What I find most disheartening is there are still some who have no idea of their passing. With the myriad of ways we all gain information about what’s happening around the block or around the world, it seems impossible that such unexpected news somehow missed members of society.
The same can’t be said for the passing of Whitney Houston earlier this year and Michael Jackson several years ago.
No, their deaths made for sensational headlines, even months after they were finally laid to rest.
But not so for Summer and Gibb. There was no mystery surrounding their demise; no juicy story the press could wrap their hands around; no controversy or tabloid spectacle our society just can’t get enough of.
If the only thing we can remember them for is their illustrious careers and soaring vocals, then I’d say they had a pretty good life.
But a “good life” doesn’t guarantee ratings, circulation or profits as Houston and Jackson’s deaths certainly did. But for the many fans who always admired both Donna Summer and Robin Gibb over the years, they will always be remembered with not only love but respect.