I woke up this morning to hear the sad news that Robin Gibb has died. He had been battling colon cancer for several years. When I was growing up, the Bee Gees (Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb) were massive, mainly due to writing the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. For a number of years, the album was the biggest selling album ever. I was never particularly into the disco music the Bee Gees were singing in this period, but I discovered their earlier stuff from the late 1960s, and I am still a huge fan to this day of this era of the Bee Gee’s music.
My favourite Bee Gees song is probably “Words“.
The sheer range and variety of songs the Bee Gees wrote is staggering, many for other people. Songs like “Islands in the stream”, “Chain Reaction”, “Grease”, and “Woman in Love”, all major hits for other artists, were written by the Bee Gees.
With Maurice, Robin’s twin brother, dying in 2003, now Barry is the only remaining Gibb brother (Andy Gibb, who has never part of the Bee Gees, died of a drug overdose in 1988).