70 Facts About Robin Gibb


Robin Hugh Gibb was a British singer, musician and songwriter.


Robin Gibb gained worldwide fame as a member of the Bee Gees pop group with elder brother Barry and fraternal twin brother Maurice.


From 2008 to 2011, Robin Gibb was President of the UK-based Heritage Foundation, which honours figures in British culture.


On 20 May 2012, Robin Gibb died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure brought on by colorectal cancer.


Robin Hugh Gibb was born on 22 December 1949 in Jane Crookall Maternity Home in Douglas, Isle of Man, to Barbara Gibb and Hugh Gibb.


Robin Gibb was the fraternal twin of Maurice Gibb and was the older of the two by 35 minutes.


On 13 June 1968, Robin Gibb recorded demos for seven songs, accompanying himself on guitar.


The group, about to embark on its first US tour, cancelled four dates after Robin Gibb had a relapse and flew back to England for additional rest.


Robin Gibb co-wrote "Only One Woman", The Marbles' debut single, which was a hit in several countries, especially in Europe and New Zealand.


The Bee Gees' single "I Started a Joke," on which Robin Gibb sang lead, was not released as a single in the UK but was the group's first US Top 10 hit.


Robin Gibb claimed that the melody of the song was inspired by the sounds he heard in a jet engine.


In January 1969, Robin Gibb co-wrote another Marbles single, "The Walls Fell Down," and co-produced the sessions that same month.


The Bee Gees' last recording session with Robin Gibb was in February 1969.


Robin Gibb performed that song on the German TV show Beat-Club.


Robin Gibb started a mini-tour, making television appearances in a dozen countries to promote "Saved by the Bell".


Later, it was reported on NME that Robin Gibb wrote dozens of songs for Tom Jones.


On 31 January and 1 February 1970, Robin Gibb performed in Auckland, New Zealand at Redwood 70, billed as the first modern music festival held in New Zealand.


Also in that year, Colin Petersen produced "Make a Stranger Your Friend" performed by Jonathan Kelly, on which Robin Gibb sang on the chorus with Mick Taylor, Klaus Voormann, Madeline Bell, three members of The Family Dogg, Jackie Lomax, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and others.


Robin Gibb wanted "Great Caesar's Ghost" to be released as a single around 1970 with "Engines, Aeroplanes" as the B-side but the two songs were not included on that album and were unreleased to this day.


Robin Gibb co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the title track as well as "Man For All Seasons".


In December 1970, Robin Gibb recorded a demo "After the Laughter".


The Bee Gees had their first US No 1 single "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", with Robin Gibb contributing on the song, writing with Barry and singing lead vocals on its first verse.


In 1978, Robin Gibb performed on the Sesame Street Fever album for the Sesame Street children's TV program.


In January 1980, Robin Gibb co-wrote and co-produced Jimmy Ruffin's 1980 album Sunrise with Blue Weaver.


Ruffin had enjoyed one of his first significant hits, "Hold on to My Love", from the album Sunrise, which Robin Gibb had written and produced.


In 1986, Robin Gibb joined Thompson Twins, Zak Starkey, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, John Parr and Holly Johnson under the name Anti-Heroin Project to record a charity single called "Live-In World".


On 27 January 2003, two weeks after the sudden death of Maurice, Robin Gibb released a solo album, Magnet in Germany on SPV GmbH, and worldwide shortly afterwards.


In recent years, Robin Gibb sang the vocals to the opening titles to the British ITV show The Dame Edna Treatment.


In October 2003, Robin Gibb recorded a second version of the song with Alistair Griffin, a-runner up in the UK television program Fame Academy on which Robin Gibb appeared as a judge.


In late 2004, Robin Gibb embarked a solo tour of Germany, Russia and Asia with singer Alistair Griffin as the opening act.


On his return to the UK, Robin Gibb released a CD and DVD of live recordings from the German leg of the tour, backed by the Frankfurt Neue Philharmonic Orchestra of Frankfurt, Germany.


In January 2005, Robin Gibb joined his brother Barry and several other artists under the name One World Project to record a charity single in aid of Asian tsunami relief, titled "Grief Never Grows Old".


In June 2005, Robin Gibb joined The X Factor runner up band G4 at a sell-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, singing the Bee Gees song "First of May".


In March 2006, Robin Gibb announced plans for more solo concerts in Shanghai, China and Portugal.


