Robin Gibb CBE
(1949-2012)

Died aged c. 63

Robin Hugh Gibb (22 December 1949 – 20 May 2012) was a British singer, songwriter and record producer who gained worldwide fame as a member of the Bee Gees, formed with elder brother Barry and fraternal twin brother Maurice. Robin also had his own successful solo career from 1980s onward. Their younger brother Andy was also a singer. Gibb was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man to English parents, Hugh and Barbara Gibb; the family later moved to Manchester (where Andy was born) before settling in Redcliffe, just north of Brisbane, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio (Barry-Maurice-Robin). When the group found their first success, they returned to England where they achieved worldwide fame. In 2002, the Bee Gees were appointed as CBEs for their "contribution to music". However, investiture at Buckingham Palace was delayed until 2004. With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time. Music historian Paul Gambaccini described Gibb as "one of the major figures in the history of British music" and "one of the best white soul voices ever" owing to his distinctive vibrato-laden soulful voice. From 2008 to 2011, Gibb was President of the Heritage Foundation, honouring figures in British culture. After a career spanning six decades, Gibb last performed on stage in February 2012 supporting injured British servicemen at a charity concert at the London Palladium. On 20 May 2012, Gibb died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure brought on by colorectal cancer. Although Gibb sang without playing an instrument in Bee Gees performance, he played most of keyboards including Hammond organ, piano and Mellotron on the album Odessa (1969) rather than Maurice. He also played acoustic guitar, Hammond organ and drum machine on his debut solo album Robin's Reign (1970).

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band member of The Bee Gees

Commemorated on 4 plaques

The Bee Gees. Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb composed and stayed here 1968-1980

67 Brook Street, London, United Kingdom where they composed and stayed

Robin Hugh Gibb CBE 1949-2012 singer/songwriter Bee Gees lived and composed in The Prebendal 1983-2012

The Prebendal, Thame, United Kingdom where they lived (1983-2012) and composed (1983-2012)

Childhood home of the Bee Gees [full inscription unknown]

50 St.Catherine's Drive, Douglas, Isle of Man where they lived

Proud to commemorate The Bee Gees family connection with the Union Mills Post Office

Union Mills Post Office, Maitland Road, Union Mills, Isle of Man where they lived