Robin Gibb

Remembering Robin Gibb Five Years After His Death

Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, passed away five years ago today.

Born on the Isle of Man to Hugh and Barbara Gibb, he and his family moved to the family later moved to Manchester prior to settling down in Redcliffe in Brisbane, Australia.

Along with brothers Barry and Maurice, Robin formed the Bee Gees. Gibb played keyboards, piano, organ and Mellotron, as well as acoustic guitar. Upon returning to England, the group found international success, with record sales estimated to be over 200 million. His voice has been described as “one of the best white soul voices.”

Robin Gibb also launched a successful solo career. On March 19 1969, he officially announced that he would be leaving the Bee Gees (it was the same day that the group recorded “Tomorrow Tomorrow”, and became the group’s first single without Robin.) He found a #2 hit in the UK hit with “Saved by the Bell”, selling over one million copies and reaching Gold status. He also produced an instrumental piece inspired by the Apollo 11 moonshot featuring a 97-piece orchestra and 60-piece choir for ‘astral effects.’

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Honky Chateau

Elton John’s Honky Chateau Turns 45

Elton John‘s Honky Chateau was the singer’s first of seven albums in a row to go #1.

Released on May 19 1972, John’s fifth studio album was titled after the 18th century French chateau where he recorded (‘Château d’Hérouville.’)

It’s still regarded as a classic album today: Rolling Stone ranked it #359 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

To celebrate the anniversary, we’re looking at the album track-by-track:


“Honky Cat” – 5:13

“Honky Cat” reached the Billboard top 10 when released as a single, but only reached #31 in Britain. It’s still hard to escape this song when listening to the radio today!

“Mellow” – 5:32

A song about, um, bedroom escapades, and the feeling of nirvana that follows. According to our statistics, thousands of babies were made to this track.

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Townshend

Pete Townshend’s 10 Greatest Guitar Moments

The Who‘s Pete Townshend turns 72 today.

The band’s career has spanned over 50 years, and proved themselves to be one of the most influential groups of the 20th century.

As a musician, Pete has solidified his place as a guitar God with his insane dexterity and an ear for marvelous melodies.

To honour the legend, we look at ten of his songs that truly showcase his incredible work on the six string:

10. “Pictures of Lily” (1967)

There isn’t a guitar solo to be found in “Pictures of Lily”, but the brash fun riff serves as the backbone for Keith Moon and John Entwistle to build around it.

9. “A Quick One (While He’s Away)” (1968)

Chalk full of power chords and tinny guitar plucks, Townshend is in fine form on this classic Who track.

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May Two-Four

The Ultimate May Two-Four Playlist

May Two-Four weekend is almost here!

Whether you’re at the cottage sipping a cold one on the dock, or hanging out in the comfort of your own home, one thing is for certain: this weekend is made for relaxing.

We asked the MusicVaultz community what their favourite long weekend songs were. We received over 850 submissions!

Big thanks to Chris M. from Hamilton, ON, who was drawn as the winner of our May Two-Four prize pack featuring a BBQ, wireless speaker, tent, and more!

His recommendation kicks off 20 songs that are essential for May Two-Four:

Kim Mitchell – Go For Soda

Submitted by: Chris M., Hamilton ON

The Tragically Hip – Bobcaygeon

Submitted by: Justin D., Welland ON

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Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell Remembered By Fellow Artists

We’re shocked and saddened by the news that Chris Cornell has passed away at age 52.

As frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell is considered one of the pillars of grunge music’s meteoric rise to international recognition.

Support from fellow artists has been pouring in.

Take a look at the kind words from Elton John, Jimmy Page, Nile Rodgers and more:

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