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Robin Gibb
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Robin Gibb

Robin Hugh Gibb was born December 22, 1949, in Douglas, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, the twin of Maurice Gibb (1949-2003). He became one-third of the singing/songwriting trio that forms the backbone of the musical group, the Bee Gees.

Traditionally, Robin's role in the group has been one of singer, for which he vied constantly with his elder brother Barry Gibb during the group's first period of British success in the late 1960s. This eventually resulted in Robin leaving the group to begin a solo career. Meanwhile, there were rumours of drug problems, and his parents threatened to have him made a ward of court (the age of consent at that time being 21, and Robin only 19).

Although initially successful, with a number 2 hit, Saved by the Bell, Robin's limitations soon made themselves apparent, and he returned to the group and mended the breach with his family. During the 1970s and 1980s, he released further solo singles which were more successful in Europe than in the UK or USA.

Robin's first wife, Molly, was a secretary in Robert Stigwood's organisation when they met. They had two children, Spencer and Melissa, but eventually divorced after years of living separate lives, with Robin almost permanently in the USA and Molly remaining in the UK. Robin's second wife, Dwina Murphy, is an artist, and they have a son, Robin John.

In 1994, Robin Gibb was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Robin's latest solo album, Magnet was released in Germany on January 27 2003 (Label: SPV), and worldwide shortly afterwards. It features the old Bee Gees classic Wish You Were Here in a new accoustic version - on that track he is joined by his brothers Barry and Maurice. Might be the last official Bee Gees track ever recorded.