Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, Co-Writer of “Islands in the Stream,” Dead at Age 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb, a member of the Bee Gees who co-wrote the Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton hit “Islands in the Stream,” died Sunday (May 20) at age 62 following a battle with colorectal cancer. Gibb and his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry began their professional career in Australia in the early ’60s and gained international success after recording hits such as “New York Mining Disaster 1941” and “To Love Somebody” in England. Robin Gibb sang lead vocals on several notable hits, including “I Started a Joke.” Moving from a smooth pop sound, they became superstars of the ’70s disco era following their contributions to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep Is Your Love.” The three Gibb brothers co-wrote “Islands in the Stream,” which was recorded by Rogers and Parton and spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart in 1983. The Bee Gees were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Maurice Gibb died in 2003 of cardiac arrest from complications from a twisted intestine.