As a boy, Robin-John Gibb travelled the world along with his well-known father, standing within the wings at sell-out stadium gigs, as Robin senior and his brothers Barry and Maurice — the Bee Gees — ready to run on stage.
Because the music struck up, RJ (because the household name him), would rush right down to his front-row seat so he may search for from the gang and wave. His father would all the time wave again.
‘It was a unprecedented expertise for one so younger. I noticed the adoration, I noticed how a lot pleasure he was bringing folks,’ RJ remembers.
‘In a while, I came upon from a variety of the followers simply how a lot it was actually the soundtrack to their lives.’
Now an completed singer-songwriter himself, RJ is making ready to tour the UK subsequent 12 months, performing his personal compositions and reviving lots of the Bee Gees’ hits.
He’s rehearsing and placing his present collectively at The Prebendal, the magnificent, Thirteenth-century mansion exterior Thame, Oxfordshire, which he shares along with his spouse and younger household and Irish-born mom Dwina, a playwright and kids’s guide illustrator.
The home is a former monastery, as soon as visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and talked about within the Domesday E book.
As RJ chats away, enjoyable on a settee within the giant, timbered sitting room, it quickly turns into apparent that he loved an exceptionally shut and loving bond along with his father, with whom he wrote and performed music.
As a boy, Robin-John Gibb travelled the world along with his well-known father, standing within the wings at sell-out stadium gigs, as Robin senior and his brothers Barry and Maurice — the Bee Gees — ready to run on stage
Regardless of placing up a courageous battle towards most cancers, Robin died in Might, 2012, aged simply 62. Satirically, the most cancers had simply gone into remission when he suffered pneumonia and kidney failure.
‘I cradled his head and held his proper hand,’ says RJ. ‘My mom held his left hand. I gave him a kiss and we advised him we liked him as we watched him go.
‘He was my greatest buddy,’ he continues, quietly. ‘We have been colleagues and had the identical sense of humour. I take into consideration him day by day. I miss him dearly. And I’m so pleased with him.’
The Bee Gees had greater than 50 worldwide hit singles — together with Saturday Evening Fever, Staying Alive and Jive Talkin’ — and have bought greater than 120 million albums. Not often does a day go by and not using a Gibb brother track being performed on the radio.
‘It doesn’t harm me to listen to his voice. I welcome it and all the time hear,’ says RJ.
‘I do know wherever I am going, I’ll all the time hear his voice. He recorded some audio tapes of his life, anecdotes and issues . . .
‘I generally replay them not only for myself, however to my boys [he has three] in addition to my step-daughter. As a result of they sadly by no means received to satisfy their grandfather. Dad liked youngsters and would have been so thrilled at having grandchildren.’
RJ and his accomplice Megan Golub have Max, eight, Teddy, six, and three-month-old Oliver. Megan’s daughter Elizabeth, is 11.
RJ himself is 38, with a transparent complexion and boyish attractiveness. He has a sensitivity in every little thing he says, and speaks in a mild, tender voice.
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb along with his son Robin John and girlfriend Dwina Waterford in 1983
He studied on the Nationwide Movie Faculty, the London Movie Academy and RADA, however music has all the time been an integral a part of his life: ‘Once I was 5 – 6, I had many music classes, studying to play the trumpet, saxophone, violin and piano.
‘My father inspired me however he by no means pushed me. It’s as a result of he simply uncovered me to it and gave me the chance to go on excursions and into the studio with him that I turned hooked. Finally we began working collectively.’
Not lengthy earlier than Robin’s dying, the pair co-wrote a significant classical work, Titanic Requiem, to commemorate the a centesimal anniversary of the well-known ship’s sinking.
It premiered to nice acclaim on the Central Corridor, Westminster, carried out by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists Mario Frangoulis, Isabel Suckling and Aled Jones.
One track, Don’t Cry Alone, had such an impression on Sir Cliff Richard that he included it in his final Albert Corridor concert events.
