Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, passed away five years ago today.
Born on the Isle of Man to Hugh and Barbara Gibb, he and his family moved to the family later moved to Manchester prior to settling down in Redcliffe in Brisbane, Australia.
Along with brothers Barry and Maurice, Robin formed the Bee Gees. Gibb played keyboards, piano, organ and Mellotron, as well as acoustic guitar. Upon returning to England, the group found international success, with record sales estimated to be over 200 million. His voice has been described as “one of the best white soul voices.”
Robin Gibb also launched a successful solo career. On March 19 1969, he officially announced that he would be leaving the Bee Gees (it was the same day that the group recorded “Tomorrow Tomorrow”, and became the group’s first single without Robin.) He found a #2 hit in the UK hit with “Saved by the Bell”, selling over one million copies and reaching Gold status. He also produced an instrumental piece inspired by the Apollo 11 moonshot featuring a 97-piece orchestra and 60-piece choir for ‘astral effects.’(more…)