Robin Gibb 1949 – 2012


British born, Australian singer Robin Gibb has died.

Robin enjoyed a musical career spanning six decades, from humble beginnings in the 1950s singing with his brothers in cinemas, to his recent first classical venture, The Titanic Requiem, penned with his son Robin-John.

Gibb was too ill to attend the April 10 premiere, where he had been due to perform the song Don’t Cry Alone.

“It’s not about how complicated music is; it’s about how simple and relative to the human spirit it is,” Gibb said on his new composition.

Robin’s twin Maurice died in 2003. Robin’s death leaves Barry as the only surviving brother of the Bee Gees.

Theirs was the music which backgrounded my teens and twenties.



Hard and fast, hands only, no kissing


A British Heart Foundation campaign to bring CPR to the masses has gone viral thanks to its star footballer-turned-Hollywood-tough-guy, Vinnie Jones.

The message is simple – hands only, no kissing, lock your hands together, push down five or six centimetres, hard and fast about two times a second which handily is to the ryhthym of the Bee Gees hit song, Staying Alive.

The 3 News video on the story is here.

P.S. – the British video says dial 999. In New Zealand, of course, it’s 111.



Maurice and Robin Gibb were born 60 years ago today.

UPDATE: For something completely different, check out The Heebeegeebees’ Meaningless Songs at Quote Unquote.

September 1 in history


On September 1:

1653 German composer Johann Pachelbel was born.

1933 US singer Conway Twitty was born.

1939 World War II  began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

1939 US actor Lily Tomlin was born.

1946 English singer Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, was born.

1951 The Anzus Treaty, a mutual defense traty, was signed between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

1991 Uzbekistan declared its independence from the USSR.


Sourced from Wikipedia.

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