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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 22 December 1949Douglas, Isle of Man, UK
Date of Death 20 May 2012Chelsea, London, England, UK  (colorectal cancer)
Birth NameRobin Hugh Gibb
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robin Gibb was born in 1949 on the Isle of Man, about half an hour before his twin brother Maurice. His parents, Barbara and Hugh, were both musical. Barbara sang and Hugh was a drummer and bandleader. Robin had four siblings - an older sister and brother, Lesley and Barry, twin Maurice and younger brother Andy. The family moved for some time to Manchester, England before emigrating to Australia in 1958.

During their childhood, Robin, Maurice and Barry began performing together. They played under various band names, but finally settled on The Bee Gees. It was in Australia that the band first tasted success, topping the charts there in 1965 with 'Spicks and Specks'. In 1966 they relocated back to the UK and landed a recording contract with Polydor. Chart success followed in the UK and USA.

In the late 60s, tensions arose in the band, and Robin briefly left to pursue a solo career, but the group reunited and continued having success, including switching to a more disco sound. In 1977, The Bee Gees wrote and produced five songs for the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever (1977). The film was a smash and the soundtrack album went on to become one of the biggest selling of all time, elevating The Bee Gees to superstar group status.

Robin and the group also became known for penning hit records for other artists including Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. The band continued writing and performing into the 1990s, but disbanded officially in 2003 when Maurice Gibb died suddenly at 53. Robin continued to write and perform solo material, and became involved in charity work in support of British troops. In 2011 it was announced that he was suffering with cancer. After a brave battle with the disease and other health problems, Robin Gibb passed away on May 20th 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Dwina Murphy-Gibb (31 July 1985 - 20 May 2012) (his death) (1 child)
Molly Hullis (4 December 1968 - 1982) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Sunglasses

Trivia (23)

In 1967, he was on board a train that derailed with 49 deaths at Hither Green, south of London, England, UK.
Children first marriage: son: Spencer, born: September 21st. 1972 daughter: Melissa, born: June 17th. 1974 son (present marriage): Robin John, born: January 21st. 1983.
Member of The Bee Gees.
Twin brother of Maurice Gibb; brother of Barry Gibb and Andy Gibb.
Born at 3:15am.
Awarded a CBE, or Commander of the Order of British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve Honors List 2001.
He was awarded C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) on 30 December 2001.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (as a member of The Bee Gees).
In Summer 2006, he moved back home to Peel, Isle of Man.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 with brothers Barry and Maurice.
He and The Bee Gees were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6845 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
The Sunday Times List estimated the combined net worth of Gibb and his brother Barry at $180 million. [2009]
On November 4 2008, at the private Portland Hospital in London, Robin and Dwina' housekeeper, 33 year old Claire Yang, gave birth to Robin's child, Snow Evelyn Robin Juliet Gibb.
Unveiled the Heritage Foundation's Blue Plaque at Pinewood Studios for Sir John Mills along with both Sir John's daughter's Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills and with respective families, friends and celebrities such as Simon MacCorkindale and Susan George on the 9th of May, 2010.
Underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine in August 2010. Twin brother, Maurice Gibb, died of complications from the same surgical procedure in 2003.
Battling liver cancer [November 21, 2011].
Making a full recovery from inflammation of the colon.(February, 2012).
Underwent intestinal surgery on March 26, 2012 to remove a blood clot in his colon.
Has contracted pneumonia and is in a coma [April 15. 2012].
Diagnosed with colorectal cancer [April 23, 2012].
Mr. Gibb's funeral service, in a horse-drawn carriage, was held at his hometown of Thame, Oxfordshire, England at St. Mary's Church on June 8, 2012.
The Gibb brothers lived on Cribb Island - a suburb of Brisbane in the State of Queensland in Australia. The Island was resumed and is now covered by the Brisbane International airport.
A guest judge on American Idol (2002).

