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Robin Gibb: Voice of an Angel

Updated on September 5, 2014

A tribute to one of the greatest voices in music history

When I first heard the news that my favourite singer/songwriter, Robin Gibb, had passed away, part of myself seemed to shatter.While most of my friends during my early teenage years would go starry-eyed over the handsome hunks of the Backstreet Boys and Hanson, I would be sighing over Robin, who even at the time was rather aged, balding, and hardly suitable for a 12 year old preteen such as myself. However, he had a clear advantage over the teen heartthrobs of my youth in my mind - the possession of what I call The Voice of an Angel. During the day, Robin's voice would be the only sound you would hear coming from my cassette player. At night, he would be the one to sing me to sleep. It was his beautiful voice that helped me overcome some of the most challenging years of my teenage life, and for that I am forever grateful.I have written this tribute to Robin Gibb not only to honour his incredible contribution to modern music over the years, but also to rediscover my own personal love for him, his voice, and music. Though physically, he is not with us anymore, I hope that Robin's magical warble and strong spirit will continue to enchant people for generations to come. Rest in peace.

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By Atco Records. (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Early History: From Britain to Australia

The birth of the Bee Gees on Australian soil

Robin Hugh Gibb was born on the Isle of Man to Hugh and Barbara Gibb on December 22nd 1949, thirty minutes before his twin brother Maurice, and four years after his older brother Barry. The three brothers would later form the group the Bee Gees, one of the best-selling musical acts of all time.Their musical talent first became apparent when the boys and their parents moved to Keppel Road in Manchester. The brothers often recall one incident in which they were booked to lip sync to a record at a local cinema, but were forced to sing live because the record broke on the way to the venue. They received such a positive response that they decided to pursue a singing career from that day forth. They could not have expected the massive success that would await them.In the year 1958, mostly due to Barry's delinquency in the face of the law, the Gibb family, along with new baby brother Andy Gibb, decided to leave Britain for a new life in Australia. They spent the first five years in Queensland, and the following three years in Sydney, during which time they signed two important record deals, one with Festival Records and the other with Spin Records. With the invaluable help of engineer-producer Ossie Byrne, the brothers wrote their first hit single 'Spicks and Specks'. However, the Bee Gees, as they were now officially known, soon began to feel suffocated and unappreciated by their Australian audience, and in 1966, decided to return to their roots in England.

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Rivalry Between Brothers

Robin leaves the Bee Gees to pursue a career as a solo artist

Back on English soil, the Bee Gees were soon scooped up by Robert Stigwood, colleague of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. He gave them a five year contract with Polydor records and ATCO records, promoting them as a rival group to the Beatles. Immediate success was not slow to follow, with the release of such hit singles as 'New York Mining Disaster 1941', 'Holiday', 'Massachusetts', 'World', 'Words', and 'I've Gotta Get a Message to You'.However, as with many groups, the Bee Gee's overnight success began to take its toll on Robin and Barry's relationship. Both natural leaders, Robin was upset by Robert Stigwood's apparent preference for Barry as the group's frontman. Their rivalry reached a head when Stigwood chose the song 'First of May', with Barry on lead vocals, over Robin's ballad 'Lamplight' as the group's newest single. In 1969, Robin left the group to pursue the first of his three attempts at a solo career. His first solo album, Robin's Reign, was a moderate hit, and features the melancholy single 'Saved by the Bell'.

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Robin Gibb: Robin's Reign - A review of Robin's first ever solo album

Don't let the rather silly album cover fool you - this album is a masterpiece for its time. Perhaps the aspect I enjoy the most about Robin's Reign is the unique story each track tells. The moody melody 'Farmer Ferdinand Hudson', for instance, recounts the tale of an unfortunate farmer who meets a sad end, whereas the lighthearted 'Mother and Jack' speaks of high society's attitude towards the poor. Each song is a social commentary made in a circuitous and often entertaining way. And just think - it even contains a song that mentions my name, Heather!

Robin's Reign
Robin's Reign

Tracks include: August October, Gone Gone Gone, The Worst Girl in Town, Give Me a Smile, Down Came the Sun, Mother And Jack, Saved by the Bell, Weekend, Farmer Ferdinand Hudson, Lord Bless All, Most of My Life, and One Million Years.

