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May 20, 2012
After that, people started thinking we were just a disco group. We were never a disco group. The songs in the movie weren’t written as ‘disco’ songs. But now people think that’s all we play.
"Bee Gees" member Robin Gibb • Discussing his band’s work on “Saturday Night Fever,” which overshadowed their earlier, Fab Four-style work. The band made a conscious decision to change their musical style in the mid-1970s, a move that proved to be the right one as it led to era-defining success. But it wasn’t easy, though, as it pigeonholed them to a degree — which led Robin to spend much of the 80s doing solo work far away from disco. Fun fact: The music for “Saturday Night Fever” came after the movie was filmed. “I was dancing to Stevie Wonder and Boz Scaggs,” John Travolta noted years after the fact.
22:34 // 1 year ago
RIP Robin Gibb: One third of the Bee Gees has died. Robin Gibb, who died at 62 after a lengthy bout with colon and liver cancer, helped usher in the era of disco with his band, which was active for over four decades. The band’s work on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack ensured their place in rock history, with songs such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever” defining an era of pop culture. Gibb also had a lengthy solo career which ran concurrently with his Bee Gees success. Gibb is survived by his brother and fellow Bee Gee Barry; his twin Maurice died in 2003, and his younger brother Andy (who was successful as a solo artist) died in 1988. (Above: A YouTube montage of Robin, set to his solo tune “Another Lonely Night In New York.”)
22:25 // 1 year ago
April 14, 2012
Sad news today, as reports note that Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, is reportedly close to death, suffering from health problems stemming from a blocked bowel he suffered nearly two years ago, along with colon cancer which was reportedly in remission a month ago. His twin brother, Maurice, died of a simliar condition nine years ago. Robin is reportedly in a coma, with his family at his side. Robin, along with Maurice and Barry, emerged from Australia to become one of the biggest music acts of the 1960s and 1970s, with a lengthy career spanning over four decades. Fingers crossed that he can hold on a bit longer.
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18:02 // 1 year ago