DIFFERENT TYPES OF SINGING AND REMOTE CONTROL
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Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (22 December 1949 -- 20 May 2012) was a singer and songwriter, best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. Their younger brother Andy was also a singer.
Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Brisbane, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio and when the group found their first success they returned to the United Kingdom where they achieved worldwide fame. In 2004, the Bee Gees received their CBEs from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for their "contribution to music". With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, 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".
After a career spanning six decades, Gibb last performed on stage in February 2012 supporting injured British servicemen and women at a charity concert at the London Palladium. On 20 May 2012, Gibb died at the age of 62 from liver and kidney failure.
963-68: Bee Gees
Traditionally, Gibb's original role in the Bee Gees was a backup singer, but since 1967 his role was a lead singer for which he vied with Barry during the group's first period of British success in the late 1960s. As the member of the Bee Gees, he is also known as the lead vocalist on their tracks from 1967 to 1968 they are: "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "Massachusetts", "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "I Started a Joke". This rivalry eventually prompted Robin to leave the group and begin a solo career. The final irritant was when his song "Lamplight" was relegated to the B-side of Barry's song "First of May". Meanwhile, there were rumours during this period that he was dealing with drug abuse problems, leading his parents (allegedly) to threaten legal action to make him a ward of court (the UK age of majority at that time being 21, while Gibb was only 19).
1969-79: Solo career, Robin's Reign and return to the Bee Gees
Gibb performs on the Dutch television network AVRO programme TopPop in 1973.
In his solo career, Gibb was initially successful with a number 2 UK hit, "Saved by the Bell", which sold over one million copies and received a gold disc. Also in 1969, Gibb co-produced "Love for Living", the song was performed by Clare Torry and was released as a single. However, Robin's first solo album, Robin's Reign (released in 1970) was less successful and he soon found that being a solo artist was unsatisfying. Maurice played bass guitar on the song "Mother and Jack", but was subsequently removed from the project by producer Robert Stigwood. Also in that year, Colin Petersen produced "Make a Stranger Your Friend" performed by Jonathan Kelly, on which Gibb singing on the chorus with Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Klaus Voormann of Plastic Ono Band, Madeleine Bell, three members of The Family Dogg, Jackie Lomax, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and others. Despite having almost completed a second solo album, Sing Slowly Sisters, Gibb reunited with his brothers, who then revived the Bee Gees. The group came back on a high note, reaching No. 3 on the US charts with the song "Lonely Days" in 1970. In 1971, the Bee Gees had their first US No.1 hit, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", but after that their popularity started to ebb.
In 1974, with new producer Arif Mardin, the Bee Gees reinvented themselves with the song "Blue-Eyed Soul". The group now entered their second period of phenomenal success in the disco-era late 1970s. In 1978, Gibb performed on the Sesame Street Fever album for the Sesame Street children's TV program. He was one of the singers on the "Sesame Street Fever" title track, he sang a song called "Trash" for the character Oscar the Grouch, and spoke with Cookie Monster at the beginning of "C is for Cookie".