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Also Known As: Robin Hugh Gibb Died: May 20, 2012
Born: December 22, 1949 Cause of Death: Cancer
Birth Place: Douglas, Isle of Man, , GB Profession: musician

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The crystalline vibrato of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Robin Gibb was a key factor in four decades of hit songs by the Bee Gees, alongside brothers Barry and Maurice. In addition to co-writing nearly all of the band's greatest songs - from 1960s-era hits like "To Love Somebody" and "Massachusetts," to their record-breaking disco and funk songs of the 1970s for the Saturday Night Fever (1977) soundtrack - Robin's high, precise harmonies with his brothers helped sell some 220 million records, a figure comparable only to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Michael Jackson. Save for a brief period in 1969, Gibb was present for the momentous highs, but also the intense lows of the Bee Gees' career, which culminated in 1988 with the death of baby brother Andy Gibb, and then in 2003 with the death of his twin, Maurice Gibb. However, to the delight of fans worldwide, Robin and Barry announced in 2009 that they would resume recording new songs. But the promise of new music never materialized due to mounting health issues for the singer. Still, the contributions of Robin Gibb and his brothers to pop music were almost without peer and were some of the most successful ever recorded.

The crystalline vibrato of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Robin Gibb was a key factor in four decades of hit songs by the Bee Gees, alongside brothers Barry and Maurice. In addition to co-writing nearly all of the band's greatest songs - from 1960s-era hits like "To Love Somebody" and "Massachusetts," to their record-breaking disco and funk songs of the 1970s for the Saturday Night Fever (1977) soundtrack - Robin's high, precise harmonies with his brothers helped sell some 220 million records, a figure comparable only to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Michael Jackson. Save for a brief period in 1969, Gibb was present for the momentous highs, but also the intense lows of the Bee Gees' career, which culminated in 1988 with the death of baby brother Andy Gibb, and then in 2003 with the death of his twin, Maurice Gibb. However, to the delight of fans worldwide, Robin and Barry announced in 2009 that they would resume recording new songs. But the promise of new music never materialized due to mounting health issues for the singer. Still, the contributions of Robin Gibb and his brothers to pop music were almost without peer and were some of the most successful ever recorded.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Dave Henderson
2.
 Bee Gees Story, The (2002) Interviewee
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1953:
Moved to Manchester, England with family
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Made public singing debut with brothers Barry and Maurice at a local theater
1958:
With family, moved to Queensland, Australia following the birth of his youngest brother Andy
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Formed musical group with brothers Robin and Maurice; called themselves the Rattlesnakes, then Wee Johnny Hayes & the Bluecats, and finally the Bee Gees
1963:
First televised appearance of the Bee Gees, "Country and Western Hour" (on Australia's NWS 9)
1965:
Released the group's debut album <i>The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs</i>
1966:
The Bee Gees landed first Australian No. 1 with "Spicks and Specks"
1967:
Charted in the U.S. and U.K. with the Top 20 singles "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and "To Love Somebody"
1968:
The Bee Gees reached No. 6 on the U.S. charts with "I Started a Joke," written and mainly sung by Robin
1969:
Quit the Bee Gees after the group releases Barry's "First of May" (over his "Lamplight") as the first single off the album <i>Odessa</i>; released solo single "Saved By the Bell"
1969:
Released debut solo album <i>Robin's Reign</i>
1970:
The Bee Gees reunite; released the album <i>2 Years On </i>
1971:
Group landed at No. 1 on the U.S. charts with the ballad "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"; Al Green covered the track in 1972
1975:
At Eric Clapton's suggestion, relocated with brothers to Miami, FL to record
1975:
Band unveiled a new sound and topped the U.S. charts once again with "Jive Talkin'"
1977:
Released the successful live album <i>Here at Last...Bee Gees...Live</i>
1977:
The Bee Gees penned and performed several songs for <i>Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track</i>; album spent 24 straight weeks at No. 1; spawned the hit singles "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Woman," "How Deep Is Your Love," and "Night Fever"; also yielded the Bee Gees-penned hit for Yvonne Elliman, "If I Can't Have You"; won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1979
1978:
With the Bee Gees, co-starred with Peter Frampton in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," a musical film based on The Beatles' 1967 album of the same name
1983:
With brothers, penned the No. 1 duet "Islands in the Stream" for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
1983:
Co-produced the successful soundtrack to the "Saturday Night Fever" sequel "Staying Alive"
1983:
Released the moderately successful solo albums <i>How Old Are You?</i> and <i>Secret Agent</i>
1985:
With brothers, wrote and produced Diana Ross' album <i>Eaten Alive</i>; featured the title track, co-written with Michael Jackson
1989:
With the Bee Gees, returned to the Top 10 with the title track and album <i>One</i>; album featured a song dedicated to their late brother Andy titled "Wish You Were Here"
1990:
Released the Bee Gees' box set <i>Tales from the Brothers Gibb</i>
1994:
The Bee Gees inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
1997:
The Bee Gees inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1997:
Landed first Bee Gees album in the Top 20 since the 1970s with <i>Still Waters </i>
1998:
Released the live album <i>One Night Only</i>; recorded during a 1997 concert in Las Vegas, NV
2001:
Recorded the Bee Gees' 22nd studio album <i>This is Where I Came In</i>; the group's last album as a trio
2002:
The Bee Gees performed last concert as a trio at the Love and Hope Ball
2003:
Appeared on Fox's "American Idol" as a guest judge; returned in 2010 as a performer
2003:
Released solo album <i>Magnet</i>
2006:
Released the holiday album <i>Robin Gibb ¿ My Favorite Carols</i>
2010:
Featured in the documentary "Bee Gees: In Our Own Time"
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wife:
Dwina Gibb. Born c. 1953.

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brother:
Maurice Gibb. Musician. Robin's fraternal twin.
brother:
Andy Gibb. Musician. Died 1988.
brother:
Barry Gibb. Musician. Robin's elder.

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