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Farewell Robin Gibb

What must Barry Gibb be feeling? He is the last one, the last of the Bee Gees. So much tragedy has visited this family. So much heartache. Andy Gibb died sudenly from an unexpected illness at age 30 in 1988 and another brother, twin Maurice died in 2003 at 53 years old.

Robin Gibb battled with colon and liver cancer when it was diagnosed after a surgery and he passed last week. Like Donna Summer, the Bee Gees defined an era– their fame peaking during Disco’s heyday and John Travolta’s iconic disco dancing and film “Saturday Night fever.”

Barry Gibb’s official website announced his passing and requested family be given space an dprivacy during this very difficult time. Bee Gees and Robin fans may leave comments and condolences at the website on the comments page.

It’s hard to lose an icon who defined part of your life. Music is personal, visceral, physical especially if you sing its lyrics or dance to its rhythms. Music makes neural connections linking sound wtih memory and the replay of music can transcendentally transport one back to earlier times and perhaps happier or more exciting ones.

The Bee Gees are considered songwriters second only to the Beatles’ Lennon and McCartney team and Robin Gibb has been called “one of the brest white soul voices in the industry.” They produced 30 top 40 hits during their stellar career. The are considered one of the most relevant British groups in the history of music.

The Bee Gees’ hits catalogue, which includes Massachusetts, I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You, Lonely Days, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart and How Deep Is Your Love, led to their induction into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame.

The Bee Gees were an institution. And Robin Gibb was part of that institution. Thank you Robin– for the music and the memories. And bless you Barry Gibb, out hearts go out to you; may you find comfort while navigating this loss.

One of Robin’s last performances on Idol 2010:





Robin Gibb on Michael Jackson’s passing:


  1. Robbie M said . . .

    I grew up in an era when we were spoilt for choice when it came to great singers and songwriters. Mediocrity was alien to these people. The BeeGees were unique. They had a sound all their own, harmonies never heard before nor likely ever to be heard again. God rest your soul, Robin. Along with your brothers you gifted the world joy every time you performed, and we are the poorer now you are gone. Thanks for the wonderful memories. Love and blessings from Scotland

    Posted May 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink
  2. victoria drumbakis said . . .

    Barbara, thank you for this.. Yet another piece of our collective voice has gone home. Robin Gibb helped define my generation and his music will live on as a reminder of his incredible talent and creativity. God bless him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Barry Gibb as he moves through the grief of losing not only a creative partner, not only a brother but a soul mate as well…..Blessings and may God hold you in the palm of his hand……..

    Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink
  3. Essa said . . .

    What sad news, to lose so many generation defining talents back to back.
    It feels like an entire magical era is fading away. Long live the memory of the times created by these wonderful artists. May we see such times again in our lifetime.

    Posted May 22, 2012 at 7:48 am | Permalink
  4. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    If someone finds a legitimate address for Barry Gibb where condolences might be sent, please send it along. I could only find one for his agent. I’m thinking he could use the LOVE. Anyone?

    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  5. Robbie M said . . .

    Could only find his official website, He also has a Facebook page where condolences are being left. Hope this is of some help.Love and blessings from Scotland

    Posted May 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink
  6. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Barry Gibb’s tribute to his brother on Twitter:

    Posted May 25, 2012 at 3:07 am | Permalink
  7. marga1961 said . . .

    ThanX so much for this article. The Bee Gees, my youth…, and now all Misery, so many losses last period 🙁 . I am still reading all your posts in awe, thanX for sharing your words…

    Posted June 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  8. len mceachern said . . .

    My heart felt sympathy to Barry and family after such a loss.So much
    has gone on to such a wonderful group who has given so much to the world
    You are all so special to everyone who is still here.We will never forget
    Maurice and Robin. Best wishes

    Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:55 am | Permalink

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