On Sunday Robin Gibb, one of the two surviving members of the family trio the Bee Gees died of cancer at the age of just 62. Gibb as been hospitalized for pneumonia and was fighting both liver and colon cancer at the time of his death. His health took a turn for the worse back in August of 2010 when he had emergency surgery for a blocked intestine. It was the same condition that led to the death of his twin Maurice at age 53 in January 2003.
His death leaves the living Bees Gees at just one, Barry. The death of Robin puts the brother trio in the spotlight. They were one of the world’s most successful groups in the pop music genre of all time. The three brothers, twins Maurice and Robin and older brother Barry, had nine no. 1 hits on the Hot 100. Only two other duos or groups have matched that number. The Supremes had 12 and the Beatles had an amazing 20.
On the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees had the majority of key hits. That album was atop the Billboard 200 for 24 consecutive weeks during 1978. It and only six other albums since 1955 logged 24 or more weeks at the no. 1 position.
During their peak year of 1978, the Bee Gees were as hot as any other act in the entire rock era. That would include the likes of Elvis in 1956, the Beatles of 1964 and Michael Jackson’s run between 1983 and 1984. At one time, in 1978 between February and March, the Bee Gees had three of their songs in the top 10 at the same time.
Robin is survived by Dwina, his wife; Barbara his mother; Barry his brother; Melissa his daughter; and sons RJ and Spencer.