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Monday, May 21, 2012

Tragedy: Another Gibb Gone / The Top 40 Bee Gees Songs

Robin, Barry, and Maurice Gibb
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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Robin Gibb died May 20, 2012 in London, England, after a long battle with colorectal cancer. He made up one-third of the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice. They were known for three-part harmony and falsetto voices. They started as a pop-rock act in Australia, but returned to their native UK and hit their commercial peak in the latter-half of the 1970s when they became disco icons. Their string of hits from 1977’s Saturday Night Fever soundtrack made for one of the greatest chart dominations ever accomplished by a group as the album lingered atop the U.S. album chart for six months fueled by four #1 hits. During a forty-year run, the group sold more than 220 million albums.

He was born on 12/22/1949 in Douglas, Isle of Man, UK. His younger brother, Andy, was a hugely successful pop singer in the 1970s, but died in 1988. Robin’s twin brother, Maurice, died in 2003. The oldest brother, Barry, is the only one still alive.

The Top 40 Bee Gees Songs *

Stayin’ Alive

1. Stayin’ Alive (1977) DMDB 100 #1
2. How Deep Is Your Love (1977) DMDB 1000 #1 #1 AC
3. Night Fever (1978) DMDB 1000 #1 #1 UK
4. Tragedy (1979) #1 #1 UK
5. You Should Be Dancing (1976) #1

How Deep Is Your Love

6. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (1971) #1
7. Too Much Heaven (1978) #1
8. Jive Talkin’ (1975) #1
9. The Lights Went Out in Massachussets (1967) #1 UK
10. To Love Somebody (1967)

Night Fever

11. Lonely Days (1970)
12. Love So Right (1976)
13. Love You Inside Out (1979) #1
14. I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You (1968) #1 UK
15. Nights on Broadway (1975)

Tragedy

16. Fanny Be Tender with My Love (1975)
17. Words (1968)
18. Run to Me (1972)
19. One (1989) #1 AC
20. My World (1972)

You Should Be Dancing

21. I Started a Joke (1968)
22. The Woman in You (1983)
23. Alone (1997)
24. More Than a Woman (1978)
25. New York Mining Disaster 1941 (1967)

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

26. Boogie Child (1977)
27. First of May (1969)
28. Alive (1972)
29. Edge of the Universe (1977)
30. Someone Belonging to Someone (1983)

Too Much Heaven

31. Holiday (1967)
32. You Win Again (1987) #1 UK
33. Tomorrow Tomorrow (1969)
34. Jumo (1968)
35. Still Waters Run Deep (1997)

Jive Talkin’

36. He’s a Liar (1981)
37. Paying for the Price of Love (1993)
38. Don’t Forget to Remember (1969)
39. Spicks and Specks (1966)
40. Living Eyes (1981)

* Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as sales, chart data, radio airplay, and awards. Songs which make Dave’s Music Database’s list of the top 1000 of all time are marked (DMDB 1000) as are #1 songs on the Billboard pop and R&B charts as well as the UK charts.

The Lights Went Out in Massachussets


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