April 21, 2012


Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Wakes Up From Coma

Frank Hoensch
Frank Hoensch

After slipping into a pneumonia-related coma last week, Robin Gibb has woken up and is nodding and communicating with him family, according to the BBC. Over the course of the last week, his wife and children had been playing music to get through to him and his older brother Barry Gibb flew into England just to sing to his ailing, comatose brother. Fortunately, it seems their efforts and Robin's fighting spirit have won the battle.

Robin Gibb has struggled with his health for the last few years. He was hospitalized in 2010 for intestinal complications—the same condition that claimed brother Maurice's life in 2003—and in 2011 he revealed his battle with liver cancer. In March 2012, he announced his cancer was in remission, but later that month, he was once again hospitalized for intestinal surgery. On April 14, his family made the sad announcement that he had slipped into a coma after contracting pneumonia. Although initial reports were grim, it now sounds like he is well on the path to recovery.

The Bee Gees' musical influence is uniquely vast. While Barry's falsetto dominated the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever disco tunes, Robin's heartfelt, vulnerable voice was the centerpiece of their 1960s pop hits. On songs like "Holiday," "I Started A Joke" and "To Love Somebody," the trio of brothers created some of the most understated, sophisticated pop arrangements of the era. Listen to Robin's voice on the gorgeous "Words" below to celebrate his recovery.

Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive"