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Update from Barry Gibb and his team in Miami Beach.

Unfortunately there are no touring plans for 2015 but there may be one or two charity events where he does a short performance.
 We have at this time no details yet about these plans to announce.
 Then there is of course the Grammy presentation in February!
As for recording: Barry is planning on writing and putting down a few demos in the new year as to try out his newly refitted analogue home studio.

Source : Dick Ashby

The Joy of the Bee Gees review – a song of constant reinvention

The Joy of the Bee Gees review – a song of constant reinvention
The Gibb brothers’ saga could have been filled with an endless parade of hits, never mind their turbulent life stories

So deep is my love for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb that you don’t know what it’s like having to avoid the temptation to review a programme like The Joy of the Bee Gees (BBC4) by – and I’ve gotta get a message to you about this – incorporating the titles of as many of their hits as possible.

It seems like a tragedy to waste such an opportunity. But perhaps to do so would be too much heaven. OK, you win again, dead hand of convention. I am more than a woman but one with a touch of night fever, barely stayin’ alive even without your clammy grip, so enough of this jive talkin’. Although I started a joke and we should be dancing, let’s return to work.

The point is, you could do it. Such is their catalogue of hits – even without the ones they penned for the likes of Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick and Barbr…

the joy of the Bee Gees

The Bee Gees, George Harrison & More Honored with Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

December 18 2014
  The Recording Academy announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year's honorees are: the Bee Gees, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, Flaco Jiménez, Louvin Brothers, and Wayne Shorter as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients; Richard Perry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and George Wein as Trustees Award honorees; and Ray Kurzweil as the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient. '

A special invitation-only ceremony will be held during GRAMMY Week on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, and a formal acknowledgment will be made during the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, which will be held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 and broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. "

This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and hist…

Island Ignited Bee Gees’ Musical “Fever”

March 12, 2013

The lyrics to one of their 1976 hits ran “What you doin’ on your back/You should be dancing, yeah/Dancing, yeah …” and the following year the entire world was doing just that when three songs written by the superstar Gibb brothers in Bermuda topped the international music charts.

“Stayin’ Alive”, the Bee Gees’ theme song to the phenomenally successful movie ”Saturday Night Fever”, along with two back-to-back number one hits by teen sensation Robin Gibb were all composed at the Bermuda home of Australian-born impresario and entertainment entrepreneur Robert Stigwood.

The Bee Gees — brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb — had been managed by Mr. Stigwood since the 1960s when they first found fame as a pop act. The trio later released their singles and albums on Mr. Stigwood’s independent RSO Records label which he launched in 1973.

The groups’s career was resurgent in the mid-1970s; they had moved from pop songs and ballads marked by their soaring harmonies to a more rhyth…

update The Joy Of The Bee Gees at BBC december 19th 2014

The special documentary BBC is going to air about The Bee Gees this year. The program is called: The Joy of the Bee Gees and will be aired on the British BBC Four at 9 pm on 19th Dec 2014. (local British Time!) This is be followed by an hour long compilation of Bee Gees' performances and promos called Bee Gees at the BBC...and beyond - which features performances from 1967 up to 2001, including a recent discovery of World from Top of the Pops 1967, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart from Whittakers's World Of Music 1972 to an acoustic of To Love Somebody from The Late Show 1994.
The contributors:
Barry Gibb
Alexis Petridis Music Journalist
Bill Oakes Former Head of RSO
Billy Gaff RSO Agent
Vince Melouney The 5th Bee Gee
John Lydon Fan
Guy Chambers Record Producer
Gary Brooker Procol Harum
Mykaell Riley Record Producer
Steve Levine Record Produce
r Ana Matronic Scissor Sisters
Mike Quinn Bee Gees' Tour Compere 1968
Helen Walmsley-Johnson Journalist
Blue Weaver…

Andy Gibb, In the Shadow of the Bee Gees

Published: 3/5/2011
Teen idol Andy Gibb had a slew of hits in the late 1970s but struggled to emerge from the shadow of his older siblings. On what would have been his 53rd birthday, we take a look back.
Born March 5, 1958, Gibb grew up near Brisbane, Australia, the youngest son of Hugh and Barbara, working-class musicians who'd emigrated from Manchester, England. The Gibb parents encouraged their five children to pursue showbiz and Andy's three older brothers proved wildly successful.
Barry, Maurice and Robin – better known as the Bee Gees – would dominate the charts, first in the late 1960s as a soft rock act whose finely honed pop sensibilities won them comparisons to the Beatles (a band they often covered), and later during the disco era when their music was showcased in the film Saturday Night Fever. More than a decade younger than the oldest Bee Gee, Andy at once sought to emulate and distance himself from his successful brothers early in life, as their fame brought him unw…

wolfhound Mistletoe or "Missy"passed away

december 7th 2014

A few minutes ago our beloved wolfhound Mistletoe or "Missy" as she was always known, passed away. My father's last pet, she will be remembered as a loyal and beautiful soul who brought so much joy to us all for the past 8 years, she was Paddy's companion and practically reared Olly with us from a pup. R.I.P. Missy Love and best wishes to all,

RJ xx

Spencer Gibb in movie Hostage 2008

When Evan breaks into his drug dealer (Morgan's) house to find his stash he never expected to discover a woman scared and beaten and bound to a chair but as much as he tries to ignore the situation he quickly finds himself conflicted to either release the girl or to walk away making himself a hostage to the situation as well.

Spencer Gibb as Charlie
Gwendolyn Hanson as The lovely Daughter of Chief Superintendant Martins
Eileen vignoles as Emergency Operator
Executive Producer Amanda Zeigler
Produced By Amanda Zeigler, William J. Orendorff, and Spencer Gibb
Assistant Director Glen Moorman
Line Producer Sarah E Howell
Associate Producers
Tommy Rodriguez
Jen White
Tracie Laymon
Jess Haas
Original Music/Score by Stewart Cochran
Written and Directed By William J. Orendorff

BBC 4 the joy of the Bee Gees

'The Joy Of Bee Gees' tells the inside story of the band - seen as iconoclasts and outsiders. The band went from been child stars on the Australian variety circuit to be competing against the Beatles in the UK charts in the late 1960s. The band reimagined themselves in the 1970s, with a image that eventually saw them elbowed out of fashion. In the 1980s the band came back, as a strong writing force, penning songs for Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand and Diane Ross.
Classification: Documentary
Genre: Music
Status: New Series
Network: BBC FOUR ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Fridays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: December 19th 2014 bee gees fan fever

Maurice Gibb Discusses That Clive Anderson Show

You've heard about that Clive Anderson show on BBC One called Clive Anderson All Talk, the UK chat show where Barry Gibb took exception to some of Clive's comments and walked off the show, with first Robin and then Maurice following close on his heels. Until Bernie Quayle, of Manx Radio on the Isle of Man, managed to get some information about what happened, all of the Bee Gees were silent about that incident.

The following is a partial transcript of an interview CD called Come Home To Ellan Vannin: The Follow-Up, where Maurice Gibb discusses what happened. It is reproduced here by permission from Bernie Quayle. Enjoy!

Well, what about that Clive Anderson interview? Now, Barry and Robin were not that keen to have their comments recorded. So when it came to talking to Maurice about that thorny subject, I used a different approach.

Incidentally, Clive Anderson asked if I could toss a few questions in. Do you recognize this voice? [imitates Clive] "I think you're …

Children of the World mimics Main Course while pushing further into funky disco and falsetto-tinged R&B

The Gibb brothers’ trek to Miami’s Criteria Studios with legendary producer Arif Mardin gave birth to Main Course, a defining moment in the pop group’s transition from. The marriage didn’t last long. With only two albums produced by Mardin, the Gibb trio decided they could pull off the next set without the famed producer on their next set. They meticulously studied his studio tricks and quickly discovered the magic behind Criteria’s acoustics. Children of the World isn’t technically a major improvement over Main Course, nor is it a total knockoff. But the boys are surprisingly comfortable with their mirage of soulful EW&F funk and blue-eyed soul that they try to scoot away from their Beatles-ish songbook as best as they can.

Of course, “Love So Right” is the album’s finest ballad and still proves they are a Hallmark card away from being professional poets. Newly christened lead singer Barry Gibb squeals with his nasally falsetto with the confidence of Phillip Bailey, as he charges …

Col Joye remembers the night he discovered the Bee Gees

21 May, 2012 6:01PM AEST By Laura Bailey
Col Joye first met the Gibb brothers at a BBQ in the Gold Coast when they were just 13 and 14 years old. He knew immediately that he'd discovered something very special.
"I was just knocked out with the sound that they had so I recorded them the next day," he told Richard Glover of the experience. "It was kind of freakish how one harmony could suddenly go to the lead and the lead would go to the third and the third would go to the fifth... I was more than impressed."
The chance meeting was the beginning of a lifelong relationship between Col and the Gibbs, one that produced hits like Spicks and Specks and set them on their journey to London and three decades of worldwide hits.
Hear more of Col reminiscing about his experiences with Barry, Robin and Maurice including having them come and live with him for a year in the early days. Click below to listen
Bee Gees …

The Bee gees in Bern 1968

Die Bee Gees 1968 in Bern: Die Brüder Gibb geben ihr erstes Konzert in der Schweiz. Stundenlang harren die Fans aus, um ihre Idole zu sehen. Dass die Band im Gegensatz zu den Rolling Stones äusserst presse- und fernsehfreundlich sei [01:00], scheint die Journalistin am meisten zu beeindrucken. [«Antenne» vom 11. März 1968]

Robin Gibb the George Harrison of the Bee Gees

By Steve Horowitz18 November 2014

Robin Gibb was the George Harrison of the Bee Gees. He was the quiet one who stood in the background while his siblings Barry and Maurice (and later Andy) received the bulk of the attention. Robin’s distinctive warbling on songs such as “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, which he co-wrote with his brother Barry, revealed his vocal and lyrical talents. But Robin may be the least known and celebrated of the brothers Gibb.

Like Beatle George, Robin died too young. Cancer killed him back in 2012 when he was 62 years old. His career with the BeeGees is well-known, but Robin’s solo work never fared well in the United States. (The British / Australian sold best in Germany for some reason.) Robin’s last record has just been issued. Most of the songs on the 17-track 50 St. Catherine’s Drive were recorded between 2006 and 2008, but never released. The material was compiled by his wife Dwina Gibb and son R.J, who also co-wrote three songs on the album. Dwina wri…

Andy Gibb: "I'm Tired of Running Around..."

"I haven't exactly led the most typical or understated life in the world," says Andy Gibb with typical British understatement. The world's number one male singer has lately been doing some thinking and re-evaluating of his much-chronicled, frenzied lifestyle. There's a new Andy Gibb emerging - with some major surprises in store for his millions of fans.

First, there are the girls. Andy has already been married and divorced and he is a father, although he declines to discuss his past. He has dated countless girls, mostly blondes. "I like all females," he grins, "but I admit blondes have a certain attraction for me. However, my ideal girl could just as easily be a brunette or a redhead - anything but bald," he laughs during one of his SRO concert tours. Susan George, Andy's former flame, is now his best friend and he is coming to respect girls as friends.