 

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Italian Version of 'August October' from Robin's Reign - One of two songs Robin sang in Italian

To the delight of Italian audiences, Robin Gibb recorded an Italian version of two of the songs on Robin's Reign, specifically One Million Years and August October. Here is a video with the Italian version of 'August October', called 'Agosto Ottobre'. I have to say that I enjoy this song all the more now that I live in Italy and understand Italian!Lyrics:

L'autunno soffia nel vento, luglio settembre ti ho amata, sulla collina di sabbia, al mare canto per the.Agosto ottobre, la mano a un altro tu dai, ti fa volare nel cielo, io piango senza di the.D'ogosto ed ottobre avevo the, con te correvo sull'erba, dalla finestra ora guardo, l'autunno senza di te.Agosto ottobre la mano a un altro tu dai, ti fa volare nel cielo, io piango senza di te...

Robin Gibb: Sing Slowly Sisters - The rare unreleased album by Robin Gibb

To have 'Sing Slowly Sisters' by Robin Gibb in your album collection is, for a Bee Gees fan, like having a million dollars in the bank. It is one of the rarest Bee Gees items out there, and can usually only be found in bootleg cassette form. Though it contains twelve brilliant tracks that rival those included on 'Robin's Reign', it remains to this day unreleased. This is because the Bee Gees reunited before Robin had the chance to release the album in the year 1970. This being said, I have to ask myself why, with the vast amount of technology we now have at our disposal, they do not dig these tracks out of the archive and rerelease the album, if only in MP3 format!

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Staggering Success in the '70s

The Bee Gees reunite and take the world by storm

By the end of 1970, the brothers Gibb had let bygones be bygones, reuniting as the Bee Gees once more. However, despite a handful of successful singles such as 'Run To Me' and 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart', the public was beginning to lose interest in their musical style. Even after joining forces with famed soul producer Arif Mardin and producing the upbeat album Mr. Natural, they were unable to recapture the success they had experienced a few years before.The Bee Gees knew it was time for a change. In 1975, the brothers packed their bags and moved to Miami, Florida, where they began working on songs with a disco flavour, on the advice of Robert Stigwood and Arif Mardin. The result was the hit album Main Course, which contained both 'Jive Talking' and 'Nights on Broadway', two of the Bee Gee's most well-known chart toppers, as well as other tunes saturated with the Bee Gee's new sound - Barry's unmistakable falsetto. Their success would only climb from there, with the release of the massive hit 'You Should Be Dancing', and later on, the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever.

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Saturday Night Fever

The peak of the Bee Gee's musical career

Saturday Night Fever was a cultural phenomenon that shook not only America, but the rest of the world as well. Originally, the Bee Gees were not supposed to participate in the production of the soundtrack, but were commissioned to do so at the last minute by Robert Stigwood. They managed to write all the songs for the soundtrack in only one weekend, among which were the three number 1 hits 'Staying Alive', 'Night Fever' and 'How Deep Is Your Love'.Their involvement with the film also turned the Bee Gees into teenage heartthrobs. Bee Gees magazines, trading cards, bubble gum, lunch boxes, thermoses, pins, clothing, and more were everywhere. By March 1978, five of the top ten singles in the charts were either sung or written by the Bee Gees, a feat achieved only once before by the Beatles.

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Robin Gibb: Sesame Street Fever - Robin collaborates with the most famous puppets on earth

For a big kid like me who adores Sesame Street and the Muppets, it was a thrill to discover that Robin Gibb had not only made an appearance on Sesame Street, but had also written an album with them! The album, and one of the two songs which Robin sings, is called 'Sesame Street Fever', a play on words for the film 'Saturday Night Fever'. (The other is called 'Trash', sung with Oscar the Grouch in mind, of course!) You can hear this rare release by clicking on this video.

