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Bee Gees : working with the best

(By JOHN DUPONT,  October 6, 2005)
PRAIRIEVILLE -- Local musician and producer Harold Cowart has thought about Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb a lot lately.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the 1980 Grammy-winning album, "Guilty." The record was the first by Streisand and Bee Gee Gibb.
Cowart spends most of his time these days operating his own local production company, Bluff Road Studio.
He worked with an array of artists, including John Fred and the Playboys, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Al Hirt, Olivia Newton-John, Frankie Valli and Brook Benton.
He fondly remembers the sessions working on "Guilty," which included three hit singles -- "What Kind of Fool", "I Am a Woman in Love" and the title cut.
"I knew we were cutting hits when we did the album," Cowart said. "It's Barbra Streisand we'…

The Elephant in the Living Room Spencer Gibb tiptoes atop 54 Seconds

by Margaret Moser aug 2007 (l-r) Drummer Jeff Botta; keyboard player Stewart Cochran with Spencer Gibb; Cochran, Gibb, and Rachel Loy. The whole of 54 Seconds may be greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts are quite prolific too. Photo by Todd V. Wolfson "The elephant in the living room" is one of Spencer Gibb's favorite phrases. He uses it liberally and applies it to numerous situations. It's also an apt metaphor for his life as the son of the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb.

Growing up famous comes with no guarantees, much less an instruction booklet. There's only so much DNA will do for you in a world littered with the unrealized talents of famous progeny. For Gibb, the path is no less hard, but at least he gets knowledgeable parental advice.
That's good, because as founder and creative force behind 54 Seconds, he needs it. 54 Seconds play quality pop-rock, but they've been the "next big thing" so many times, the phrase is meaningless.
Yet 54 Se…

Bee Gees influence on David Bowie`s Space Oddity !

Released on the Philips label 45 years ago ,July 11, 1969, it was described by Melody Maker’s Chris Welch as a “Bee Geeian piece of music and poetry,” while Disc And Music Echo’s Penny Valentine noted how “Mr. Bowie sounds like the Bee Gees on their best record – New York Mining Disaster”. Like "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "Space Oddity" is about a trapped man who is doomed to die, and the song is similarly structured as a series of statements addressed to another person. "Space Oddity was a Bee Gees type song," Bowie’s colleague John "Hutch" Hutchinson has said. "David knew it, and he said so at the time, the way he sang it, it’s a Bee Gees thing." As Marc Bolan explained: "I remember David playing me 'Space Oddity' in his room and I loved it and he said he needed a sound like the Bee Gees, who were very big then". Here`s the original video of " Space Oddity"

R.I.P David Bowie


Bee Gees: Spencer Gibb talks about his godfather Robert Stigwood

Robert Stigwood grew up in Port Pirie and went on to manage some of the biggest names in music at the time – the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
891's Spence Denny spoke to Spencer Gibb (son of Robin) who pays tribute to Stigwood, his godfather who died on Tuesday.
Spencer tells Spence about the influence the South Australian had on his life

Bee Gees: Cheap Fakes land the real deal with producer John Merchant (2014)


 11 JOHN Merchant was writing for a magazine when he went out on a story that changed his life. He visited the Bee Gees at their studio in South Beach, Miami, realised that was where he wanted to be, and started as an intern, progressing to assistant sound engineer, engineer and producer. During the past 25 years, he has worked on more than 30 major label releases with the Bee Gees, not counting others with Barry Gibb. His list of notable clients also includes Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Cliff Richard, Paul Anka, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Ronan Keating, Lenny Kravitz, Toni Braxton, and R Kelly. And, if all goes well, the Cheap Fakes. Nashville-based Mr Merchant has been holed up at Barbara and Allan Pease's Heliport Sudios at Buderim since just after Christmas, working with the six-piece reggae-ska-funk fusion outfit on its third album - and loving it. "Some things are intangible," he said. "There are some studios that are incredibly good technicall…

Bee Gees: Barry Gibb about passing of Robert Stigwood

Barry Gibb issued the following statement:

 "Robert Stigwood was an enigma. A victorian figure cast into the sixties to work with Brian Epstein and The Beatles. He hitch hiked from Adelaide to London with a powerful vision to rule the entertainment world. 
He was almost aristocratic in nature, the mixture of talent and insight from the moment you met him was omnipresent.
 He signed us as his group at a moment in time when groups were no longer being signed.
 The odds against us having success was very high but Robert took an act of faith and against the advice of others, became our manager. 

He also became a member of our family and all the success we had was because of Robert Stigwood. On behalf of Linda and our family we wish you god speed. 
Every time the first of May comes around I will think of you and I will miss your phone call. 
We shared so many wonderful moments.

 I will never forget you my dear friend." 

Barry Gibb

Message Spencer Gibb about passing Robert Stigwood

I would like to share the sad news with you all, that my godfather, and the longtime manager of my family, Robert Stigwood, has passed away.
A creative genius with a very quick and dry wit, Robert was the driving force behind The Bee Gees career, as well as having discovered Cream, and subsequently managing Eric Clapton.

 He was also of course, the creator of the movies Saturday Night Fever and Grease, and many Broadway musicals with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. RSO Records pretty much defined the late 70’s.
 Of course, his biography is very extensive and can easily be found online…..I would like to thank Robert for his kindness to me over the years as well as his mentorship to my family. “Stiggy", you will be missed.

Spencer Gibb

Bee Gees : Robert Stigwood passed away

I am saddened to hear of Robert Stigwood's passing. 
He was the man who gave the Bee Gees the break they needed for success and international stardom. It was his efforts and the efforts of his colleague Brian Epstein, that allowed the Bee Gees and the Beatles to reach audiences the world over and to touch millions of hearts with their talent. 

 Rest In Peace Robert... 

 Robin John Gibb