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Happy birthday (belated), Vince Melouney!

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Young Bee Gees celebrating (?) with Vince Melouney (1967)
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August 18th was Vince Melouney's birthday!  He was the lead guitarist of the Bee Gees in their golden five-piece days!  (Belated) Happy Birthday to Vince!

Born in 1945, he is a year older than the eldest Gibb brother Barry, and has just turned 73.  And now the news reached us that he has updated his Sect, the band he was with in his Australian days. 

According to the tweet from The Vince Melouney Sect, Vince "will soon be performing The Bee Gees' sixties material along with a few of his pre-Bee Gees singles and a couple of his favorite nuggets"!

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{From the Archives - August 1969} "Robin Gibb Now" (Fabulous 208)

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Robin Gibb rowing on the cover of Fabulous 208
(August 16, 1969)

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It has been such a long, hot summer - and it is not over yet!  Stay cool and refreshed, every one.  We were looking for certain things, but while we did not find what we wanted, we found this in our files and piles. 

49 years ago this week, Robin Gibb was on the cover of the British magazine "Fabulous 208"  (August 16th, 1969).

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Japanese ”Ultimate" will come out again in October

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"Ultimate Bee Gees" will come out in October in Japan

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"The Ultimate Best of Bee Gees" will come out in Japan on October 17, 2018 as part of UMJ's campaign  to celebrate the "SNF" 40th anniversary in Japan.

The two-disc set with 41 tracks (with 'Melody Fair' included as the bonus track for the Japanese edition) is getting ready for re-release under UMJ; right now, we are busy working on the new accompanying booklet.

This is bittersweet because this website Bee Gees Days was set up in November 2009 in time for the Japanese release of the original "Ultimate" under Warner Music, with special support from Robin.   One of the very first articles in our News section (in Japanese) was about "Ultimate."  That was nine years ago and a lot of things, some extremely sad, have happened during the years that passed.  But as Sir Tim Rice wrote in the essay for "Ultimate," "Within this package is a collection of performances and songs that very few practitioners of popular music of the past could match for quality, originality, and emotion.  It's the singing, the harmonies, the arrrangements, the sound, the rivalry, the love, the intelligence, the determination, but above all, it's the songs."  Also, this new edition will come out in SHM-CD.

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Universal Music Japan commemorates the 40th Anniversary of "Saturday Night Fever" with BGs-related releases

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Universal Music Japan celebrates the 40th Anniversary
of "Saturday Night Fever" in Japan

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As reported earlier, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of the film "Saturday Night Fever" in Japan, Universal Music Japan brought out three Bee Gees-related released on July 11.

In the picture on the right, clockwise from top right: Special limited edition of "Saturday Night Fever" OST CD which includes a blu-ray disc of the movie, with the yellow obi-strip reproduced from the original release from the 1970s; "Saturday Night Fever" OST CD; and the Japanese edition of "The Very Best of Andy Gibb." 

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15 years on - Remembering Maurice Gibb

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Maurice Gibb in his late teens
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Fifteen years on...

And I'm facing a life
That I must go through
Remembering
(From "Remembering" by the Bee Gees)

After Maurice Gibb passed on January 12, 2003, the two remaining Bee Gees, Barry and Robin Gibb, were never reunited on a permanent basis.  Over the years we were fortunate enough to see them perform together on different occasions, but in essence the Bee Gees ended 15 years ago this month.

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