Bee Gees superstar Robin Gibb passed away Sunday afternoon after battling cancer and pneumonia, according to NPR News. He was 62.
Gibb, alongside twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry, rocketed to global fame in the '70s as the Bee Gees became synonymous with disco. Three of the funkiest blue-eyed soul men in history, they were the biggest pop group in the world for a time, eventually selling more than 200 million albums. The Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Robin's health had been a concern for some time. While he was undergoing surgery to correct the same twisted-intestine issue that ended the life of Maurice Gibb, his fraternal twin, a tumor was discovered. The singer had been battling colon and liver cancer when he was hospitalized last month.
When he went into a coma, fans feared the worst, but Gibb woke up several days later.
Robin's passing leaves Barry as the only surviving Bee Gee. Maurice died in 2003, and the trio's younger brother Andy, a successful pop star in his own right, died in 1988. The group's legacy, however, continues stayin' alive.
"The family has asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time," Gibb's family said in a statement on his Web site.
Though the Bee Gees had a string of pop hits in the late '60s and early '70s, they'll forever be remembered as the faces of the late-'70s disco phenomenon. Classic dance singles like "Jive Talkin'" and "Nights on Broadway" were massive smashes on radio and in the clubs.
The Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, released in 1977, spawned the No. 1 singles "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever," eventually selling more than 25 million copies. They visited Houston on their Spirits Having Flown tour in 1979.
We're not entirely sure that the Bee Gees got more people dancing around the globe than anyone else in pop history, but they've got as legit a claim to that top spot as James Brown, Madonna or any other major stars you can name. It's the classic tunes that defined an era for which fans will remember Robin Gibb long into the future.
Here are ten that we'll be listening to today:
See if this song doesn't set the whole world crying. R.I.P.
New York is definitely a little lonelier tonight.
The Bee Gees at their most iconic.
This song sums things up nicely.
"Spick and Specks" was the Bee Gees' first major hit.
A fitting piece from The Titanic Requiem, the orchestral composition Gibb co-wrote with son R.J.
It's impossible to get too depressed listening to "Islands in the Stream." Put it on repeat, if need be.
Fraternal harmonies like these are part of what made the Bee Gees special.
The Bee Gees' tribute to Andy Gibb. Not Robin's most fondly remembered hairstyle, perhaps, but powerful nonetheless.
The time has come. See you on the other side, Robin.
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