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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HB, Butter!

Celebrating Paul Butterfield's 73rd birthday with four photos showing what's happening before you get to a concert.

PAUL BUTTERFIELD
12/17/42 - 5/4/87

Yup, Paul Butterfield killed it at Woodstock...

 
 

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Jane Vasey

Okay, I messed up yesterday when I didn't celebrate Jane Vasey's birthday. I take full responsibility for my mishap and am making up for it by turning her day into the whole weekend because she is one of the best blues pianists to ever grace this planet.

 
 

JANE VASEY
10/16/49 - 6/7/82

Sadly, she died at such a young age from leukemia.

This may be the only footage of her on youtube. Warning...don't try this at home...because you'll probably fail.

 
 

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Learn more about Jane and the other 47 musicians in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead.

Mighty Joe Young

The musicians have gathered around to celebrate this great bluesman on what would have been his 88th birthday. Join the party!

 
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MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
9/23/27 - 3/24/99

Why aren't there a ton of video performance of Mighty Joe on youtube? You have to sift through all the movie clips from the ape movie. I found this barely watched video (under 3000 views)...so sad that he's not as popular and highly regarded the way he should be.

 
 

Wreck Beach

Years and years ago I was shooting a musician in Vancouver. He picked me up and immediately said we should go to Wreck Beach. I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped into my lap. Not only was I very young at that time, I was also very self conscious and pretty much a prude. Oh, did I mention Wreck Beach is a clothing optional beach? In an effort to not look stupid so I think I may have said "Sure." On the inside I was freaking out. Why did he want to go to a naked beach? Eeww. Was he going to want me to shoot him naked? Is he expecting me to take my clothes off? How am I going to get out of this? I hadn't taken my clothes off in public since I was five years old.

The shoot was pretty awkward to begin with...well, at least for me. I first pointed my camera out to sea where I managed to take a shot of a woman who was dressed. Phew!

 
 

Then I saw a dude drying himself. He had his back to me, so the voyeur I had in me grabbed a few shots of him. I remember him being really old but now that I look at this photograph he was younger than I remembered him. I really dug that he put his boots on first.

 
 

Then it came down to facing the shoot I was hired to do. I told him I couldn't take my clothes off (more likely I made up some lie why I couldn't so I wouldn't look like a prude), and if he wanted me to shoot him naked it would have to be discreet. So I shot this...

 
 

And then there was that shot that ended up on the back cover of a national music magazine in Canada. I'm not sure where the original original slide is but here's the not-so-great-reproduction of the original...but I think I caught a great shot and it's pretty discreet. 

 
 

Truth be told, he was really cool about it and made me really comfortable and it turned out to be a really great shoot for both of us. 

And to all the people seeing/reading this that appreciate looking at hot guys, "You're welcome."