In May 2006, Robin Gibb took part in the Prince's Trust 30th birthday Concert at the Tower of London along with Barry.


In November 2006, Robin Gibb released his sixth album My Favourite Christmas Carols the last album released in his lifetime, backed by The Serlo Concert, a London choir.


Robin Gibb donated all royalties from "Mother of Love" to the Janki Foundation for Global Healthcare, and dedicated the song to Dadi Janki, the organisation's spiritual leader.


Robin Gibb marked his return to his birthplace by playing a concert at the Isle of Man TT festival in 2007.


Robin Gibb donated all of his share of the money from this concert to the children's ward at Noble's Hospital, Isle of Man, and invited all emergency service staff and marshals for the TT to attend for free.


On 18 May 2008, Robin Gibb released the song "Alan Freeman Days" in tribute to the Australian DJ Alan Freeman.


On 25 October 2007, Robin Gibb performed at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria and sang the Bee Gees' most famous songs.


In 2008, Robin Gibb completed a new solo album entitled 50 St Catherine's Drive, but it was never released until 2014.


On 25 October 2008, to mark the 30th anniversary of the song "Saturday Night Fever" topping the UK charts, Robin Gibb performed with special guests including Ronan Keating, Stephen Gateley, Sam Sparro, Sharleen Spiteri, Gabriella Climi and Bryn Christopher at the London music festival BBC Electric Proms.


Robin Gibb went back to the top of the UK charts in 2009 when he collaborated with singers Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Tom Jones on a new version of "Islands in the Stream", written by Robin Gibb and his brothers Barry and Maurice.


Also in 2010, Robin Gibb toured in Australia with Bonnie Tyler as his supporting guest.


On 30 January 2012, Robin Gibb announced his intention to appear onstage at the Coming Home Concert at the London Palladium in February to benefit British soldiers returning home from Afghanistan.


Robin Gibb was due to attend the piece's premiere on 10 April 2012 at the Central Hall, Westminster, London, but his failing health kept him away.


In 1968, Robin Gibb married Molly Hullis, a secretary in Robert Stigwood's organisation.


On 9 September 1983, Robin Gibb was arrested and sentenced to 14 days in jail for speaking to the press about his previous marriage in breach of a court order.


Robin Gibb is interested in the Druidry religion and is a follower of the neo-Hindu Brahma Kumaris movement.


At 50 years of age, Gibb began an affair with his 25-year-old housekeeper, Claire Yang, that eight years later produced his fourth child, Snow Evelyn Robin Juliet Gibb, born 4 November 2008.


Politically, Robin Gibb was a supporter of New Labour, the British Labour Party when Tony Blair was Prime Minister.


Robin Gibb launched a rally in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, ahead of the 2005 General Election.


Robin Gibb was a close friend of Blair, who was criticised for staying at Gibb's Miami mansion during Christmas 2006.


In 2008, Robin Gibb publicly stated that he continued to get on "like a house on fire" with Blair and said that the then Labour prime minister, Gordon Brown, regularly listened to the Bee Gees.


Robin Gibb was a great friend with a wonderful open and fertile mind and a student of history and politics.


Robin Gibb was the organiser of the Sunseeker Ball in aid of the Outward Bound Trust.


Robin Gibb was the longest serving president of the Heritage Foundation, which honours figures of British culture and facilitated his campaign on behalf of the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal.


On 14 August 2010, while performing in Belgium, Robin Gibb began to feel abdominal pains.


Robin Gibb recovered and returned to perform concerts in New Zealand and Australia.


Robin Gibb continued to make television appearances and other events following his surgery, but in April 2011 he was forced by health problems to cancel his tour of Brazil.


On 27 October 2011, Robin Gibb cancelled an appearance only minutes before he was due to perform at the Poppy Appeal Concert in London.


In March 2012, Robin Gibb was hospitalised for intestinal surgery and cancelled scheduled appearances while recovering.


Robin Gibb died in a London hospital on 20 May 2012, at the age of 62.


Robin Gibb's funeral was held on 8 June 2012 and he was buried at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, near his home in Thame, Oxfordshire.


Robin Gibb had an incredibly witty sense of humour and was fun to be around.


Mostly, Robin Gibb was a good guy who didn't deserve to die this young.


In 1994, Robin Gibb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.


In 2005, Robin Gibb received the Steiger Award in Bochum, Germany for accomplishments in the arts.


Robin Gibb was a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.