[Editor's Note: Patch contributor Paul Zollo shares his experience meeting Robin Gibb in tribute to the late singer. Flowers were placed on the BeeGee's Walk of Fame star at noon Monday in front of the newly named Dolby Theatre.]
Robin Gibb died Sunday in London. He was 62. Now the BeeGees - their name referring to the Brothers Gibb - are only one. Robin's twin brother Maurice died in 2003, and their youngest brother, Andy Gibb, died in 1988. Only Barry Gibb survives.
Robin was the original lead singer of the band, but whether singing lead or harmony, his voice was distinctive — the irrepressible vibrato-rich tenor — and unlike any other. He died following a battle with cancer of the liver and colon, according to The Huffington Post.
I had the privilege of meeting and photographing him at the 2007 BMI Pop Awards, where he and Barry came to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Though Barry was a little reticent that evening meeting adoring fans, Robin very kindly and gently posed with each fan who asked for a photo, and shone humbly when they expounded on his impact on their lives.
"I've been very lucky," he said softly.
He was a great songwriter as well as astounding vocalist, and co-wrote many of the Bee Gees' hits, from early classics such as "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "Massachusetts" to "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" in the 70s.