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Bee Gees Co-Founder Robin Gibb Dies at 62


One of the most well-known and beloved pop trios in history is down to a single member after Robin Gibb died of colorectal cancer on Sunday at the age of 62.  His brother, another member of the band, died in 2003.

CNN memorializes:

The Brothers Gibb -- calling themselves the Bee Gees -- soared to renown after the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta was built around the group's falsetto voices and disco songs.

In the latter part of the 1970s, the British-born Bee Gees "dominated dance floors and airwaves. With their matching white suits, soaring high harmonies and polished, radio-friendly records, they remain one of the essential touchstones to that ultra-commercial era," the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says on its website.

They continue:

"Saturday Night Fever" and the group's 1979 album "Spirits Having Flown" yielded six No. 1 hits, "making the Bee Gees the only group in pop history to write, produce and record that many consecutive chart-topping singles," according to the Hall of Fame.

While often more in the background, Robin Gibb was the lead singer on several of the Bee Gees' top tunes including "I Started a Joke" and "I've Gotta Get a Message to You." He also recorded several solo albums during his career.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the Bee Gees sold more than 200 million albums, and their soundtrack album to "Saturday Night Fever" was the top-selling album until Michael Jackson's "Thriller" claimed that distinction in the 1980s.

"The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time," the brief statement on his website read.

In a 2001 interview with USA Today, Robin Gibb reportedly quipped: "We're comforted by the fact that most of our critics are dead. … We've outlived them."

In the words of the paper, "Certainly, the music will continue to do so."

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