I've just finished work not fifty yards from where the Gibb brothers grew up in Chorlton, Manchester - a city which is proud to be associated with the Bee Gees.
Like trip I grew up with their 70's disco hits playing all the time at home, as four of my older sisters really loved the disco scene.
What a career! 60's 70's & 80's mega-hits, not just for the Bee Gees, but they also wrote many songs for other superstars. Great harmonies and melodies by Robin, are what I think made them such a massive group. Their music and influence will of course live on, and when people look back on that era in hundreds of years they'll no doubt be remembered.
I've never really been a fan of the Bee Gee's, but I remember seeing him being a judge on Fame Academy several years ago and I couldn't help but admire his knowledge and love of music, as well the advice he'd given to the contestants. There was none of those clichés like the ones that get thrown about on the X Factor and other shows by people who are supposed to be "industry experts."
Its terrible to lose such a respected icon, especially after putting up a courageous effort in his fight for his life.
I'm amazed at just how many people are paying tribute/giving condolences over the death of Robin.
Some include: - Gary Barlow - One of the Gallagher brothers - Tony Blair - The Help for Heroes site on FB (as Robin did a lot of work for charity). - Both The Who and Queen official pages on FB. - And not to mention many people on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, other social networking sites, many media outlets (TV, radio etc.), the list goes on and on, it's very touching.