Sir Cliff Richard

 

His friend, the singer Cliff Richard, said it was a very sad day.

Sir Cliff Richard has led the tributes for Bee Gee Robin Gibb who has died aged 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

"We are a fraternity of people who sing pop and rock and Robin is another one of us who has gone too soon," he said.

Many musicians including Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks and Bryan Adams have been paying their respects via Twitter.

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, a friend of Gibb, said he would "miss him very much".

"Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being," added Mr Blair.

'Phenomenal legacy'

British-born Gibb's musical career began when he formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958.

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He had an incredibly witty sense of humour and was fun to be around”

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The group are among the biggest-selling of all time with hits spanning five decades, notching up album sales of more than 200 million worldwide.

Speaking of their contribution to music, Sir Cliff Richard said: "The legacy will be what the Bee Gees did, which was stunningly good stuff, right on a par with The Beatles."

Meanwhile, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini described the singer as "one of the major figures in the history of British music".

He echoed Sir Cliff and said: "Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music."

Robin Gibb had "one of the best white soul voices ever", Gambaccini said, adding that the group's accomplishments had been "monumental".

Ringo Starr on 'cool' Robin Gibb

"Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child... the list goes on and on."

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, who was a family friend, said: "Robin had the voice, the pathos, and he was a great writer.

"He had a gift for melody and a gift for lyrics and left a phenomenal legacy, a phenomenal catalogue."

Referring to the Bee Gees, he said: "They had every award, every gold disc, every platinum disc, the Grammys, the lot, and had been doing it so long but were still so good at it."

'Grounded'

The singer Dionne Warwick, whose biggest hit Heartbreaker was written by the Gibb brothers, said of Robin: "He was wonderful. He was a jokester.

"He had an incredibly witty sense of humour and was fun to be around. All three of them were sensational gentlemen first, just fun loving guys."

She touched upon the family members' close bond: "I think what was most attractive to me was how grounded they were.

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Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young”

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"I think a lot of it has to do with their sense of family and being together as a family. I know exactly what that means, because I come from a family of singers. That is very important, to be connected. They loved each other very strongly and showed it, and it was a joy."

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Musicians have been taking to Twitter to pay their respects.

Canadian singer Bryan Adams wrote: "Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young."

Justin Timberlake described Gibb as "a truly brilliant musician", adding: "One of my idols. My heart goes out to the Gibb family in this time of sorrow."

Illness

Gibb had battled ill health for several years.

In 2010, he cancelled a series of shows after suffering severe stomach pains while performing in Belgium. He went on to have emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

His twin brother and band partner Maurice died in 2003 aged 53 following complications from a twisted intestine.

Robin Gibb cancelled a series of shows in Brazil in April 2011, after again suffering from abdominal pains.

Later that year, he was found to have cancer of the colon after having surgery on his bowel for an unrelated condition.

He was later also diagnosed with cancer of the liver, and underwent chemotherapy and surgery.

Last month the singer fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia.

Four weeks ago, he regained consciousness and was said to have been making a positive recovery. But his death was announced at 23:30 BST (22:30 GMT) on Sunday.

 

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    Comment number 133.

    I'm at a loss for words - something Robin Gibb never was.
    I was not expecting this; I didn't even know Robin Gibb was so sick.
    Bee Gees was not just a great band, but a great group of songwriters. Their talent went far beyond their moment of normal pop success - a loss to music industry.
    So sorry for the family & friends of Robin Gibbs.

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    Comment number 132.

    Spirits Having Flown - Andy, Maurice and now Robin. The ears of the world have been blessed with your wonderful songs and let us hope your music legacy will continue through other great voices in the future. Rest in Peace.

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    Comment number 131.

    Another sad loss to the world, Robin will be remembered by all who heard,hears and listens to his music and not forgotten!
    My heart sends love and comfort to those he leaves behind.
    Lighting a candle to help guide you on your way, rest in peace dear friend.
    Love and light always shines on the brightest of Stars.

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    Comment number 130.

    He's singing with his brother now. RIP Robin.

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    Comment number 129.

    Thanks for the Music and wonderful memories Robin R.I.P

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    Comment number 128.

    A sad loss to the music world, it would take a lyricist as great as robin to put into words how many of us feel. Suffice to say that you will be missed Robin, greatly missed indeed.

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    Comment number 127.

    A sad time for all concerned, but Robin left the world a better place for being in it.
    Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this awful time.
    Thank you for all you have done for music, you will be missed...

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    Comment number 126.

    Such sad news. My heart goes out to his family, especially Barry who has now lost three dear brothers. He must be devastated. Robin's & Maurice's legacy is their music and that will never die. May God rest your soul Robin.

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    Comment number 125.

    @111.Jeffrey Fourmile

    Excellent point. See also Janis Joplin's cover of 'To Love Somebody'. Completely different rendition, tone and temperament, yet the brilliant songwriting cuts through effortlessly.

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    Comment number 124.

    I can’t believe that there are people, in this world, living amongst us, who actually take the time out of their empty lives, to have a go at someone who has just died. Why not send him an email about why you didn’t like the BeeGees last week or last year? Why even read the story if all you wanted to do was find something else to moan at? I've run out of characters now to pay my respects to Ro

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    Comment number 123.

    @90 Inchindown

    Can you provide a link to some of the albums you have made so we can all have a listen and pass comment?

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    Comment number 122.

    I'm a Bee Gees 'foot tapper' - not a huge fan.....but why do people who are clearly NOT fans of Robin or the Bee Gees go to the time and effort of visiting this kind of site in the first place? I suspect it is because their personality can command no attention or respect from the real people in their sad, wretched lives, and stirring up strife provides some level of compensation to these cretins.

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    Comment number 121.

    Robin, a man who with his brothers has given such joy to so many people through their music, sadly is now lost to us, it makes me feel so Sad. The song "I started a Joke" my favorite, is this time sadly no joke. So many people love the BEE GEES music that he will live on. Reunited now Robin with Andy and Maurice. My thoughts are with your Brother Barry and all your family. RIP Robin. Sing on #1

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    Comment number 120.

    RIP Robin, I'll miss you terribly. One of my happiest memories was Batley Variety Club in 1973. My 21st birthday. At that point I felt privileged just to hear them perform, because I thought it might be the last. Thank goodness they made that wonderful comeback. Favourite Bee Gees track: "First of May" Favourite Robin vocal: "Saved by the Bell"

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    Comment number 119.

    God Speed Robin. You and your brothers will always be in my heart. You gave a me three of the greatest gifts; love,peace and music when the world seemed uncomfortable to a young teenager. You will never be forgotten.

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    Comment number 118.

    The world´s lost one of the best voices ever. Robin Gibb was an outstanding songwriter who, along with his brothers Barry and Maurice, managed to create a timeless magical blend in pop music.

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    Comment number 117.

    Must admit I shed a few tears when I heard the news. My favourite song from Robin was "I started a joke" and I decided a long time ago that I want it played at my funeral, as a kind of tribute to Robin and the Bee Gees for the pleasure they gave to so many millions of people.
    Robin, we will never forget you R.I.P.

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    Comment number 116.

    How timeless they are, and how fortunate we are that their music and their original sound will still be around long after our kids grow old.

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    Comment number 115.

    Of course like #90 there will be people who did not like the Bee Gees music but Robin Gibb's influenece on the musical industry in terms of even just his songwriting is massive. A rare, genuine, honest person in an industry that has a tendency to sell its soul.
    He will be missed....... RIP Robin

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    Comment number 114.

    He wrote and performed great songs that have stood the test of time.

    RIP

 

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