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RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 18:47:10 2012

BBC News

20 May 2012 Last updated at 18:40 ET

Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb dies after cancer battle

Bee Gees' singer Robin Gibb has died following a lengthy battle with cancer, his family have said.

British-born Gibb, 62, had been battling colon and liver cancer.

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

The group is among the biggest-selling groups of all time with hits spanning six decades including Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts and Night Fever.


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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sun May 20 19:04:24 2012, in response to RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 18:47:10 2012.



Their best song, presented in the best possible way.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:11:20 2012, in response to RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 18:47:10 2012.



According to imdb he's making a full recovery.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 19:14:31 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:11:20 2012.

According to imdb he's making a full recovery

Dated February 2012.

Ronnie James Dio was hopeful about recovering from his stomach cancer and going back on tour with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler three months before he died, as well.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Wayne-MrSlantR40 on Sun May 20 19:16:37 2012, in response to RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 18:47:10 2012.

Sad news. That leaves Barry as the last Gibb brother. I remembered their debut back in 1967 - "New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife Mr.Jones?)" - the radio stations were playing it up as a Beatles offshoot of some kind. Their early days were eclectic for sure (with gems like "Lamplight", "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You", "The Singer Sang His Song", "Sinking Ships" in addition to their AM hits). Not too often does a band completely reinvent itself and go on to a bigger career than they originally had.

wayne


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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sun May 20 19:24:22 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Wayne-MrSlantR40 on Sun May 20 19:16:37 2012.

People forget they existed pre-disco.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:27:40 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sun May 20 19:24:22 2012.

They sucked pre-disco.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 19:55:43 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:27:40 2012.

You just picked a fight with those that think they sucked post-disco.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:58:22 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 19:55:43 2012.

THey did suck post-disco. They were only good during disco. :)

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sun May 20 20:20:28 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:58:22 2012.

I hate disco....except for the BeeGees. Had to hide that fact when I was younger.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Sun May 20 20:31:33 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Sun May 20 20:20:28 2012.

I still like disco and never understood the disco backlash.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by bingbong on Sun May 20 20:39:05 2012, in response to RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 18:47:10 2012.



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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 20:43:10 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 20:31:33 2012.

You must hate punk rock then.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 20:45:00 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:58:22 2012.



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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by streetcarman1 on Sun May 20 20:50:01 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 20:45:00 2012.

Are you a rebel?

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Sun May 20 21:18:38 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:27:40 2012.

While I hate when people make blanket staements, I just want to say that the Bee Gees had a few good songs "pre-Disco". With that said, I also liked some of their "during Disco" and "post-Disco" material as well.

My favorites "pre-Disco":





I wasn't too fond of their stuff from the 60's, however...

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Sun May 20 21:22:49 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Sun May 20 21:18:38 2012.

Good point. I'm probably not familiar enough with their pre-disco stuff to say that I hate all of it, but of what I've heard I didn't care for most of it. "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" is ok I guess.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Sun May 20 21:47:11 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 21:22:49 2012.

yeah it was a ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz
...........song easy !!
lol
: )

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Sun May 20 21:52:59 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Sun May 20 21:47:11 2012.

The other song "Lonely Days" starts slow, but gets a little "faster" as it goes along! :-)

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Sun May 20 21:56:25 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 21:22:49 2012.

I admit I have a fondness for the two songs I posted because of the memories I equate with those songs..."Lonely Days" reminds me of listening to WABC on a transistor radio under my pillow late at night, and "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" was played on the radio in the bus I rode in day camp back in the summer of '71... :-)

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Fred G on Sun May 20 22:30:46 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:27:40 2012.

They were the Bee Gees pre disco.

During the disco era they became the Squee Gees.

I prefer them P.D. although they weren't my favorites.

your pal,
Fred

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 22:40:21 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Fred G on Sun May 20 22:30:46 2012.

I prefer them P.D.

I see what you did there . . . amazing ambiguity.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Fred G on Sun May 20 22:47:11 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 22:40:21 2012.

Hehe, I won't leave ya hanging. I meant "pre".

your pal,
Fred

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by AMoreira81 on Sun May 20 23:12:53 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 19:27:40 2012.

