singersongwriter. He is best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice(1949–2003),elder brother Barry.Born to English parents, the trio started their musical career in Australia,found major success when they returned to Engl. With record sales estimated in excess of
Born Robin Hugh Gibb to Barbara (née Pass)Hugh Gibb in the Isle of Man, Robin was the twin brother of Maurice Gibb,was the older of the twins by thirty-five minutes. The third-born of five children, he has one older sister, Lesley (born 1945),three brothers, Barry(born 1946), twin Maurice (born 1949),Andrew(born 1958). In late 1958, hehis family, moved to Brisbane, Australia, settling in one of the citys poorest suburbs, Cribb Isl, which was subsequently demolished to make way for Brisbane Airport. Their music careers began in Australia,flourished when they returned to Engl in 1967were spotted by Robert Stigwood.
Traditionally, Robins role in the group has been that of lead singer, for which he vied constantly with his elder brother Barry Gibb during the groups first period of British success in the late 1960s. This eventually resulted in Robin leaving the group to begin a solo career after his song "Lamplight" was relegated to the B side of Barrys "First of May". Meanwhile, there were rumours of drug problems,his parents threatened to have him made a ward of court (the UK age of majority at that time being 21,Robin then only 19).
Although initially successful, with a number 2 UK hit, "Saved by the Bell" (which sold over one million copies,was awarded a gold disc)his album, Robins Reign, was less successfulhe found that being a solo artist was less than satisfying. He reunited with his brothers, despite having almost completed a second solo album, "Sing Slowly Sisters", who had disbed the Bee Gees in search of their own solo careers. They came back on a high note, reaching the top of the U.S. ts for the first time with the song "Lonely Days" in 1970.The following year, they had their second U.S. #1 hit, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," but then their success started to ebb. After they started working with producer Arif Mardin in 1974reinvented themselves with "Blue-Eyed Soul," the Bee Gees went on to their second period of phenomenal success in the disco-era late 1970s.
He also made an appearance on the Sesame Street Fever album, singing on the title track, then doing a song for Oscar the Grouch called "Trash", along with speaking on at least one other song.
While continuing in the group, Robin also promoted his solo career,during the 1980s he released three further solo albums (How Old Are You, Secret Agent,Walls Have Eyes) which were more successful in Continental Europe than in the UK or USA. However, his 1984 single "Boys Do Fall in Love" did reach the Billboard top 40.
In the same week as his twin brother Maurices sudden death, Robins next solo album, Magnet, was released in Germany on 27 January 2003 (Label: SPV),worldwide shortly afterwards. It features the old Bee Gees classic "Wish You Were Here" in a new acoustic version. The lead single, "Please" has coincidental lyrics about "loss". With Maurices death, his two surviving brothers RobinBarry announced that they would no longer perform as the Bee Gees.
Robin has recently sung the vocals to the opening titles to "The Dame Edna Treatment".
On 18 May 2008, Robin released the song "Alan Freeman Days" in tribute to the Australian DJ Alan Freeman. The song was mainly issued as a download only track although a promotional CD was issued by Academy Recordings. In December of the same year the song was followed by another downloadable song entitled "Winga Prayer" which although it shares the same name as a song the Bee Gees issued on their 1989 One album is actually a reworking of the song, "Sing Slowly Sisters", that had remained unreleased since 1970.A week later Robin issued another song as a download, "Ellan Vannin (Home Coming Mix)", featuring the King Williams College Choir from the Isle of Man.
A new solo album entitled 50 St Catherines Drive, originally scheduled for release in 2008, remains unreleased. In August 2009 a 50 second clip of "Instant Love" from said album appeared as a preview. The song itself is a collaboration with his son Robin-Johna second version featuring Robin-John on vocals appeared in a short film called Bloodtype: The Search in which Robin-John appeared.
In August 2003, Robin announced that he would be releasing a new single of "My Lovers Prayer", a song first recorded by the Bee Gees in 1997, with vocals by Robin, Wanya Morris,Lance Bass. This was played on radio, but was never actually released. In October 2003 another version was recorded as a duet with Alistair Griffin, runner-up in the UK television program Fame Academy, on which Robin had appeared as a judge. My Lovers Prayer, was eventually released in the UK in January 2004 as a double A side CD single,reached number 5 in the UK ts.