Portrait of Robin Gibb (1998) - One of my first portraits of Robin which he generously signed

Copyright Heather Broster
Copyright Heather Broster

At age 13, the height of my obsession with the Bee Gees, I started experimenting with portrait drawing as a way of expressing my adoration for Barry, Maurice, and particularly, Robin. I had always been interested in art, but never courageous enough to put pencil to paper. With this drawing, the second I had ever created, I launched myself into the world of realistic portraiture, a hobby I still enjoy today. In a way, I have Robin Gibb to thank for my current portrait drawing ability and love for all things artistic.N.B. The signature on the portrait is, in fact, authentic. Having gotten to know quite a few Bee Gees fans on various forums, I decided to ask one of the forum members, who knew the Bee Gees personally, to show my drawing to Robin. I can only assume this lovely lady was all too glad to see a young fan take such keen interest because she immediately obliged, asking me to send the drawing to her address. I won't tell you how many times I jumped for joy when the signed portrait arrived a few weeks later in the post!

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The 1980s: The Bee Gees Backlash

The higher you climb, the further you fall

Sadly, when the disco bubble burst, so did the popularity of the Bee Gees, particularly in the United States. The decline began with the release of the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, based on the music of the Beatles. It starred the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton as the principal actors, and was a complete commercial flop despite active promotion behind it. Record sales dropped, and radio stations even began to hold "Bee Gee Free Weekends."Amidst such sour feelings towards the disco era, the brothers knew that it was a time to lay low. They spent most of the 1980s writing and producing hit songs and albums for other artists such as Barbara Streisand and Dionne Warwick, but also embarked on moderately successful solo careers as well.Robin, specifically, wrote three solo albums entitled 'How Old Are You', 'Secret Agent' and 'Walls Have Eyes'. These three albums are, in my opinion, the epitome of Robin's brilliance both in terms of song writing and vocal flexibility. While 'How Old Are You', with its many touching ballads, remains uninfluenced by the techno/electronic sound of the '80s, 'Secret Agent' and 'Walls Have Eyes' are far more illustrative of the era in which they were written.Despite the backlash, the Bee Gees as a group were not completely unsuccessful in the 1980s. In 1987, nearly ten years after Saturday Night Fever, they reached number one in the UK and most of Europe with 'You Win Again' and later made it into the top ten with their 1989 single 'One'. They also released a sorrowful tune entitled 'Wish You Were Here' in memory of their recently deceased younger brother and fellow pop star, Andy Gibb, who had unexpectedly died of myocarditis in 1988.

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Robin Gibb's Version of 'Oh! Darling' - The only hit song from the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Here is a clip from the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band featuring Robin Gibb singing the Beatles' hit 'Oh! Darling'. It was the only song on the soundtrack that experienced moderate chart success.

Robin Gibb: How Old Are You - Review of Robin Gibb's second solo album

'How Old Are You' is a hidden gem amongst the vast collection of Bee Gees albums in existence. Though it was written during the 1980s, it has a nonspecific sound that might appeal to any generation. With a well-balanced mix of romantic ballads, upbeat tunes, and moody laments, it is an album that perfectly reflects every human's experience of love, loss, guilt and pleasure without ever exaggerating. The emotion produced by these songs is only intensified by Robin's flawless vibrato, which sounds much more improved and controlled compared to his earlier work. My favourite tracks include: In and Out of Love, Another Lonely Night in New York, and He Don't Love You Like I Do.

Robin Gibb: Secret Agent - Review of Robin Gibb's third solo album

When I first saw that 'Secret Agent' and 'Walls Have Eyes' had been released not only on CD but also in MP3 format, I almost hit the roof. Up until 2012, these two electronic albums by Robin Gibb were literally impossible to get your hands on, unless you were willing to fork out $100 for one album. I would call 'Secret Agent' mostly an experimental album, as it contains many strange tunes to which your average person would have trouble listening. This being said, fans of Robin will continue to appreciate his unique lyrics, daring sound, and of course, moving vibrato. Unlike 'How Old Are You', this album is a product of the 80s, with a very electronic and upbeat sound. In fact, Secret Agent does not even contain one ballad, a massive change in direction for the normally sentimental and romantic Robin. Tracks that truly stand out on this album are the catchy 'Boys Do Fall in Love' and 'Secret Agent' which even includes Robin producing some of his own sound vocal effects. (Think James Bond.)

