Tribute to Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

BGsDescribed as “talented beyond even his own understanding” and “one of the important figures in the history of British music”,  Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees sadly passed away 20 May 2012 following a lengthy battle with cancer. With their trademark falsetto harmonies, the Bee Gees helped turn disco into a global phenomenon with hits including Stayin’ Alive and Night Fever, which featured on the soundtrack of the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta.The Bee Gees sold more than 200 million records and notched up dozens of hits during a career spanning more than half a century.

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The three Gibb brothers made their earliest performances at local movie theatres in Manchester in 1955, singing between shows.After emigrating to Australia with their parents, the Gibb brothers returned to England in the mid-1960s to further their singing careers. Their early recordings, including dramatic hits such as Massachusetts (1967), drew comparisons with the Beatles. The trio reached the Top Ten with I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You and I Started a Joke (both 1968) but split briefly after the relative failure of their concept album Odessa (1969). They reunited in 1970 and had hits with Lonely Days (1970) and How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (1971).

They returned to the charts with Main Course in 1975 – in which they produced a new sound – the emphasis being on dance rhythms, high harmonies, and a funk beat, this propelled The the Bee Gees to the forefront of the disco movement, which their work on the sound track album of the film Saturday Night Fever (1977) would popularise and define. Subsequently, they became among the most successful vocal groups in rock and roll history, and went on to sell more than 200 million albums. Gibb and his brothers seemed to have a natural talent that allowed them to write hit songs with ease and this helped them become the first and only songwriters to place five songs in the Top Ten at the same time, and the song Jive Talkin’, became their second American number one single, and was followed up with Nights on Broadway and then the album Children of the World, which yielded the hits You Should Be Dancing and Love So Right. Their success was not limited to recordings issued under their own name either. Individually and together they’ve also written and produced major hits for artists including Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, as well as Frankie Valli. In 1997 the band was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ray Manzarek (the Doors)

The_Doors_of_Perception_by_cheapexposureRay Manzarek, American keyboard player with The Doors sadly passed away 20 May 2013. The Doors were formed In the summer of 1965, when, after graduating from the UCLA. Morrison and fellow UCLA student Ray Manzarek formed the group during that same Summer of 1965. after meeingt months earlier as fellow cinematography students. Thereafter, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger auditioned and was then added to the lineup. All three musicians shared a common interest in the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s meditation practices at the time, attending scheduled classes, but Morrison was not involved in this series of classes, claiming later that he “did not meditate”. The Doors took their name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception (a reference to the “unlocking” of “doors of perception” through psychedelic drug use). Huxley’s own title was a quotation from William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, in which Blake wrote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

The Doors achieved national recognition after signing with Elektra Records in 1967. The single “Light My Fire” spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July/August 1967. Later, The Doors appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, a popular Sunday night variety series that had introduced The Beatles and Elvis Presley to the United States. Ed Sullivan requested two songs from The Doors for the show, “People Are Strange”, and “Light My Fire”. Morrison also began writing poetry during his adolescence. At UCLA he studied the related fields of theater, film, and cinematography.He self-published two separate volumes of his poetry in 1969, entitled The Lords / Notes on Vision and The New Creatures. The Lords consists primarily of brief descriptions of places, people, events and Morrison’s thoughts on cinema., but The New Creatures verses are more poetic in tone.