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R.I.P. Ginger Baker

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TV show "Cucumber Castle" (1976) starring Bee Gees (Barry and Maurice Gibb) includes a guest appearance of Blind Faith with Ginger Baker on drums

Ginger Baker, legendary drummer of Cream and Blind Faith, passed at age 80.  He will be greatly missed.

Both Cream and Bee Gees were managed by Robert Stigwood in the late 60s and early 70s.  And so we can also see Blind Faith performing in "Cucumber Castle" starring the Bee Gees in their rare duo period.  (The concert footage of Blind Faith starts at around 43:00.)

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Happy 73rd birthday, Sir Barry Gibb!

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Barry Gibb in Japan, September 1973

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Happy 73rd birthday, Barry!

The photo on the right was taken in September 1973.  In Japan. 

Barry celebrated his 27th birthday as the Bee Gees kicked off their two-week tour of Japan that year.   On September 1, 1973, he did a concert with his brothers in Tokyo.

Another thing worth congratulating him for was the fact that his beautiful wife Linda was expecting their first baby - Stephen Gibb was to be born in December that year.

Later on, this period in their long and illustrious career was often referred to as "the pop wilderness years," but they remained as creative as ever, recording two albums: the legendary and yet-to-officially-released "A Kick In the Head Is Worth Eight In the Pants" and "Life In A Tin Can" which includes some of the best loved album tracks.

For more information on the four Japanese tours of Bee Gees, please check out our Bee Gees In Japan section.

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Barry Gibb recording with Keith Urban?

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Following Jason Isbell, Keith Urban now stated that he was in the recording studio with Barry Gibb!

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Barry Gibb recording with Jason Isbell?

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Jason Isbell with Sir Barry Gibb!
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Jason Isbell, arguably one of the finest singer-songwriters of alternative country and four-time Grammy winner posted the following (and the photo!) on his Instagram on August 14th, which started the whole world talking!

Today I got to sing with Barry Gibb. It was a great honor, and also terrifying because in order to sing with Barry Gibb, you have to sing. With Barry Gibb. At one point I had the high harmony part. He was standing right in front of me. Sir Barry Gibb. 

 

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{From the archives - 1968} Bee Gees talk to a reporter in New York, March 1968

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Bee Gees from Flip, 1968

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In the late 1960s, the five-piece Bee Gees, with Robin and Maurice Gibb still in their teens, were literally teen idols.  As such, they were extensively featured on the cover and pin-up pages of teen magazines in the U.K., States, and Europe - across the world for that matter.

This article, from a 1968 issue of U.S. teen magazine "Flip," is about their visit to the U.S.  They were in New York to do the Ed Sullivan Show.   Though this is but a short article, it gives us a glimpse of the Bee Gees to be in the years to come, with Barry, who would move to Florida in the decade that followed, already talking about his love of the sun, and Robin, who spent his free time during the Japanese tour, watching Japanese TV although he did not understand a word of it, revealing his interest in the small screen.   

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