The day the music died

If Don McLean could write a smash hit about the death of Buddy Holly, I can at least do a blog post about the death this morning of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

The Bee Gees were hardly the most fashionable of pop groups among the cool kids, either at the time or now.  But I reckon I Started a Joke is still one of the greatest and most moving pop songs of all time (albeit a bit corny for some tastes).  Even if schmaltz isn’t your schtick, you’d have to agree he had an extraordinary voice and it’s showcased here to perfection. RIP Robin Gibb.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Yobbo
Yobbo
9 years ago

A great example of the benefits of teetotalling and a vegan diet – dead from cancer at 62.

Pedro
Pedro
9 years ago

Framed in our boardroom is what could be their first recording contract. It’s certainly pretty old. Somebody found it in the safe-custody boxes.

Alphonse
Alphonse
9 years ago

I must be a cool kid

Polybius
Polybius
9 years ago

These things are so much a matter of chance – I was 15 when Saturday Night Fever was released and got thrashed and thrashed and thrashed…

All that falsetto discoing gave me the pip.

I’m sure the BeeGee’s had their virtues but Hollywood marketing has turned me into a bit of a bigot on that subject…