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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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."


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."


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."


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 173.

    Robin's music pulled at every heartstring. The saddest loss.

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    Comment number 171.

    So very sad to hear this news, unbelievably talented man along with his brothers and as a solo writer. My heart goes out to his wife and son and Barry, the only brother left.
    I keep hearing comments that the Bee Gees were second only to the Beatles, they were second to no-one.

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    Comment number 170.

    165.johncalvin "astounded that his death was the the lead item on BBC online news"
    What would you prefer? Economic apocalypse? A spiteful Govt drumming up hatred toward disabled / fat / poor people? Health scare alarmism, nanny statism, bans, taxes, tales of death, war, waste, crime, misery? Or maybe a celebration of a good person whose music made a lot of people happy? Hmm, let me think.

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    Comment number 169.

    We seem to be losing a lot of musical greats lately; Houston, Summer, Winehouse to name just a few. As a kid I loved 'You Win Again' with its stomping beat. @#149, why be 'secretly ashamed' of listening to old pop? We should consider ourselves privileged that we grew up with so much well-written music, and pity today's kids subjected to manufactured SyCo garbage that's forgotten after 3 weeks.

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    Comment number 168.

    His were the songs of my teens. Rest in peace and my condolences to his family.

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    Comment number 167.

    The Bee Gee's are a band that no matter how much the little head-banger inside tells you not to like them, you do.

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    Comment number 166.

    The Bee Gees defined an era with their talent and skills as musicians and formidable songwriters...sadly with odious trolls like Frankie Boyle, who is already using Robin Gibbs death on Twitter as a means of getting a cheap laugh, talent and skill nowadays seem in short supply.

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    Comment number 165.

    Good a guy as Robin Gibb may have been I still remain astounded that his death was the the lead item on BBC online news for some hours this morning. It is now in a position that properly reflects his place in today's news.

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    Comment number 164.

    I really loved the Bee Gees music and think he was a wonderful musician. Its very sad. My condolences go to his family and friends at this time.

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    Comment number 163.

    As a child in the 70s, I grew up listening to the likes of the Bee Gees and Charles Aznavour, neither of these by choice, as my parents decided what would play on the turntable. I realized not long ago that these artists have stayed with me throughout my adult life, and nostalgia will make me seek them out on YouTube. Thank you Bee Gees and Robin Gibb for providing us with great music memories.

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    Comment number 162.

    I like all types of music from Vaughan Williams to Saxon, anything that moves the soul, so I was saddened to hear of Robin Gibbs passing, He was a major part of the great Bee Gees. He was a distinctive singer and great songwriter.I Started A Joke and Saved By The Bell always does it for me. Thanks Robin and God Bless.

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    Comment number 161. I am glad that I did my special prayer just before he gone to the heaven. My deepest Condolences to his family members especially Barry Gibb. RIP but Robin Gibb would be always be remembered in our heart.

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    Comment number 160.

    Robin you will always be remembered as a true great along with your brothers, songs were just brilliant RIP

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    Comment number 159.

    It has been a strange few months with the loss of Witney Houstin, Donna Summer, and now Robin Gibb. It seems as if the the music idols of the Boomer generation are meeting mortality a reminder that Time stops for no man or woman. You can listen to the music but not the very first time that's gone like all other eras. Not sure that what is now replacing their music has the same quality.

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    Comment number 158.

    I feel so very privileged to have grown up during the most fertile years of the most diverse and eclectic music-making. Inevitably, and rather sadly, the greats in the music business will pass on; but their contribution to music history as the Gibbs/Bee-Gees music machine - went far beyond their direct public appearances, creating many memorable songs that in many cases launched new careers.

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    Comment number 157.

    The BeeGees must be the most successful recording and writing group of all time. Lennon and McCartney are ok but faded away after a few short years, whereas the BeeGes had hits in every decade and wrote hits for other artists too. Truly a long lasting legacy, which for me makes them the ultimate artists and nobody else will be able to accomplish what they have. My thoughts are with the family.

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    Comment number 156.

    It is very sad and we dont have to say FAREWELL...He will live for ever in our heart...thank and see you soon

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    Comment number 155.

    There's a YouTube video of Robin singing in 2008 with the Frankfurt NPO 'I just gotta get a message to you'. Fabulous song, singing and production. His charity work as well. He still had a lot going. Great life. Gave a lot of enjoyment. Thanks.

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    Comment number 154.

    I'd just like to echo all the tributes paid. I had the pleasure of meeting Robin, Maurice & Barry once, for all their success & fame they were all really down to earth.

    My thoughts are with his family & especially his Mother for the immeasurable sorrow she must feel in losing three of her children.

    RIP Robin.


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