Robin Gibb: Walls Have Eyes - Review of Robin Gibb's fourth solo album

'Walls Have Eyes' is similar to 'Secret Agent' in that it retains an electronic '80s sound. However, unlike its predecessor, it is brimming with ballads that recall Robin's earlier style, such as the heart-wrenching 'Like a Fool', the surprisingly sensual 'Toys' and the sentimental 'Gone With the Wind'. Since Barry and Maurice actually collaborated on this album, it contains a strong Bee Gees influence that can be heard most noticeably in the chorus of 'Toys'. Though this album is my second favourite next to 'How Old Are You', many Bee Gees fans agree that it is his best solo release.

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The 1990s: A Kinder Decade

The public begins the appreciate the Bee Gee's contribution to music

If the '80s was a decade of apathy towards the brothers, the '90s was their moment of recognition. The brothers received a number of honours and awards during this decade, from the prestigious 1990 release of a box set called Tales from the Brothers Gibb: A History in Song, to the receipt of the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 1997 Brit Awards. Most importantly, Robin Gibb was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 1997, the Bee Gees as a group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Bee Gees also embarked on their final world tour during this decade. They had originally planned to limit themselves to a 'One Night Only' performance since Barry was beginning to suffer from severe arthritis, but the positive response to the concert convinced the brothers to hold a number of other performances worldwide.It was also during the '90s that the Bee Gees created three of their most brilliant yet underrated studio albums, 'High Civilization', 'Size Isn't Everything' and 'Still Waters'. On these albums, you will find some of best songs sung by Robin, including but not limited to 'Secret Love', 'For Whom The Bell Tolls, 'Fallen Angel', 'I Will', and 'Irresistible Force'. Some of these singles off these albums received moderate radio play, and even made it into the charts, but did not touch the success the brothers had experienced twenty years before.

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Robin Gibb's Solo Work from 2000 Onwards

Robin's most recent activity in the new millennium

Much of Robin Gibb's most recent work is tainted by the untimely death of his younger twin and fellow Bee Gee, Maurice Gibb. Two years after the release of 'This Is Where I Came In', the Bee Gee's final studio album, Maurice was taken in for emergency surgery for an strangulated intestine, but died of a heart attack before the doctors could operate. On the very week that Maurice passed, Robin's fourth solo album 'Magnet' was released without much fanfare, though the single 'Please' did receive moderate radio play.Rather than bringing the two remaining brothers together, Maurice's death created a rift between them. They disbanded the Bee Gees and despite having reconciled in 2009, continue to this day to work separately.Robin now works most frequently with his son Robin John, with whom he wrote the song 'Instant Love' in 2009, and most recently, the Titantic Requiem, a moving score written in honour of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also released a number of downloadable singles such as 'Alan Freeman Days', a tribute to the recently deceased Australian DJ, 'Ellan Vannan', the unofficial national anthem of the Isle of Man, and 'Wing and a Prayer', a song with elements of the unreleased 'Sing Slowly Sisters'. His most touching release of the new millennium, in my opinion, was the 2006 Christmas Album 'Robin Gibb - My Favourite Carols' which contains a melody dedicated to Maurice entitled 'Mother of Love'.Recent honours that Robin has received include being made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace in 2002, receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Music from The University of Manchester in 2004, and receiving the Steiger Award in Germany in 2005 for his contribution to the arts.

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RJ Gibb and Robin Gibb: Instant Love - An unreleased single composed by father and son

A funky and emotional single written by Robin Gibb, and peformed by father and son together. Does anyone find it uncanny how much RJ's voice resembles his father's?

Robin Gibb: My Favourite Carols - A review of Robin Gibb's Christmas album

During the height of my obsession with the Bee Gees, I had always hoped that Robin Gibb, or the group as a whole, would produce a Christmas album. Ten years down the road, Robin did just that and outdid every expectation. The result is a beautiful compilation of what are not only his favourite Christmas carols, but mine as well. Tracks include such well-known favourites as Good King Wenceslas (my favourite carol of all time), The First Noel (with an original chorus written by Robin himself), and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. However, what really makes the album is the sprinkling of much less-known hymns, such as Once in Royal David's City and In the Bleak Midwinter. All this, coupled with Robin's haunting vibrato, makes this album as must-have addition to any Christmas music collection.

