Former Bee Gee Robin Gibb is in a coma after contracting pneumonia, a statement on his website said yesterday (Saturday 4/14/12).
The statement confirmed media reports that Gibb was gravely ill.
The former Bee Gee was hospitalized last year for stomach and colon problems. Although not confirmed, it's believed to be cancer. He told the BBC he had a growth on his colon that was removed.
According to reports earlier this year he was making a good recovery, but due to surgery last month on his intestine he was forced to miss the London premiere of "Titanic Requiem" this week.
The Bee Gees consisted of brothers Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb (robin's twin). They had hits in the late sixties and early seventies. I remember listening to “To Love Somebody” and “Words” on WHBQ here in Memphis when I was in high school. Just thinking about them now brings back some great memories of what was going on in my life then. Especially “To Love Somebody,” that was such a great love song. When I worked at FM100 we played “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” I always thought that was one of their best songs.
Then in the mid to late seventies they had another string of hits. It was the disco-era and even those who weren’t into discos liked those songs. They weren’t just disco songs as much as good solid hits. Songs like "How Deep is Your Love," “You Should Be Dancing” and "Stayin' Alive." Their "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack was one of the bestselling albums of the 1970’s. That movie not only reinvented the Bee Gees but introduced John Travolta to the big screen not only as an actor but as a dancer as well.