Gees had over 6000 cover versions of their songs and went on to sell more than 200 million records and a successful release of their singles made them eligible for a grand entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With the disco era beginning to fade away the success of Robin Gibbs and his brothers went into obscurity. However a come back in the form of album “E.S.P.” was a moderate success in the year-1987.

Tributes poured in from Twitter, fellow musicians, record labels. The show was stopped for a moment of silence at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas with a black and white picture of Gibb that was displayed against the stage backdrop as a mark of respect for this music stalwart.

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