My uncle Martin Melhuish with Robin Gibb - Talking in his Thames home during the shooting an episode from 'Impact: Songs That Changed The World'

Well-known music writer and producer Martin Melhuish, otherwise known as my uncle, met Robin Gibb for the second time a few years ago during the shooting of the Stayin' Alive episode from the TV series 'Impact: Songs That Changed The World.' Here is a picture taken in his Thames home by one of Robin's favourite household treasures - a suit of armour.On a funny note, during the interview, my uncle casually mentioned that I was an avid follower of the Bee Gees. Robin was allegedly amused and flattered that a young girl such as myself was such a big fan!

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Robin Gibb's Personal Life - His relationships, children, hobbies, and more...

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By RobinReigns (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Robin Gibb's personal life has always been full of ups and downs, but no more than any other famous musician.When he was only 19 years of age, he married secretary Molly Hullis. They had both been involved in the 1967 Hither Green Rail Crash which killed 49 people. Despite the birth of two children, Robin and Molly eventually divorced in 1980. The separation was due to the fact that Molly wished to remain in the UK, while Robin was bound to the United States. Though Robin did not see his two children for many years, they were reunited when Spencer was 12 and Molly was 10. They continue to have a positive relationship even today.In 1980, Robin rediscovered love in the form of Dwina Murphy, an artist, writer, Druid priestess, and neo-Hindu Brahma Kumaris follower. The couple have a son between them named Robin John, with whom Robin has often collaborated on musical projects, the latest being the Titanic Requiem, a dedication to the 100th year anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.Since the beginning, Robin and Dwina's unconventional relationship has been viewed with a mix of admiration and abhorrence. In an interview with Howard Stern, the couple admitted to having an open relationship, and more than hinted at Dwina's bisexuality. However, in more recent interviews, Robin denies many of the claims made during the show, stating that he and Dwina actually have a rather conservative relationship. The truth probably isn't any of our business, but one cannot help but wonder how Robin, in 2009, managed to father a fourth child named Snow Robin with his housekeeper if his relationship with Dwina were completely monogamous. This being said, there is no doubt that, after 30 years together, Robin and Dwina have a solid marriage.Robin is a strict vegan, teetotaller, and supporter of the Labour Party. One of his biggest passions is British History, as can be seen by his residence, a former ecclesiastical property in Thame, Oxfordshire, and mythology, an interest he shares with his wife. He and his brother Barry both possess Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Music from The University of Manchester, and were dubbed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of England. He was also inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1994.To read an interesting interview with Robin about his home in Oxfordshire, his first meeting with Dwina, and his interests, please visit this link.

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Robin Gibb's Family Members

Meet the members of the Robin Gibb's family

In this section, you will meet the members of Robin Gibb's immediate family. I will not include Barry, Maurice and Andy Gibb as there is plenty of information about them to satisfy your curiosity on the World Wide Web. Rather, I will focus on the lesser-known members, such as his wives, parents and children.

Barbara Gibb (1921 - present)

Barbara Gibb is the 91 year old mother of Barry, Robin, Maurice, Andy and their older sister, Lesley. She currently resides in California, but spends much of her time in Las Vegas, where Andy used to perform before he passed away, and Miami. Before she gave birth to her children, she was a dance band singer. Despite the immense fame of her boys, she has always remained a dedicated and loving mother. When Andy became addicted to cocaine, she was always by his side, trying to help him overcome his addiction. Similarly with Maurice, she would accompany him to all his AA meetings. Today, Barbara divides her time between her 18 grandchildren and travelling.To read a full interview with Barbara Gibb, click here.

Hugh Gibb (1916-1992)

Hugh Gibb was the musically talented father of the Gibb siblings. He was quite well-known in his own time as the drummer for his own band The Hughie Gibb Orchestra. He was a jack-of-all trades, working not only in music, but also as a nurse, chauffeur, and photographer, and later on, the Bee Gees' manager. It was also Hugh who put the Bee Gees in touch with Robert Stigwood, the man who would be their manager during their most popular years as a group. Sadly, Hugh passed away just three years after Andy's untimely death. It is said that he died of a broken heart.

Lesley Gibb (1945 - present)

Lesley Gibb is the eldest of the Gibb siblings. Despite having four extremely famous brothers, she has always lived far from the limelight of show business. Only once did she perform with Barry and Maurice, back in 1969 when Robin was working on his solo career. In total, she has seven children, two of whom are twin girls. She currently lives in the Blue Mountains, Australia with her husband Keith Evans. Click here to read an interview with Lesley.

