May 20, 2022, marks the 10th Anniversary of Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb. Many know him for being a member of the Bee Gees, but he also had a solo career. He was a well-known singer but also a remarkable songwriter and producer. Robin Gibb wrote many hits of the Bee Gees’ famous hits, including Stayin’ Alive, Tragedy, How Deep Is Your Love, and Night Fever.
Robin Gibb’s musical career started in 1955 with his brothers forming the Rattlesnakes band, alongside Paul Frost (drums) and Kenny Horrocks (tea-chest bass). The group lasted three years until Paul Frost and Kenny Horrocks left the group. After 1958, the Gibb brothers formed the Bee Gees until 1969, from 1970 to 1979.
Before going back to the Bee Gees in the 70s, Robin Gibb had a solo career From 1969 to 1970. He had one album in the 70s: Robin’s Reign (1970). It briefly resumed in the 1980s and also in the 2000s. In the 80s, he had three records and one EP: How Old Are You (1983), Secret Agent (1984), Walls Have Eyes (1985) and Robin Gibb EP (1985). In the 2000s, the two albums were Magnet (2003)and My Favourite Christmas Carols (2006). There were two albums posthumously released after his passing in 2012 (50 St. Catherine’s Drive (2014) and Sing Slowly Sisters (2015)).
Robin Gibb also collaborated with other artists from 1980 to 1985. That includes working with Jimmy Ruffin on his 1980 album Sunrise and Dionne Warwick on her Heartbreaker. He also recorded songs for the film Staying Alive (starring John Travolta).
In 1994, Robin Gibb got inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum. He had incredible skills as a songwriter, just like his brothers. He also had acclaim and recognition in the 2000s. In 2002, Robin Gibb got appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Two years after that, in 2004, he and his brother Barry received honorary doctorates of music from the University of Manchester, England. He also received the Steiger Award (Miner Award) in Bochum, Germany, for his accomplishment in the arts.
I want to show appreciation for Robin Gibb’s contribution to the timeless music of the Bee Gees. Robin Gibb had impressive accomplishments as a singer and songwriter throughout his long career – such remarkable talent. Robin Gibb leaves behind a fantastic musical legacy.
I listened to the Bee Gees growing up because my mom and sisters enjoyed their music. Some days I remember we’d listen to their best hits album and dance like no one was watching. My favourite written by the late Robin Gibb are Stayin’ Alive , How Deep Is Your Love and Tragedy.
Rest in Peace, Robin Gibb.
Here are some of the songs Robin Gibb wrote/co-wrote.