In January 2005 Robin joined his brother Barryseveral other artists under the collective name of One World Project, to record a ity single in aid of Asian tsunami relief, titled "Grief Never Grows Old". Other artists who performed on the single included Boy George, Steve Winwood, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Sir Cliff Rid, Bill Wyman, America, Kenny Jones, Chicago, Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Russell WatsonDavy Spillane.
In June 2005 Gibb joined X Factor runners up G4 at a sell-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, singing the Bee Gees song "First of May". A recording of this performance was released in December 2005 as part of a double A side single, credited as "G4 feat Robin Gibb" together with G4s own cover of Johnny Mathis "When a Child is Born". This track was also included on the platinum selling album G4 & Friends which reached number 6 in the UK album ts.
In November 2006, Robin released an album of Christmas carols called Robin Gibb – My Favourite Carols, backed by London choir The Serlo Consort. The album also features a br new song written by Robin called "Mother of Love", which was released in Europe as a download single. The song was inspired by Maurice Gibb,is the first new Robin Gibb composition to be published since his twin brother died in January 2003. Royalties of Mother of Love will be donated to the "Janki Foundation for Global Healthcare",Robin dedicated the song to Dadi Janki, the organisations spiritual leader. It is also dedicated to Robins own mother, Barbara Gibb. The album also has a bonus DVD titled A Personal Christmas Moment with Robin Gibb.
Gibb went back to the top of the U.K. ts in 2009 when he collaborated with Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon,Tom Jones on a new version of "Isls in the Stream," which was written by Gibbhis brothers BarryMaurice. The new version, inspired by the BBC comedy "Gavin & Stacey," was for the ity Comic Relief.
In late 2004, Robin embarked on a solo tour of Germany, RussiaAsia, with Alistair Griffin as the opening act. On his return he released a CDDVD of live recordings from the German leg of the tour, backed by the Frankfurt Neue Philharmonic Orchestra. A further solo tour of Latin America followed in 2005.
In February 2006, Robin joined his brother Barry live on stage at a ity concert in Hollywood, Florida This was the first time they had performed together since the death of their brother in 2003.
In March 2006 he announced plans for more solo concerts in ShanghaiPortugal. In May 2006, Robin took part in the Princes Trust 30th Birthday Concert at the Tower of London along with his brother Barry. They sang 3 songs: "Jive Talkin", "To Love Somebody""You Should Be Dancing". In September 2006, Robin Gibb performed "Stayin Alive" at the Miss World 2006 contest finals in Pol. In November 2006, Robin performed a solo concert, entitled "Bee Gees – Greatest Hits", at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, the Philippines.
Robin Gibb marked his return to his birthplace by playing a concert at the Isle of Man TT festival in 2007. The Peel Bay TT Festival – 12 February 2007. Robin donated all of his share of the money from this gig to the childrens ward at Nobles Hospital, Isle of Maninvited all emergency service staffmarshals for the TT to attend for free.
On 8 September 2007, Robin performed a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Energy Arena for the NuSkin Convention singing a set of Bee Gees hits.
On 25 October 2007, Robin Gibb performed a concert in Sofia, Bulgariasang the Bee Gees most famous songs.
On 25 October 2008, to mark the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever topping the ts in the UK, Robin Gibb will appear at this years Electric Proms. He will perform alongside guests including Sam SparroSharleen Spiteri with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert will be shown on BBC Television at a later date.
In 1968 Gibb married Molly Hullis, a secretary in Robert Stigwoods organisation. The couple had survived the Hither Green rail crash, which killed 49 people on the 5 November 1967. They have two children, SpencerMelissa, but they eventually divorced in 1980 after years of living separate lives, with Robin almost permanently in the USAMolly remaining in the UK.
Gibbs second wife, Dwina Murphy Gibb, is an authoran artist. She is interested in druidryis a follower of the Brahma Kumaris. The couple have a son, Robin-John. RobinDwina divide their time among the Isle of Man, Miami,Thame in Oxfordshire.
In 1994, Robin Gibb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame,in 1997 the Bee Gees were inducted as a group into the RockRoll Hall of Fame.
Robin was made a Commer of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2001/2002 New Years Honours List, along with his brothers MauriceBarry. The official presentation ceremony at Buckingham Palace was delayed until 2004 owing to Maurices death.
RobinBarry Gibb both received Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Music from The University of Manchester in May 2004.
On 10 July 2009, both RobinBarry were made Freemen of the Borough of Douglas. The award, was also bestowed posthumously on Maurice, therefore confirming the freedom of the town of their birth to all three brothers.