Clay Aiken – Remembering Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died on Sunday, May 19th.  He was 62 years old.  Robin was a founding member of the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and twin Maurice. In 1994, the brothers Gibb were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum.

As a group, the Bee Gees is one of the biggest-selling acts of all time, having sold well more than 120 million records. The group has had 15 top 10 records in the United States, including six consecutive No. 1 singles in the late ’70s, and won six Grammy Awards.

Robin Gibb not only co-wrote many of the Bee Gees’ best-known songs, he also sang lead vocals for the group in their formative years.

In 1967, the Gibb Brothers released their first album in England. Named Bee Gee’s 1st, the album had 14 tracks. One of the most popular tracks on the album was #10. It was called To Love Somebody and it became a huge hit for the group.

In May of 2003, Clay Aiken sang To Love Somebody as part of the Top 4 Show of season 2 of American Idol. All the American Idol judges, including Robin Gibb who was a guest judge for the evening, immediately praised Clay’s fantastic performance of the song. The live audience gave Clay a standing ovation for his performance.

That evening was one of the few times that I agreed with Simon Cowell’s comments about Clay’s performances. That night, Cowell said:

Clay, I think this is the third Pop Idol or American Idol I’ve done if you include the English one, and that’s probably one of the best performances I’ve ever heard throughout the competition.

I would love to hear Clay sing this song again. I think it really fits his vocal range and it certainly brought out strong emotions in Clay’s performance.

Were you watching Clay on American Idol when he sang this song? Is it one of your favorites too?

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Comments

  1. WOW!! Just love Clay's voice and choice of songs, I listen to this song often on utube as well as all of his other songs, I still think he's one of the best singers on AI, he's a winner in my heart, thanks musicfan, no matter what other singers i listen to i always go back to Clay, God bless him and Andy Gibb, may Andy rest in peace.

  2. I was watching that night. I absolutely loved that performance.

    I also loved the Bee Gee's, and their brother Andy Gibb. It is sad that all but Barry have died. A great family that did much for music.

  3. I’m still sad over the loss of Robin Gibb. The BeeGees will always be an important part in modern music. Clay singing To Love Somebody is just perfection. I think Robin said it best when he said “that’s the way the song should be sung”. Love it!! 🙂

  4. That performance always, always gives me chills. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched it.
    Just amazing.
    The music industry lost a great performer and song writer with Robin Gibb. May he rest in peace.

  5. that performance of clay aiken singing to love somebody was amazing and the coment that robin gibb gave to clay rip robin gibb im still shocked and sad over the loss of robin the beegees had alwas been a part of my life and the disco erra and yes robin did say it best when he said ta clay thats the way the song should be sung

  6. Absolutely one of the best of Clay's performances – touches me deep inside every time I watch the
    video! Appreciated very much the comments he got from everyone that night! The loss of Robin Gibb
    was deeply felt. Thank you for remembering !

  7. I have watched that performance many times, and it never ceases to amaze me how good Clay's voice is. He just has a natural ability..plus he looks so sexy up there singing. Yes, we did lose a great singer when Robin Gibb passed away. I always loved the BeeGee's. Great group. R.I.P. Robin Gibb.

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