Bee Gee Twins Birthdays!

Two of my favorite musicians from one of my favorite bands celebrate their birthday today! 

First I honor the eldest, Robin Gibb. This iconic photograph was requested by Robin, while he had his shirt off. It's a long story, and I'm just thankful to have been the only photographer backstage. I'll just say that if a different photographer had been back stage this photograph would not have been shot.  It is one of my all-time favorites. And as of the early hours of yesterday I am now able to identify the gentleman taking Robin from behind as Canadian promoter Donald K. Tarlton! (thanks to Martin Melhuish)

 
 

ROBIN GIBB
12/22/49 - 5/20/12

Now for Robin's little brother, Maurice, who arrived 35 minutes after Robin. The prankster of the trio and the subject of my must-read recent post, Package Wars, Maurice was the multi-instrumentalist in the Bee Gees playing bass, keyboard, guitar and percussion.

 
 

MAURICE GIBB
12/22/49 - 1/12/03

I spend a lot of time, as in whatever it takes to find a video that fits with my post. Today was at least a half hour and I'm so happy to have found this bared down version of I've Gotta Get A Message To You. The three brothers alone on the stage, sitting close together with just two guitars and their beautiful voices.

Happy Birthday, Robin and Maurice, wherever you are.


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