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Music Icons: Robin Gibb

Ye olde bigge hair.

This is a sad time for disco music. After the death of Donna Summer, another disco legend bites the dust dance floor. I'm talking about Robin Gibb, whose death has left his older brother Barry as the last survivor of the Bee Gees.

Although the Bee Gees were big in the 70s, they still made hits in the 80s, so if you grew up in the 80s, you'll surely have heard them on the radio (since the Philippines in the 80s was basically America in the 70s).

As I was growing up, I encountered Bee Gees references in pop culture. There was one in the comic strip Pugad Baboy, about how the Bee Gees always sounded like they just ate really spicy food. Then there was another one from A Goofy Movie, where Bigfoot danced to "Stayin' Alive".

Then when I was in high school, the Bee Gees made a comeback, with this video constantly playing on music channels, competing for the same airtime as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and the Smashing Pumpkins.

It was then that I noticed, "Hey, that other Bee Gee looks really cool, like an old artist-type guy." And yes, he's the one who doesn't look like a lion. Then I learned that cool artist-type guy was Robin Gibb, who sang "Boys Do Fall in Love", a song everyone in the 80s should have heard at least once.

And that is the story of how Robin Gibb became my favorite Bee Gee ever.

Robin Hugh Gibb. 22 December 1949─20 May 2012.


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