Dwina Murphy Gibb (1953 - present)

Dwina Murphy Gibb is a multifaceted Irish artist who draws, paints, writes poetry, novels and scripts, and plays music. She has won numerous awards over the years for her artwork, which can be found in galleries, books, and theatre backdrops. Among her varied interests are history, mythology, religions of all sorts, meditation, and yoga. She married Robin Gibb back in 1981 and has one child, Robin John Gibb, with him. To visit Dwina Murphy Gibb's official website, click here.

Spencer David Gibb (1972 - present)

London-born Spencer Gibb is Robin's Gibb's eldest son, a talented musician in his own right. His mother is Molly Hullis, Robin's first wife. These days, he works mostly as a solo artist, though he does have a world famous power-house band called 54 Seconds. His most recent solo album is entitled "Beautiful Mess."Click here to visit Spencer Gibb's official website!

Melissa Gibb (1974 - present)

Not much is known about Melissa Gibb, Robin Gibb's second child with Molly Hullis, as she tends to avoid the world of show business. What we do know is that she has worked on a handful of musical projects, and currently resides in London. Both she and her brother Spencer spent six years as children separated from their father as their mother won a court battle for their custody.

Robin John Gibb (RJ Gibb) (1983 - present)

Robin John Gibb, or RJ as he is better known, is the son of Robin Gibb and his second wife, Dwina Murphy. Before Robin's passing, he composed the Titanic Requiem with his father. Interestingly, he is in possession of a voice very similar to his father's. RJ's main interest lies in acting and has had parts in many a number of small films. He also has the extraordinary ability to imitate all sorts of accents, from the Scottish twang to the Texan drawl.

Snow Robin Gibb (2009 - present)

Snow Robin Gibb (full name: Snow Evelyn Robin Juliet Gibb) is Robin Gibb's youngest daughter, born of an illegitimate relationship between Robin and his housekeeper, Claire Yang. Apparently, the affair between the two went on for eight years with Dwina's consent. Dwina's patience was tested, however, went the affair lead to the birth of Snow Robin. As one might imagine, she did not handle it well.

Molly Hullis (? - present)

Molly Hullis was Robert Stigwood's secretary when the Bee Gees first signed their five year contract with his record label. She married Robin in 1968 and stayed with him until 1980, though the marriage had dissolved in every sense but the name years before. For the last years of their marriage, Robin was living in the States while Molly was still in England. She gained full custody of her two children, Spencer and Melissa, and they were not allowed to see their father for six years.

Rare Robin Gibb Merchandise on eBay - Merchandise to add to your Robin Gibb shrine

Did I mention that I once had a Robin Gibb shrine? I really should scratch that off the record!

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By Britt Berger (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Robin Gibb's Health Problems and Death

Robin Gibb's battle with cancer in recent years

Anyone who has seen the latest pictures of Robin Gibb will understand just the sort of health-related battles he had been through before passing away on May 20th 2012. Frail and weak, but forever resilient and ready to fight, Robin batted liver and colon cancer for over two years, and even underwent surgery for a twisted bowel, the ailment that killed his younger twin brother Maurice. In early May 2012, just when doctors thought he had made a recovery, he relapsed, falling into a coma complicated by pneumonia. In a desperate attempt to bring him back, the entire Gibb family, including children Spencer, Melissa and RJ, brother Barry, and devoted wife Dwina, stayed by his bedside, singing him songs and playing him his favourite music. Though he awoke from his coma, he passed away soon after, unable to fight the cancer any longer. The world has lost a great musician - one of many of his generation including George Harrison, Donna Summers, and his own brother Maurice Gibb. He will be missed and mourned by many.Source: TVNZ.comPhoto courtesy of Britt Berger via Wikimedia

Barry Gibb's Tribute Video For Robin - A video Barry made and posted on Youtube Barry upon hearing of Robin's passing

Bee Gees Tribute Song 'You Don't Say Us Anymore' by Steve McGill - Steve McGill's tribute to the Bee Gees and the late Robin Gibb

Steve McGill has done something no other fan has ever attempted. He has created a song completely out of Bee Gees song titles. Though admittedly, there are many Bee Gees songs to choose from, he has done an excellent job in weaving them together to create a cohesive song about love and loss. It's apparently a big hit amongst fans as well!

