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Happy 72nd birthday to Sir Barry Gibb!

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Barry Gibb in Hollywood Bowl (June 2014)
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Happy 72nd birthday to Sir Barry Gibb!

50 years since we first heard the Bee Gees sing 'Massachusetts,' which was such a big hit in Japan and the first single by an overseas artist to top Japan's national chart, we have been so fortunate to enjoy the glorious career of you and your brothers. 

The photo on the right is from the Hollywood
Bowl concert which took place in June 2014. 

A group of devoted fans flew across the Pacific Ocean to attend this very last concert of the Mythology Tour. 

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Bee Gees achieving strong sales in Japan - Part I

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"Bee Gees" sighting Part I - display at a CD store  in downtown Tokyo
(August 2018)

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We are so happy to let you know that various releases from Universal Music Japan to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of "Saturday Night Fever" are doing well.

SNF Sighitng in Tokyo: The photos on the right were taken by a fan at  Yamano Music Store in downtown Tokyo in mid-August.  They told the fan that the those CDs were selling well.

I have a personal memory about this particular store, too.  Back in early 1972, just before the Bee Gees's first Japan Tour, I walked into the store and was greeted by a huge poster of the Bee Gees, with a photo from the Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself photo shoot, hung on the wall.  That was a happy surprise.

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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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