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? was a good song. They also wrote some pretty good non-disco songs such as Islands in the Stream for two country singers.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by AMoreira81 on Sun May 20 23:13:31 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Sun May 20 21:18:38 2012.

I'm not familiar of any of their music pre-1971, however.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Sun May 20 23:32:47 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by AMoreira81 on Sun May 20 23:12:53 2012.

"How do you Mend..." is pretty sappy, even for a love song. My favorite song of theirs is "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Eliiman. It's a top 2 disco song imo.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Mon May 21 00:13:46 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Sun May 20 21:52:59 2012.

yep !

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by FYBklyn1959 on Mon May 21 09:16:52 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 21:22:49 2012.

That was their only "non-disco" #1 hit, IIRC.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Mon May 21 12:49:27 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 20:31:33 2012.

Exhibit A: Everyone cashing in on the sound. Nothing was safe from the "disco infection":



Exhibit B: Bad musicians or non-musicians getting hits for novelty songs which capitalized on the disco craze:







Disco reached oversaturation by 1980. Much like glam metal hit in 1991, opening the door for Nirvana and grunge.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Olog-hai on Mon May 21 13:08:57 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Mon May 21 12:49:27 2012.

You forgot a couple.

 


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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by AEM-7AC #901 on Mon May 21 17:47:16 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 20:31:33 2012.

"I still like disco and never understood the disco backlash. "

Well, you are black :-)


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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Mon May 21 19:24:16 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by AEM-7AC #901 on Mon May 21 17:47:16 2012.



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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by jimmymc25 on Mon May 21 20:05:09 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by salaamallah@hotmail.com on Mon May 21 00:13:46 2012.

Might be my fav from the Bee Gees.

Jimmymc25

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Elkeeper on Mon May 21 21:21:58 2012, in response to RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Olog-hai on Sun May 20 18:47:10 2012.

No matter what era of their music you prefer, I do feel sorry for Barry Gibb. He has now lost all three of his brothers- Robin, Maurice, and Andrew!

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Wayne-MrSlantR40 on Mon May 21 23:17:00 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Easy on Sun May 20 21:22:49 2012.

It was their "B" sides that stood out in the pre-disco era. But you'll never hear a single one of them on the radio. A towering ballad like "I Can't See Nobody" would have been #1 had it been released as an "A" side. The "A" sides were noteworthy in their own right. The eerie chord changes in "Holiday" (back and forth from minor to major) still give me the creeps. And there are sappy ballads galore - the quivering drama of "Words" and "I Started A Joke" - but they redeemed themselves with another song in the same vein - the keening "First of May". The stinging lead guitar breaks in "Jumbo" came right out of left field. And there was the standard pop stuff like "To Love Somebody" and "I Gotta Get A Message To You". I never understood how they could score a hit with a song called "Massachusetts" (name five other songs with states as their titles!) but that little ditty had staying power. And then there was the debut and the comeback - "New York Mining Disaster 1941" is still one of the strangest songs I've ever run into - and "Lonely Days", along with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" are both classics. Beyond these, the output was uneven at best (ever tried to listen to "Odessa"?).


The Disco songs - "Nights on Broadway" and "You Should Be Dancing" (with its savage guitar break) are also well worth a listen. "Stayin' Alive" too - noteworthy for Maurice's piledriving bass line.

wayne




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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Easy on Mon May 21 23:30:06 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by Wayne-MrSlantR40 on Mon May 21 23:17:00 2012.

I never heard of any of those aside from How Can You Mend.

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Fred G on Tue May 29 20:46:38 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by 5301 Fishbowl on Sun May 20 21:18:38 2012.

Oh I dunno, check out this rare gem with Robin Gibb on lead vocal.



your pal,
Fred

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Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Posted by Newkirk Images on Wed May 30 19:29:24 2012, in response to Re: RIP Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), posted by AMoreira81 on Sun May 20 23:13:31 2012.

I'm not familiar of any of their music pre-1971, however.

I still prefer their pre disco era work more than the latter. Their debut album in 1967 titled "Bee Gees 1st" with hit song NY Mining Disaster 1941 fit in with late 60's album rock radio.

Their disco rebirth and what followed is what people remember them the most for.

Bill Newkirk




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