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Singing with two of his brothers as the Bee Gees, Robin Gibb scored numerous hits in the 1970s, including "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love."
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Gibb teamed up with his brothers for a few more Bee Gees albums, such as E.S.P. (1987) and One (1989), but they never achieved the same level of success they experienced earlier. Much maligned by critics over the years, the Bee Gees finally received some recognition for their accomplishments in 1997, when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Gibb married Molly Hullis in 1968, and they had two children together, Spencer and Melissa. After drifting apart and separating for several years, the couple finally divorced in 1980. Gibb then married author and artist Dwina Murphy Gibb, who gave birth to his third child, son Robin-John, or RJ, in 1983.
Gibb's younger brother Andy died of myocarditis in March of 1988. After his twin brother Maurie died of intestinal complications in January of 2003, Gibb retired the Bee Gees name. He released the solo album Magnet that same year, and followed it up a few years later with a holiday recording, My Favourite Christmas Carols.
Gibb performed with his brother Barry over the years, usually for charity events. A prolific songwriter, he worked hard to make sure that artists received the royalties due for their work. From 2007 to 2012, Gibb served as president of International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.
Gibb worked with his son RJ on his classical composition, and the pair wrote Titanic Requiem in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking. In addition to his music, Gibb was very active in charitable causes. He sang vocals on a cover of the Bee Gees' "I've Gotta to Get a Message to You" with the Soldiers to raise money for the Royal British Legion. He was also instrumental in attracting contributions for a special monument in London, the Bomber Command Memorial, dedicated to World War II veterans.
In 2010, Gibb began to struggle with severe abdominal pain, similar to what Maurice had experienced before his death in 2003. In August of 2010, Gibb underwent emergency surgery for a blocked intestine. The following year, he was hospitalized three times. He was later diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Gibb claimed to have beaten his illness, telling the press in February of 2012 that he had undergone chemotherapy and achieved "spectacular" results. But by late March, the singer was back in the hospital for intestinal surgery. Gibb had to cancel a number of appearances, but still hoped to make the April 10, 2012 premiere of Titanic Requiem in London.
Sadly, Gibb could not make it the concert because he came down with pneumonia. He slipped into a coma a few days later. At a London hospital, Gibb was surrounded by family, including his second wife Dwina and their son RJ. His two children from his first marriage, Spencer and Melissa, were also present. Gibb regained consciousness in late April. "It is a testament to Robin's extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now," one of his doctors told the press in April 2012.
See pictures of the legendary group from their early days in Manchester to their smashing success on the dancefloors of the 70s and beyond in BIO.com's Bee Gees Photo Gallery.
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