Robin Gibb’s final, posthumous album, 50 St. Catherine’s Drive, is a testament to the love he shared with his brothers, Barry and Maurice, and the music the famous British trio made during a long, illustrious career as the Bee Gees.
Robin’s 17-track album features songs he either wrote or co-wrote and is named after the Gibb family house in which the singer was born in 1949 on Isle of Man.
The very personal and sentimental album was written between 2006 and 2008, and includes songs that were written following the death of Robin’s twin, Maurice, who died in 2003 from complications resulting from a twisted intestine. The material reflects the writer’s conviction that there is loyalty and love that can never diminish.
The track Sydney is a nostalgic song about Gibb and his famous siblings that was the only song written outside the 2006-2008 timeframe and was written as he battled cancer. He had hoped to finish the song with his brother, Barry, but died nine months later from colorectal cancer before they were able to complete the song.
With the loss of his brother and with his own death looming, Robin seems to have captured the sentiment that life here on earth is fleeting. On the song, Days of Wine & Roses, the bittersweet lyrics begin, “Time and tide will wait for no one. Now you’re gone.”
In April 2013, almost a year following the death of Robin, the Isle of Man’s Douglas Council commemorated 50 Catherine Drive with a blue plaque on the door as the original home of the Gibb brothers.