The Original Sample:
Robin Gibb was 1/3 of the Bee Gees, joined by his fraternal brother Maurice and older brother, Barry. Their most recognizable work was released during the disco era in the late 1970s. It is during this time that Barry Gibb’s lead falsetto vocal was most prominent. Before this transformation, the Bee Gees were more of a rock psychedelic band which featured Robin Gibb’s vibrato vocals as lead. It’s fitting that this week’s sample is from a period of the Bee Gee’s history where Robin’s vocals were often showcased. The rivalry with his brother for lead vocal led to Robin pursuing a solo career during the late 60s. But after mild success, he returned to the group in the early 70s and penned their first #1 US hit (“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”). Much of their songs during this time period were about heartache. During the late 70s, the group reinvented their sound and adapted to the sound of the disco-era.
In 2004, the Bee Gees received their CBEs from the Prince of Wales for their contribution to music. Robin Gibb’s contribution to the Bee Gees helped make them one of the best selling music artists of all time with over 220 million copies sold world-wide. Here’s a live performance of this week’s sample from 1973:
Robin Gibb (December 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012)
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