Robin Gibb dies...a few ABBA connections...
|ABBA's induction to the Rock Rock Hall Of Fame,can you find Paul Shaffer?|
Robin Gibb,CBE died today, May 20,2012 at the age of 62. This is the latest in a remarkable sequence of recent music star deaths, In the past weeks, Whitney Houston, Levon Helm, Adam Yauch, and Donna Summer as well as some less noted musicians have died. Robin's death wasn't unexpected, but there was a slight element of surprise, in that he cheated death at first when he came out of his coma. I have been a Bee Gees fan for awhile, and I imagine a lot of ABBA fans are, since they were both pop bands that were big in the 1970's. They both came from exotic places, dabbled in disco but were capable of other things, they both were wonderful vocal bands, and featured the work of legendary songwriting partnerships.
Robin was a quirky kind of guy, perhaps a underrated talent, since he had the misfortune and fortune of being in the same band as the great Barry Gibb. Robin had a reedy tenor, and had a unique vibrato sound, which he used most successfully on many of the band's 1960's hits. He was much less prominent in their late 1970's comeback, but in their later records went back to doing many lead and co-vocals. It wasn't clearly spelled out what Robin's exact role in the remarkable songwriting of Gibb brothers, but it is known that he was their best lyricist, and a competent melody writer. He was rarely used as an actual musician. Many of the Bee Gees songs that I loved best were the songs where Robin and Barry shared vocals like "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "Run to Me", Nights On Broadway,"Alone" and "This is Where I Came In" . My favorite Robin solo lead was on the chilling "I Can't See Nobody".
Among the many Bee Gee connections with ABBA are ABBA's prominent role in the Bee Gee led Music for UNICEF concert, ABBA's appearance with Olivia Newton -John and Andy Gibb on a TV special, and Robin and Barry Gibb's induction of ABBA into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..
(Above: YouTube video of The Bee Gees on the Midnight Special, playing "I Can't See Nobody")
What was Robin's most memorable eccentricity? He used his non- mike hand to cup his right ear.