Do you think Robin worked better as a solo artist, or as a member of the Bee Gees?

I prefer his solo style.

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    • Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I like to see him shine by himself, although I like the Bee Gees too.

    I like him with the Bee Gees.

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      • Mrs L A Gibb 18 months ago

        I like your hub and very informative as I am a Bee Gees fan, for me Robin is a Bee Gee and also can hold it on his own in his solo work. When Titanic Requiem was staged I went to see it. It was a time when Robin took ill. Titanic was very moving and beautifully written by both Robin and RJ. Even now Robin's solo works are being released, I do believe Swing slowly Sisters has now been realeased on the latest album

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        He was an amazing solo artist, but the confidence he had when singing with his brothers made his songs fly. Love them together more x

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No doubt that the brothers are better together, however Robin was good on his own. I think Maurice said it best when he said "One of us is good, two of us is great, but the three of us is Magic"!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I love both. Robins voice is unique, as solo singer and with Bee Gees He is an extraordinry singer and songwriter.

      • WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

        Wasn't aware he was a solo artist. I've only known his music as a Bee Gee.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I love their sounds combined, but delving into Robin's solo work is great to because it gives an extra chance to hear his incredible, magical voice.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I love their sounds combined, but delving into Robin's solo work is great to because it gives an extra chance to hear his incredible, magical voice.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        i love all bee gees song :)

      • BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

        Bee Gees... especially the pre-disco music.

      • CameronPoe 5 years ago

        I think that the Bee Gees is a classic band with Robin as an integral part.

      • Millionairemomma 5 years ago

        What a great lens! I love his music.

      • Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

        No solo attempt can ever outshine the greatness of the Bee Gees.

      • BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

        I was a huge Bee Gees fan as a child

      • writerkath 5 years ago

        Definitely with the Bee Gees.

      • MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

        With the BeeGees

      • aksem 5 years ago

        Bee Gees were a unique phenomenon. His Solo is quite common...

      • avigarret 5 years ago

        Bee Gees, not to take anything away from his wonderful Solo career.

      • Christine and Peter Broster 5 years ago from Tywyn Wales UK

        That is difficult to say but I think I prefer him with the Bee Gees because I love the harmonies.

      • Heather B 5 years ago

        Though I love Robin's solo work, I think his voice works best as a counterweight for Barry's breathiness. In a Barry-dominated song, I often find myself shivering in delight if I hear Robin's voice pop up unexpectedly, such as in the case of 'For Whom The Bell Tolls'. In short, Robin's voice is most effective when it catches you by surprise, and that happens rarely in his solo work because every song is sung by him.

      Pet Shop Boys - I Started a Joke - The Pet Shop Boys' tribute to the late Robin Gibb

      The Pet Shop Boys are my second favourite band next to the Bee Gees, so it was a real pleasure to learn that Neil and Chris had created a tribute version of I Started a Joke to honour the memory of the great Robin Gibb. I love their version - I think you will too.

      Thank you for visiting! - Please leave a comment about how Robin has touched your life!

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          Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

          This is a wonderful tribute to Robin. Your love for his music and knowledge about the subject truly shines through and has given me a greater appreciation and interest in his work. Thank you!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          This brings back the memories! What an amazing musician. Excellent lens!

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          MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

          Wow I really love what you have done with this lens. You love for Robin Gibb really shines through. I love how you chronicle his life with how you were growing up with his music. It make the lens a lot more personal.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          You did a great job with this lens. I loved the story about your portrait of Robin. I was in college during the Saturday Night Fever days and remember well the Bee Gees music. I certainly hope that Robin is able to pull through.

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          Joan Haines 5 years ago

          His distinctive voice is part of the soundtrack of my 1970s teen years. I hear him, and it brings back those times.

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          NAIZA LM 5 years ago

          This just so sad.. I've always been a big fan of him and the Bee Gees.. These kinds of artists are undeniably touch a lot of people's lives through their music. Terrific lens tribute you have here. `Blessed by a Squid Angel.:)

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          Christine and Peter Broster 5 years ago from Tywyn Wales UK

          A very enjoyable read. We all wish Robin many more fruitful years!!

