Isn’t it a bit too much? Last Tuesday I mourned the loss of Disco’s fave diva, the extraordinary Donna Summer. Within a week, another Throwback Tuesday post is being dedicated to a remarkable band that spear-headed the Disco era of the late 70’s, as one of their remaining two members breathed his last, losing his battle to the same dreaded disease Donna Summer succumbed to, barely a few days earlier. Is it not enough with Etta and Whitney gone already? Like I had mentioned earlier, it truly is an incredibly sad year for music, and we’re not even half way through it.
Last week, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, undoubtedly one of the most prolific, influential and successful bands of all time, lost a prolonged battle with liver and colon cancer at the age of 62. Today’s Throwback Tuesday post is dedicated to Robin, as well as the Bee Gees, who’s contribution to music will forever remain unmatched.
Disco became a global phenomenon because of the Bee Gees. Period. With over 200 million records sold worldwide, 9 Billboard # 1 singles, a collective 9 Grammy awards including the Legend Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Hall Of Fame Award, an incomparable back-catalog of over 45 years, inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame – there will never be another band like them. The loss will forever be irreplaceable, while their monumental legacy will live on through their music.
Today I pick one of my fave Bee Gees songs of all time, the incredibly lush ‘How Deep Is Your Love‘, as my Throwback Tuesday song of the week. Taken from the soundtrack of the 1977 movie ‘Saturday Night Fever‘ starring John Travolta, the song became the first of 6 consecutive number one singles (out of 9 overall) for the band on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won the Grammy for the Best Pop Vocal Performance in 1978. I personally loved Barry’s falsetto that was the trademark for a Bee Gees number, but the effortless blend of Robin’s vibrato and Maurice’s harmonies were equally crucial in creating their signature sound.
Undoubtedly the epitome of the disco phenomenon, the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night Fever‘ topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for an unprecedented 24 consecutive weeks, being certified 15 times Platinum by the RIAA. The album also topped the UK Top 40 for 18 consecutive weeks, and eventually won the Grammy for Album Of The Year.
Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb redefined pop culture, and they were the definition of the Disco era. Robin’s death is an irreplaceable loss for music indeed – those shoes can never be filled. Thank you for the music Robin – and the Bee Gees, your music will keep ‘stayin’ alive‘ for generations to come.