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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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{From the archives - March 1972} Bee Gees' 1st press conference in Tokyo from a tabloid

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March 1972 - A tabloid report from the first press conference
given by the Bee Gees

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March 1972 - Bee Gees were in Japan for the first time.  Here is a  short tabloid report about their first ever press conference in Tokyo.

Because the film "Melody" was such a huge hit in Japan in 1972, the article referred to them as "Bee Gees known for the film Melody." 

The Bee Gees known for the film "Melody" are touring Japan and gave a press conference at Tokyo Hilton on 22nd.

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45 years ago this week - 'Sea of Smiling Faces' was released as a single in Japan

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'Sea of Smiling Faces' was released as a single in Japan in December 1972

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45 years ago this week, the 'Sea of Smiling Faces' single was released in Japan.

In fact, Japan was the only country where the song was released as a single. It featured on the cover the photos of the three brothers from their Japan tour which took place earlier that year: Barry and Maurice from their very first Tokyo concert in Shibuya and Robin from the second Tokyo show at Budokan.   The single came out on December 5, 1972 as a follow-up to 'Run To Me'  from the album "To Whom It May Concern." 

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【On this day 43 years ago】Bee Gees in Yokohama, Japan

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Bee Gees in Yokohama - October 30, 1974

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43 years ago today, October 30, 1974, the Bee Gees played at Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan.

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[From the Archives - September 1973] Bee Gees Tokyo concert review (2)

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Bee Gees in Tokyo (September 1, 1973)
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Another concert review from the September 1973 tour of the Bee Gees through Japan.  

This one is also about the September 1, 1973 gig in Tokyo (where Barry Gibb turned 27 and the audience gave him flowers.)

My guess is this is from the Stereo magazine (November 1973 issue) because the clipping says it's page 457.  Not many music magazines have that many pages! 

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