After the passing of Bee Gees star Robin Gibb on Sunday at the age of 62, there’s been an outpouring of online tributes from the singer’s pop peers. The latest comes from Beyonce, who, as a member of Destiny’s Child, covered Australian artist Samantha Sang’s 1977 hit “Emotion”. The song was written by Robin and his brother Barry Gibb, and the original version sailed to #3 on the Hot 100 during the height of the Bee Gees’ success. (The Gibb backing vocals on the chorus are unmistakeable.)
Head below to read Beyonce’s words about Robin, and to flash back to Destiny’s Child’s cover of “Emotion”.
Beyonce noted the following on her official site:
The Bee Gees were an early inspiration for me, Kelly and Michelle. We loved their songwriting and beautiful harmonies. Recording their classic song, “Emotion,” was a special time for Destiny’s Child. Sadly we lost Robin Gibb this week. My heart goes out to his brother Barry and the rest of his family.
Samantha Sang — “Emotion” (original 1977 version, penned by Barry & Robin Gibb)
Destiny’s Child — “Emotion” (from 2001 album Survivor)