Bee Gees' Robin Gibb dies after long cancer battle
In this Nov, 6, 1979, file photo, the Bee Gees from left, Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb sing close into the microphone at a Miami Beach concert in Miami. November 6, 1979. A representative said on Sunday, May 20, 2012, that Robin Gibb has died. He was 62. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
LONDON (AP) — With his carefully tended hair, tight trousers and perfect harmonies, Robin Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, defined the disco era. As part of the Bee Gees — short for the Brothers Gibb — they created dance floor classics like "Stayin Alive," ''Jive Talkin'," and "Night Fever" that can still get crowds onto a dance floor.
In this Friday, Jan. 13, 1979 file photo, members of the Bee Gees pose with Barry Manilow, far right, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca. The brothers Gibb, from left, Barry, Maurice, and Robin, won awards for favorite popular group and favorite soul album for "Saturday Night Fever." A representative said on Sunday, May 20, 2012, that Robin Gibb has died. He was 62. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
The catchy songs, with their falsetto vocals and relentless beat, are familiar pop culture mainstays. There are more than 6,000 cover versions of the Bee Gees hits, and they are still heard on dance floors and at wedding receptions, birthday parties, and other festive occasions.
Robin Gibb, 62, died Sunday "following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," his family announced in a statement released by Gibb's representative Doug Wright.
In this July 31, 1978, file photo, the British pop group the Bee Gees, from left, Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb, pose for photographers, in Los Angeles. A representative said on Sunday, May 20, 2012, that Robin Gibb has died. He was 62. (AP Photo/Lennox Mclendon, File)
Gibb was the second disco-era star to die this week. Donna Summer — who earned the Queen of Disco title by singing "Last Dance" and "I Feel Love" — died of cancer in Florida on Thursday.