TRIBUTE TO BEE GEES IN
By Alex Mitchell - May 29, 2004 - Sydney
Bob Carr and
Col Joye perform in honour of the Bee Gees.
Photo: Danielle Smith
Premier Bob Carr
and the Bee Gees go back a long way.
In the swinging '60s when the budding politician lived at Robey Street, Matraville, the
Gibb brothers - Barry, Robin and Maurice - were practising their music five kilometres
away at 171 Bunnerong Road, Maroubra.
The bookish Mr Carr went on to become the local MP, then Premier, while the Bee Gees went
on to write such hits as Stayin' Alive and I Started A Joke and grow into
On Friday, Mr Carr put down a book on contemporary global politics to pick up an electric
guitar and celebrate his enthusiasm for the music of the Bee Gees, especially his all-time
favourite album Saturday Night Fever.
He turned up at the Gibb family's old three-bedroom, California-style red brick bungalow
to unveil a plaque to honour their stay in Maroubra between 1963 and 1966.
He and rock'n'roll great Col Joye, who helped discover the Bee Gees and put them on the
road to recording fame, performed an impromptu duet in front of the Delgado family, who
have lived in the home for the past 10 years. A recording contract? Joye's brother,
impresario Kevin Jacobsen, listened cautiously to the Col and Bob harmony before shaking
his head: "I don't think so."
The Bunnerong Road house is the first site in the Government's historic plaques program,
which will see 10 plaques unveiled on the Australia Day weekend in January next year.
"The Bee Gees are part of our nation's musical history and they deserve this
honour," Mr Carr said.
"We have some of the world's most colourful characters and they should be
acknowledged in our history."
What particularly delighted the Premier was that Barry Gibb, who lives in Miami, approved
the wording of the inscription which reads: "The Bee Gees - Barry, Robin and Maurice,
along with younger brother Andy Gibb - lived here between 1963 and 1966. The band was
formed in 1958, signed its first record contract in 1963 in Sydney and became the most
successful musical act in Australian history."
The plaque unveiling will do nothing to damage the value of the former Bee Gees residence,
which is for sale.
Real estate agent Nick Panovski of Ray White Maroubra said the price was in the $800,000
range and he had not excluded the possibility of an offer from the surviving brothers
Gibb, Barry and Robin.
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