Saturday, May 26, 2012

Vale Robin Gibb 1949 – 2012

Singer songwriter Robin Gibb passed away on 20 May, after a long battle with cancer. Robin, along with brothers Maurice and Barry, was a founding member of the iconic band the Bee Gees. With careers spanning decades, Robin and his brothers received many accolades, including induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the ARIA Hall of Fame. The Bee Gees are known for their skilled and soulful harmonies, in which Robin’s sweet and touching voice played an integral part.

Many have heard about the British-born brothers’ early years on the Australian pop music scene. However, few people are aware of their strong connection to Hurstville. The Bee Gees recorded a number of songs at the St Clair Recording Studio which was located on Queens Road, Hurstville. Eight of these were released on the Spin record label, including the now famous Spicks and Specks (which was their first real hit in Australia after years of failing to attain chart success in their adopted homeland). Robin’s death has sparked an outpouring of public grief and sympathy, especially in light of the untimely deaths of his brothers Andy (aged 30) and Maurice (aged 53). You can hear legendary Australian recording artist Col Joye talk about the Bee Gees’ early career in Australia, including their time in Hurstville here.

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