Tributes pour in for tragic Bee Gees star Robin Gibb

Updated: May 21, 2012, 11:11 AM IST

London: Fellow musicians and fans have been remembering Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who died on Sunday after his long battle with colon and liver cancer.

The singer was 62 when he died and had provided decades of chart hits with the band including ‘Night Fever’ and ‘Stayin’ Alive’.

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said Gibb was “talented beyond even his own understanding”.

“Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music,” the Mirror quoted Gambaccini as saying.

“Their accomplishments have been monumental.

“Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on.

“What must also be said is Robin had one of the best white soul voices ever. He was singing lead on his first number one when he was 17, that was Massachusetts,” he said.

Family friend and DJ Mike Read also spoke on the singer’s passing away.

“There was a sort of inevitability because he has been ill for so long. I was texting his wife earlier today and said how was he and she said ‘not good’ but he has been not good before so I didn’t think anything terribly ultimate was going to happen immediately.

“He had a great gift for pathos, more than any other singer I know.

“His voice could make you cry, it was just incredible. He had a great voice and was a great writer,” he said.

Robin Gibb and the Bee Gees both became the top trending topics on Twitter within moments after he was announced dead.

Australian pop singer Dannii Minogue gave her tribute to the legendary artist saying: “We start believin’ now that we can be who we are - Grease is the word...” RIP Robin Gibb.

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams tweeted: “Robin Gibb RIP. Very sad to hear about yet another great singer dying too young.”

Former Simply Red singer wrote: “RIP Robin Gibb. A musical giant.”
Former Westlife star Brian McFadden also paid tribute, saying: “Rip robin Gibb. I hope you’re at peace now.”

Glen Power, of Irish band The Script, used the band’s official Twitter page to say: “R.I.P. Robin Gibb.

“We met Robin+Barry in NY. Such a lovely guy. Prayers 2 his family. 2 many Legends being taken from us 2 early :( G.”

Eighties rock band Duran Duran posted on their account: “Sorry to hear about the passing of Robin Gibb of the BeeGees. Our condolences to his friends and family.”

The Script’s Twitter account carried the message: “R.I.P. Robin Gibb. We met Robin+Barry in NY. Such a lovely guy. Prayers 2 his family. 2 many Legends being taken from us 2 early”

Glee actor Damian McGinty added: “RIP Robin Gibb. True genius. what a year this has been. we have lost so many great people.”

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott wrote: “Just heard about Robin Gibb.

“A good friend, a brilliant musician and a man who turned all of us into wannabe Travoltas!

“Rest in peace Robin,” Prescott added.
A statement from Sony Music on Twitter said: “Rest in peace, Robin Gibb. Thanks for the music.”

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