Thanks to the incredible success of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, Barry Gibb’s falsetto voice is used by many to describe the sound of the Bee Gees, but during the group’s initial rise to stardom, it was brother Robin’s more vulnerable pitch that drew the most attention. An unsure, yet powerful quiver, his voice sold classics like “I Started A Joke” and made radio stations and fans take notice. In later years, it was utilized to harmonizing perfection, a perfect support for Barry’s smooth high notes. Sadly, that voice is now gone.
Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Redcliffe, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio (with brothers Barry and Maurice) and when the group found their first success they returned to the United Kingdom where they achieved worldwide fame. With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time.
Gibb died on 20 May 2012, following a long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.