Robin Gibb, R.I.P.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Robin Gibb, a singer and songwriter who joined two of his brothers in forming the Bee Gees pop group that helped define the sound of the disco era with the best-selling 1977 soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever,” has died. He was 62.

Gibb died Sunday after battling cancer and while recuperating from intestinal surgery, family spokesman Doug Wright announced.

To hell with the disco era, there is the following 1968 song, which, with a voice that one astute fan said “sounded unhappy,” Robin Gibb could have written, sung, and then died a happy man 44 years ago:

And finally, listen to Robin Gibb sing the first verse to the great 1971 song,  How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, and then be thankful that Andy Williams turned the song down:

2 Comments

  1. I’m glad you reminded us of these strikingly original performances, Duane. I was remarking to Mollie just yesterday how interesting it is that cultural eras come so intensely and then disappear, never to return. My mind finds it similar to the rise, prevalence and extinction of species in evolution! (E. O. Wilson would approve, I think.)

    We were listening to the car radio tuned to 1490, the Carthage station that plays oldies. It made us recall the movies of the 1950’s and the surge of “musicals” – not that I miss them. I always thought there was some indefinable something “off” about Doris Day. (There was for sure about Rock Hudson! Who knew?)

    But the point is that unique cultural sources, like random beads on a string, rise, persist for a time, and then are gone never to be repeated. Somewhere back on the string are Paul Simon, Art Garfunkle, and even Doris Day, standouts never to be repeated but visible still from here in the future.

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  2. I had the pleasure of attending a Bee Gee’s concert here in Tulsa in the mid-seventy’s. It was before Saturday Night Fever came out. Needless to say, they were great. I had not been a fan of theirs. In fact I pretty much snubbed rock and roll altogether, preferring the jazz greats of the day instead. Anyway, I was converted after that concert.

    Robin’s passing is sad for his family and fans just like Maurice before him. But at least they are now rightfully, but belatedly, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And, we’ll always have the music.

    That reminds me, the Beach Boys have a new album . . .

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