In contrast to Barry and Robin, who have shared and alternated the spotlight as lead vocalists, Maurice (pronounced “Morris” in British English) has been almost exclusively a backing vocalist for his four-decade career, providing a key part of the harmony singing for his brothers. In less overtly visible ways, however, he has been essential to the group’s sound from the beginning of their recording career.
Robin Gibb was one of the most popular and most celebrated pop musicians of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and 80s. As a member of the Bee Gees, he sold over 100 million records worldwide during the course of a career in which he sang lead on many of their great pop hits, such as “Massachusetts,” “I Gotta Get a Message to You,” “I Started a Joke,” “New York Mining Disaster 1941,” and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”
While Gibb’s falsetto became the Bee Gees’ signature during the disco era, it was Robin’s quietly passionate tenor that defined their first run of hits, and his harmony vocals with his brothers Barry and Maurice were always an integral part of their sound. Robin was also the first of the Bee Gees to pursue a solo career, and while he returned to the group after a brief breakup in the late ‘60s, he was in many respects the Bee Gee with the strongest identity.
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