Robin Gibb of the BeeGees 1949 – 2012 RIP

Robin Gibb of the BeeGees

Robin Gibb, co-founder of the BeeGees, 22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012

Losing Donna Summer and Robin Gibb in one week, both to cancer, is an incalculable loss.

“The family of Robin Gibb … announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” a statement posted on his official website said.

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

Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Brisbane, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio and when the group found their first success they returned to the United Kingdom where they achieved worldwide fame.

By the late 1970s, the Bee Gees became one of the top pop acts in the world, riding the disco craze. Gibb has pursued a solo career over the years, but never gained the same level of success as the Bee Gees.

Robin with his twin brother Maurice and his brother Barry were encouraged by their bandleader father as they pursued their careers.

According to Biography, in moving to England in 1967, Gibb’s career started to take off. The Bee Gees scored several hits, including the psychedelic rock-flavored “New York Mining Disaster 1941.” In 1969, Gibb went solo briefly, releasing Robin’s Reign that year. “Saved by the Bell” proved to be his first hit on his own. Gibb later reunited with his brothers and scored another hit with 1971’s “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”

In 2004, the Bee Gees received their CBEs from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for their “contribution to music.”

With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time.

They fell out of favor for a time as the disco craze died out but they came back with hit albums such as Saturday Night Live.

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.[4] On 20 May 2012, Gibb died at the age of 62 from colorectal cancer. [Wiki]

God bless Robin Gibb and peace to his family. We are very fortunate to have known you.

Last concert, February, 2012 –

1969 –

LAMPLIGHT (Bee Gees Lead By Robin)

Alons, viens encore, cherie.
J’attendrai patiemment sous la lampe dans la vieille avenue.

Then I may end.
She had things to buy.
I close my eyes .
Yet I don’t know why.
I gave her money; said she knew someone.
And she said she won’t be long.

Lamplight keep on burning while this heart of mine is yearning.
Lamplight keep on burning till this love of yours is mine.

I sat alone with my thoughts and laughed .
Then saw your face in an old photograph.
I didn’t think that I could live without you but what am I to do ?

Lamplight keep on burning while this heart of mine is yearning.
Lamplight keep on burning till this love of yours is mine

Come home again dear. I have waited year after year
under the lamp in our old avenue.
If all in the world that’s laughing, why should it make us cry?

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