Robin Gibb and The BeeGees Through the Years [POLL/VIDEO]
Saturday Night Fever and the Bee Gees.
Both seem to go hand in hand.
So it’s with another twinge of sadness that I note the passing of another disco era icon…Robin Gibb…who, as reported by the NY Times, passed today at the age of 62.
According to this report:
The cause was complications from cancer and intestinal surgery, his family said in a statement.
Mr. Gibb had been hospitalized for intestinal problems several times in the last two years. Cancer had spread from his colon to his liver, and in the days before his death he contracted pneumonia and fell into a coma.
Mr. Gibb was the second Bee Gee and third Gibb brother to die. His fraternal twin and fellow Bee Gee, Maurice Gibb, died of complications of a twisted intestine in 2003 at 53. The youngest brother, Andy, who had a successful solo career with hits like “Shadow Dancing,” was 30 when he died of heart failure, in 1988.
The Bee Gees — Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb — were disco’s ambassadors to Middle America in the mid to late 1970s, embodying the peacocked look of the time in their open-chested leisure suits and gold medallions.
They sold well over 100 million albums and had six consecutive No. 1 singles from 1977 to 1979. They were also inextricably tied to the disco era’s defining movie, “Saturday Night Fever,” a showcase for their music that included the hit “Stayin’ Alive,” its propulsive beat in step with the strut of the film’s star, John Travolta.
But anyone who’s followed music knows their discography predates “Saturday Night Fever” by quite a bit.
In fact, my favorite BeeGees music came out of the ‘60s, with the release of hits like “Massachusetts”, “To Love Somebody”, and “NY Mining Disaster, 1941”.
What was truly amazing was how they were able to transition from the psychedelic ‘60s to the hedonistic ‘70s, all with the same graceful innocence that marked their music.
With that, the Posse Poll: