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Col Joye remembers the night he discovered the Bee Gees

21 May, 2012 6:01PM AEST

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.

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