Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb passed away Sunday at the age of 62 after a long and difficult battle with cancer. On Monday he was remembered fondly by former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
According to a report from the Washington Post, Gibb was hailed as extraordinary and for talents that extended far beyond the realm of music.
"Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being," Tony Blair said.
Blair extended condolences to Gibb's widow Dwina, and to his children as well. He lauded the late singer for his 'wonderful open and fertile mind.'
Young people today might recall Gibb and the Bee Gees as disco era icons, but their music transcended for decades. Beginning in the 1960s, along with brothers Barry and Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees topped the charts with songs like Got to Get A Message to You and How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. Stayin' Alive was a disco era hit, followed up by How Deep is Your Love. Robin's vibrato rings loud and clear in practically all the Bee Gees' recorded tunes.
Robin was remembered as a history buff, too, having recently served a four-year stint as president of the Heritage Foundation--a group promoting British culture and keeping British history alive.
"He was so enthusiastic about the whole thing," Heritage Foundation Chairman David Graham said. "He loved history, and he was a lovely fellow. We're going to miss him so much. He was always interested in the good of others."
Tony Blair and others will always remember the multi-faceted Bee Gees singer. The world as a whole, however, will remember Robin Gibb for his Bee Gees songs. Either way, a legend is gone. Barry Gibb is the only remaining Bee Gees singer. Robin's twin Maurice Gibb died of intestinal issues similar to those Robin suffered a few years ago.
Robin Gibb's passing marks the third loss of a son for his mother--now in her 90's. May he rest in peace. May his music live on.
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