Personal Quotes (49)

She is probably the greatest female popular singer in the modern pop rock era - since 1963, there's been no one to match her. This includes the United States as well - they can't come close to her. Today they just pose at singing. She was the genuine article. I don't think there will ever be anyone that could take the place of Dusty Springfield.
Lots of people aren't comfortable with silences. They feel they've got to fill the dead air.
I sometimes wonder if the tragedies my family has suffered are a kind of karmic price for all the fame and fortune the Bee Gees have had.
If the heart stops for more than two minutes, you have massive brain death. There are only two minutes between our conscious world and zero. That's how fragile our consciousness is.
My idea of a good time is creating something and reading a good book.
I don't have too much faith in destiny, or an afterlife. This is it.
When Maurice touched a keyboard, it was like something from a movie, magical. He would always give you something from a movie, and you'd go, what did you just play... immediately inspirational writings, amazing. That's what we're going to miss.
Nobody will ever take Maurice's place, and he'll go on with us and he'll go on our music. He'll go on with us as the Bee Gees, and Maurice will always be with us.
The Bee Gees, to us, was the three brothers. In Maurice's name, we would respect that and not be the Bee Gees anymore.
I don't take things for granted, because everything feels more fragile. It's made me wonder about mortality and how long you've got somebody in the world. I'm more fearful than I used to be.
The Bee Gees were always heavily influenced by black music. As a songwriter, it's never been difficult to pick up on the changing styles of music out there, and soul has always been my favourite genre.
Music is being treated as one big karaoke machine.
I think for anybody, any family, and I know there are families out there that are going through this even now, that it is the hardest thing in the world. Nobody is ever prepared for it.
Rarely do I attach guilt to something pleasant. Life's too short.
I don't like lifts and will walk up 20 flights of stairs if I have to. Crowded rooms make me uncomfortable, too, although I can sing to a stadium full of thousands of people no bother.
I'd never try to be that distinctive from the Bee Gees' sound. I'm very proud of being a Bee Gee and am always aware that I'll be identified as a Bee Gee.
As the plane got closer to Miami, I had this terrible feeling he was dying. Maybe he was telling me that he was going. I felt anger, panic, despair and helplessness.
We will pursue every factor, every element, every second of the timeline, of the final hours of Maurice's life. We will pursue that relentlessly. That will be our quest from now on.
I love food, I love eating.
I'm not a party person or someone who likes to sit and drink in clubs all night, and never really have been. I have a good time through work.
Losing people makes you realize you've got to grab life - not put things off.
In the beginning, Barry and I couldn't decide if we were going got go forward with the name of the Bee Gees or just as Barry and Robin. Now we've decided to continue as the Bee Gees because we feel we can, and Maurice would have wanted it.
You know, we'd just had a birthday, he was... you know, he still had a future out of him, and all I can is he was just one of the most beautiful people in the world... a very gifted man, and it's a loss to the world, not just for us.
I've always been thin. If you go back to when we first started I've always been skinny.
Music became an obsession, and eventually we felt more comfortable with each other then we did with anyone else. The three of us were like one person.
It just felt like the right time to focus on solo material.
With Maurice suddenly going, I realised... I think I've matured. I don't take things lightly any more.
I haven't really met anyone else who has influenced me, but you never know, it could happen next year or next month. I just like to go with the spur of the moment.
I find it very, very hard. He was part of the fabric of my life. We were kids together, and teenagers. We spent the whole of our lives with each other because of our music.
I'm really happy that I got to work with such fresh talent. In a day when record companies are not particularly good at encouraging young, talented songwriters to come forward and get exposure, I think it's important to give tomorrow's songwriters the opportunity.
I hadn't accepted he was seriously ill. The idea that someone so close to you couldn't wake up was utterly incomprehensible. Then the doctor came in... Maurice had no brain left. There wasn't any activity at all.
We said we'd fly the flag without him and carry on. I didn't give him a kiss because I still hadn't accepted what was happening. I was hoping that some miracle was going to happen. Of course, it didn't. I wish I had kissed him now.
You realize that however much you don't think about death - or think that's for other people - you're just an organism living from day to day. I'm just grateful I'm here.
The illness, and the untimely death of my brothers, has made me conscious of the fact that - rather than just think about it - it's crucial that you do today what you want to do.
I've always been naturally thin.
My work means everything to me.
It makes us feel better that everyone out there is thinking of Maurice.
It's hard for me to put on weight.
We've been in each other's pockets our entire lives.
I love stuff like Mozart.
I don't know what 'home' or 'abroad' is any more.
I visit English country churchyards where historical figures are buried.
I don't like fruit but I'm vegetarian, so eat a lot of veggies.
I don't like rock opera with back beats.
How do you explain the bond between man and wife? Well, for one thing, it's private. What people do in their own marriage is their own business.
Everyone's looking to the urban scene for inspiration now.
My whole life has been a bit like a Nintendo game.
I'll never get used to living without Mo, but the painful things that surround what happened to him aren't so painful any more-not so raw or so new.
You're looking at the Bee Gees right now.

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