Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has shown “flickers of life” after his brother Barry sang to him to help wake him from his coma, it has been claimed. His family continue to keep vigil at his bedside. As his wife Dwina said music appeared to be helping. She said his brother had been singing to him, while his children played music to “try and bring him back to us”.
Robin Gibb has enjoyed a musical career spanning six decades, from humble beginnings as part of a sibling trio in 1950s Manchester to his most recent classical venture, the requiem for The Titanic. In the interim, he sang some of the 1960s and 1970s greatest hits, including Massachusetts, I've Gotta Get A Message To You, Lonely Days, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, How Deep Is Your Love and Stayin' Alive. Gibb last performed on stage in February, supporting injured servicemen and women at the Coming Home charity concert held at the London Palladium.
Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, a trio that helped define the disco subculture of the 1970s with such hits as “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love,” died May 20. He was 62. His death was announced on his Web site. Mr. Gibb reportedly had cancer and pneumonia and had been hospitalized in London. The Bee Gees — a play on the “Brothers Gibb” — were formed in 1958 with Mr. Gibb, his twin brother Maurice and their elder brother Barry. The group became one of the most successful pop entertainment acts of its era, winning multiple Grammy Awards, selling more than 110 million albums and putting 23 songs in the top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 charts from 1967 to 1979.
Best known as one-third of the Bee Gees, Robin Gibb will be remembered most for the Australian brothers' 1977 soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, especially its defining disco-era hits Night Fever and Stayin' Alive. Check out these other choice cuts spotlighting Robin's vocal gifts.
•New York Mining Disaster 1941 (from Bee Gees' 1st, 1967)
•Love Me (from Children of the World, 1976)