GEES FIND WHO HAD THEM IN HIS SHOW"
by Anne Marie
Transposed by Anne Marie
It must be abit of a bring down for 20 year old Trevor Gordon, the fair-haired half of Robert Stigwood’s new discovery, Marbles.
There he was in Sydney for five years with his own weekly Tv show, a big national star who occasionally appeared with the young Gibb Brothers, and once had them as special guests on his show. In fact, be the truth known he was probably more popular than the Bee gees. Now he’s back in England, virtually unknown, with the Bee gees towering over him from their Big Star pedestals.
But that worries him not in the least!
“When Graham Bonnet wrote to me in Australia asking me to join his group back hone in Skegness, it never occurred to me to contact Barry Gibb, who was a very good friend of mine.
“In fact it was quite by chance that we got a booking in London’s Revolutionary Club. Barry was there and saw us, and from that night came Marbles and our new manager, Robert Stigwood.
“I first met the Bee Gees shortly after I emigrated to Australia with my parents in 1961. They’d just made their first record … and the main thing that struck me was how small they were! They were about 14 and I was 13, but Maurice and Robin were even tinier than me!
“We were both sort of novelty acts as we were so young and used to meet on the ‘Johnny O’Keefe Show’, Australia’s ‘Top Of The Pops’
“I got very friendly with them and used to visit their house. Maurice was a fanatic for home made magic and spent hours showing me all his new tricks. Also were all mad keen on making home movies in which we all starred with a tiny girl singer called Little Pattie.
“The most amazing thing to me is that the Bee Gees have not changed at all over the years, despite their dizzy rise to fame. Barry’s still the organised one. He’s the business mind of the group and used to have most of his time taken with keeping the other two in order.
“I don’t think their music has changed much either. They’re like the Beatles and Bob Dylan – you can always recognise their songs.
“I wasn’t surprised when they decided to come back to England. Australia is a terrible drag scene for pop. You have to play cabaret all the time, and the bands are awful.
“I also knew Vince and Colin quite well before they ever joined the group. I’d met Colin on the famous ‘Johnny O’Keefe Show’ when he was the star of ‘Smiley’, and Vince used to play with a group called the Aztecs.
“But when Graham and I formed the group which we called Bonar Law after an unknown British Prime Minister, I never thought of ‘bludgeoning’ the Bee Gees to take an interest in us. It’s what you do yourself that is important and we were determined to make it on our own.
“But as things have turned out we’re back with the Bee Gees again, and very happy about it too! They wrote and produced our single ‘Only One Woman’ and Maurice even played piano for us!”
Graham Bonnet, the other half of Marbles has been left well in the shadows when it comes to the ‘old pals’ bit.
“I never knew the Bee Gees before Trevor introduced me, and I confess to never having been a particular fan of theirs. But I’m dead chuffed at what they did with the record.
“It was Barry who thought of the name Marbles, so we’ve got that to be grateful for!”