Robin Gibb was, tragically, too ailing to attend that first efficiency. He had fallen right into a coma at a London non-public hospital.
Instantly after the live performance, RJ paid him a go to. He put headphones on Robin to play him an excerpt. Amazingly, this led to him waking up and popping out of the coma.
‘We have been capable of inform him about how profitable the night time had been and present him clips from the efficiency. I understand how proud he was of the reception it received when he watched it on the display screen. It introduced a smile to his face.’
At Robin’s funeral, RJ fought off tears as he addressed his late father and mentioned on the packed church: ‘I take consolation that you’re all the time solely a track away.’
Because the son of a Bee Gee, RJ is aware of he might be underneath particular scrutiny from the music business and audiences when he launches himself into the limelight.
‘It may intimidate some, however it doesn’t me,’ says RJ. ‘I don’t assume there’s ever a time once I’ve thought I’m dwelling within the shadow of my father. If something, I might say, what higher shadow to stay in? I simply hope folks will give me the time to take heed to my work.’
Since assembly Megan, a former PR for the Gibb household, and beginning a household, RJ has moved into the Lodge, simply down the driveway, whereas Dwina stays within the large home.
He and Megan met in 2011 when she got here to the home for a New Yr’s Eve social gathering. Covid allowing, they intend to marry subsequent 12 months and, as a result of the household is rising, RJ has plans to construct one other home on the property.
He doesn’t see a lot of his uncle, Barry, as he lives more often than not in Miami, however they’ve been in contact in latest months to debate a movie telling the story of the Bee Gees (Maurice died in 2003).
Because the son of a Bee Gee, (pictured, the group in 1972) RJ is aware of he might be underneath particular scrutiny from the music business and audiences when he launches himself into the limelight
Graham King, producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, the immensely profitable movie about Queen, is getting the mission off the bottom, with Kenneth Branagh on board as director.
RJ hopes Oscar-winner actor Rami Malek, who performed Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, may painting the younger Robin: ‘He seems to be a lot like my father again within the early days.’
RJ and Barry have been given script approval. However it stays to be seen whether or not it would cowl the one episode of disharmony to hit the Gibb family (publicly at the very least) when his father was found to be having an affair with Claire Yang, who labored for the household. The affair led to the beginning of a woman named Snow, now 12.
RJ was 26 on the time. Did it upset him? ‘No, I used to be a giant boy — I used to be effective,’ he says. ‘After all, I used to be very sceptical over whether or not it was true or not, at first.
‘Finally, similar to the rest, you simply consolidate, don’t you, and also you deal with your individual. Simply don’t rock the boat.
‘I don’t really feel any animosity in the direction of the kid — after all not. These items occur lots in rock ’n’ roll, don’t they. I handled it in my very own manner — in an amicable manner.’
He doesn’t have any contact with Snow, who was supplied for in his father’s will, however he does with Spencer and Melissa, the 2 youngsters from Robin’s first marriage.
Dwina, married to Robin for 32 years, has spoken on the topic simply as soon as: ‘Individuals would all the time really feel that in some way or different they’d have the ability to steal Robin away from me, which was by no means going to occur. By no means,’ she mentioned.
‘There was a particular bond there that nobody may break.
‘If you marry a rock star, it’s important to assume to your self, it’s all a part of rock ’n’ roll. That they may do issues totally different to a traditional marriage. As a result of ladies are all the time round. I’m positive it’s no totally different for footballers’ wives.’
RJ says his father was all the time there to present him tips on life and constructing a profession in music. ‘By no means quit,’ Robin advised him. ‘Don’t settle for failure; study from it and use it to construct on.’
And always remember the followers: with out them, there could be no appreciation of your music. ‘I by no means noticed him flip down a fan asking for an autograph, ever,’ says RJ.
Now it’s his flip to take the stage hoping he could make his Bee Gee father proud.
Dwina Waterford was married to Bee Gees singer Robin, who died in Might 2012, for 32 years