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          avigarret 5 years ago

          This is the first I've heard of this, how tragic. You're obviously a true fan, loved this lens.

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          aksem 5 years ago

          Beautifully written

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @aksem: Ditto. Thank u for a great article

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          Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

          He got really voice of an angel :) Great lens.

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          CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

          Wonderful lens, really enjoyed it!

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          Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          I have followed the music of the Bee Gees for many years and was shocked to learn of Robin Gibb's illness. Wonderful tribute!

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          Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

          I do love the bee gees and was sorry to hear of robins illness, here is wishing him a speedy recovery. what a fabulous drawing and signed by the man too!

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          andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

          Wonderful lens.. I love the Bee Gees! Blessed*

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          Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          The Bee Gees bring back memories!

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          MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

          Great lens. What a wonderful voice.

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          writerkath 5 years ago

          Certainly one of the more unique voices in pop music! You did a nice job with this tribute lens! Blessed!

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          LeroySmith1 5 years ago

          Robin Gibb is the face and the voice of the Bee Gees. It's so sad to see a pop music hero suffering.

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens ... I've always loved the Bee Gees and enjoyed learning more about Robin.

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          CLJMusic 5 years ago

          Great Lens, I love How Old Are You? and Secret Agent, hadn't heard of Walls Have Eyes before, I'll have to get it :) I was glad to hear that he hasn't given up the fight for his life and wish him and his family all the best.

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          Blonde Blythe 5 years ago

          I have been a Robin Gibb fan ever since I heard the song, "I Started a Joke" back in the '60s. His voice is very distinctive, emotive, and mesmerizing. I love Robin Very much!

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          BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

          Excellent lens! I've always enjoyed the Bee Gees and this is a great tribute to Robin's life and accomplishments.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          What a wonderful tribute to Robin Gibb - you are a true fan :)

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          Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

          Best lenses come straight from the hearts of their authors and this is certainly one of those lenses. Congrats and thanks for taking us back to the days of great music.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          Wonderful lens, so thorough! I am very impressed that you drew the portrait of Robin - that story, alone with the rest of the content earns you an angel blessing. Pinned to my board "Music I love."

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          Winter52 LM 5 years ago

          What wonderful news. I was fearing the worst!

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          Annamadagan 5 years ago

          Great lens!

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          jfjones1 5 years ago

          This lens was extremely informational, but I could read about Robin and the Bee Gees all day.I was not aware of most of these things. Great lens.

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          TL Stahling 5 years ago from US

          The Bee Gees had the most beautiful sound. It was an angel's voice.

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          jakealoo 5 years ago

          This is really a great lens on Robin. You really brought everything full circle with this lens.

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          mediawizard lm 5 years ago

          This lens is more than good, It's a masterpiece.

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          BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

          Really fine lens. Thanks for the memories.

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          grannysage 5 years ago

          I wish I could listen to all the really great videos but I have to watch my bandwidth. Truly an inspired tribute.

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          Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          Your lens is a great tribute to a talented man. The BeeGees have been a big part of my life since the 70s...Barry was my favorite, but I loved their work together. Thanks for an insightful piece I really enjoyed reading.

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          justDawn1 5 years ago

          Very nice lens! You've created such a nice tribute to Robin. My sister was one of the BeeGees biggest fans (sadly she passed away from cancer in Jan 2011). Love the personal touches you've added & the picture of Robin with your Uncle. Thank you for your hard work! :)

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          Aboutlowercholesterol 5 years ago

          I just loved their music as it was part of my teen years I love the memories they bring ..... oh yes!

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          Marc 4 years ago from Edinburgh

          I learnt a lot from this lens, predominantly, I had no idea that he had a solo career too! The day he died was a great loss to the world of music :(

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          WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Awesome tribute. Wasn't aware that Robin was also a solo artist. Thanks for sharing your signed keepsake and his family history. Sure loved the Bee Gees!

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          szakal-aagnes 4 years ago

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Robin Gibb was a great man paryers to the Gibb familys loved the bee gees and all the songs they did but Robin was the one that did it for me i will love and miss Robin for ever so so sad gone to soon with his great singing and great smile God will take care of him now RIP ROBIN GIBB loved you lens on Robin thanks

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