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Elton John World News: The Loss of An Influential Singer/Songwriter

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Monday 21 May 2012 @ 16:33 - GMT

Elton has called compositions by the Bee Gees ''some of the greatest pop songs ever.'' Other admirers who recorded their music have included Al Green, Eric Clapton, Cher, and Tina Turner.

Sadly, one of the members, Robin Gibb, lost his battle with cancer yesterday.

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said the performer and songwriter was "talented beyond even his own understanding" and described him as one of the important figures in the history of British music.

He added: "Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees  are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music.

"Their accomplishments have been monumental. Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on.

"What must also be said is Robin had one of the best white soul voices ever. He was singing lead on his first number one when he was 17, that was Massachusetts."

A statement posted by Sony Music on Twitter said: "Rest in peace, Robin Gibb. Thanks for the music."

Gibb is survived by his brother, Barry; wife, Dwina; his daughter, Melissa, and sons Spencer and Robin-John.