He declares, "When I was a teen I was scared of girls. All boys are, really, onl…

Lulu: Why I had to dump Bee Gee husband Maurice Gibb over his drinking

Sixties pop icon Lulu has told how she had to dump Bee Gee ­ex-husband Maurice Gibb over his heavy drinking.
The celebrity couple wed in 1969 after a whirlwind affair, then split just four years later when Maurice’s rock and roll lifestyle started to take its toll.
Now, 39 years on, Lulu has admitted they should never have got married in the first place.
She and Maurice met ­backstage at Top of the Pops. She was 20, he was 19 and they fell for each other at once, marrying later the same year.
But Maurice, who died from a twisted intestine in 2003 aged 53, was battling alcoholism and it did not take long for cracks in the relationship to appear.
Lulu said in an interview for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: “We thought we were king and queen of the world and were fabulous.
Turbulent marriage: Lulu with then husband Maurice Gibb
“The drinking was a part of it but we shouldn’t have got ­married in the first place... we should have just had a romance.
“I decided it had to end. He didn’t want it to e…

"I've Never Paid My Dues!"Why Andy Gibb is Scared of Success

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"I've Never Paid My Dues!"
Why Andy Gibb is Scared of Success

"I don't have any degrees and I've had very little education really. I've gotten past the age where people said I was going to start wishing I'd gone back to school - and I still don’t' wish I had. My brothers and I only wanted to be musicians. We didn't want to be anything else, it's as simple as that. I wasn't interested in formal education, I was interested in learning only what I was interested in. I made it very hard on the school teachers … Actually, traveling has been a big education for me, more than anything else. It's important to find out what is going on in the world."

Now those are the words of a young man who seems to know exactly what he wants out of life, who's determined to seek his goal no matter how unconventional his methods are, whose driving ambition is his mainstay in life. Well, perhaps, …

Flashback: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers Take 'Islands in the Stream' to New Heights

By | October 29, 2014On this day (October 29th) in 1983, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers reached the top of the Billboard 100 chart with their now-iconic duet, "Islands in the Stream." Written by the Bee Gees (and later performed on their 1998 live album), the tune was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name and was meant to have a very different, more R&B sound. Co-writer Robin Gibb once told ABC News that he and his brothers originally wrote the song with Marvin Gaye in mind.

When Rogers got a shot at "Islands," he went in to record it solo — with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb producing — and just didn't click with it, he has admitted in several interviews over the years. Parton just happened to be at the same recording studio, so the two musicians tracked her down and approached her about turning the song into a duet. Thus was born an award-winning musical partnershi…

Has country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs gone disco?

Not exactly. But the multiple CMA and Grammy-award winning artist collaborated with Barry Gibb of “Saturday Night Fever” fame on one of the songs on his new album, “Music to My Ears.”

“There’s a whole lot more to the Bee Gees than what most people remember,” Skaggs told “I mean, just songs like, ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,’ ‘I Started a Joke,’ ‘To Love Somebody’–songs like that, I’m telling you, they are prime country songs.”
After hearing a song Gibb wrote, “Soldier’s Son,” Skaggs asked the author of “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive” to sing on his new album.

“I asked him just to think about it. I told him he didn’t have to give me an answer right now, but just think about if he’d be willing to come and sing on this record with me,” explained Skaggs. “Barry said, ‘I don’t have to think about it, I’m going to give you an absolute yes right now. I want to do it!’”
Gibb even fulfilled a childhood dream with Skaggs this past July. Before rehearsals for an unannounced show …

Heartache of the unknown Gibb sister who sang with the Bee Gees

Heartache of the unknown Gibb sister who sang with the Bee Gees
May 27, 2012 00:00
By Dominic Herbert
Lesley Evans, who turned down stardom, has buried three of her brothers who died premature deaths

She's the Bee Gee people have never heard of. The sister who sang with the band in their early days but turned down stardom.
Lesley Evans, 67, has always stayed in the background, away from the limelight loved by her legendary brothers.
Only the most die-hard Bee Gee fans know she exists.
But today she opens her heart to the Sunday Mirror for the first time about her anguish at the death of her younger brother Robin after losing his twin Maurice and ­youngest brother Andy too.
And she talks about her amazing memories of growing up in the Gibb family – and how she once saved Robin’s life. Holding a treasured photo of herself and the superstar, Lesley tells how her only ­surviving brother Barry Gibb, 65, called her to tell her Robin was dying of cancer.
“Just before he died, Barry rang and said …