Robin Gibb - Robin Gibb: Five Moments Beyond The Bee Gees
The popular music world was rocked this weekend by news of the death of Robin Gibb, one of two surviving Bee Gees alongside brother Barry Gibb, after their brother Maurice Gibb's death in 2003. Gibb of course will forever be synonymous, alongside his two brothers, for disco hits like 'Night Fever,' 'Stayin' Alive' and 'More Than A Woman,' as well as ballads like 'How Deep Is Your Live?' However Gibb was a far more diverse musician than just the Bee Gees catalogue, and below we look at five other moments of his career that truly showed his sonic wanderings.
Robin Gibb - 'SAVED BY THE BELL' (1969)
As relations between the three Gibb brothers fractured during the wake of their first success together in the late 60s, Robin opted to concentrate on solo endeavours for a time. This gloriously string-laden pop number was a number two hit in the UK upon its release in 1969 and proved that the Bee Gees' lead singer needed no help from his two brothers in the vocal department. Diana Ross - 'Chain Reaction' (1985)
In the mid-80's, soul diva Diana Ross was viewed as something of a spent force globally, even if in the US she still carried some clout. Step forward Robin and the Gibb brothers, who wrote this - her first UK number 1 since 1971 and a massive pop smash, even if it didn't quite take off in her homeland. What can we say, they were fools to overlook it.
Dionne Warwick - 'All The Love In The World' (1982)
Gibb had history on working with ageing Motown divas, as this sultry single released by Dionne Warwick in 1982 proved. Not a massive success, but it was certainly a worthy addition to an artist's hugely impressive canon.
Robin Gibb & Robin-john Gibb - 'Instant Love' (2009)
Robin and his son Robin-John were always close, and collaborated together numerously towards the end of the singer's life - even though not many of their works saw the light of day. This did though, a modernistic duet that appeared on a short film starring Robin-John called 'Bloodtype: The Search'
Robin Gibb & Robin-john Gibb - THE TITANIC REQUIEM (2012)
And then there was this, Gibb's first - and tragically only - foray into classical music, a style that he'd long held dear to his heart. Gibb was sadly too ill to perform it for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the great ship, and its fifteen parts showed only a hint of what the 62 year-old might've gone on to achieve creatively in the future.