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BARRIE McASKILL'S PEOPLE
The Bee Gees
Sample Head To Toe Assessment - Same" that guitarist Vince Melouney got left off the cover, since he
Vince Melouney, former Bee Gees guitarist
Amongst the audience were people like: Vince Melouney, Ana Gazzola, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Noone, Peter Foldy, Barry Manilow, Graham Bonnet, David Leaf, Andrew Sandoval etc. Good to see Sam next to Barry again during this concert, feeling well enough to perform again.
left: Two of my facebook friends met eachother at Barry's Hollywood concert: old friend of the Gibb family Peter Foldy and original first Bee Gees guitarist Vince Melouney. Peter" I was meeting Vince for the first time. right: Foldy and Vince Melouney: Bee Gees music brought them together. Vince Melouney (first original Bee Gees guitarist):
Vince Melouney and his wife Diane
In the meantime Vince Melouney became a Bee Gee as well as drummer Colin Petersen. Vince, at 22 was already recognized as one of Australia's premier guitarists when he left Australia in 1966 to go to England. He was working for Simca Motors in England when the Gibbs asked him to join. Actually Vince joined after Colin who had been busy with two careers already, music and acting. Problems arose for the group in the late summer of 1967 when the Home Office in England informed them that Vince and Colin would have to leave the country in September. Finally the pressure mounted so high that the Prime Minister intervened and declared the Bee Gees to be national property and Colin and Vince got their immigration documents. On June first 1968 Colin married his Joanne while Vince had gotten married in Australia earlier to Diane, they would separate later on. Finally it was Vince who left the group because he wanted to find his own musical identity. The other Bee Gees were busy writing music for The Marbles and in the fall they started working in the studio for the first time without Vince to record their fourth album which originally was named An American Opera, then it got named Masterpeace and it finally became the double album called "Odessa".
Vince Melouney was born August 18, 1945 in Sydney, Australia.
Early 1963 Vince Melouney heard all the new music coming over from England. His idea was to form a band influenced by this new sound and at the same time creating something unique in Australia. Vince Melouney and Tony Barber left BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS in 1965 to form VINCE & TONY'S TWO . At this time Vince also started to work as a session guitarist. Vince Melouney and Tony Barber left BILLY THORPE & THE AZTECS in 1965 to form VINCE & TONY'S TWO . At this time Vince also started to work as a session guitarist. During the summer of 1965 Vince Melouney joined TONY WORSLEY & THE FABULOUS BLUE JAYS , recording one album and touring throughout the country. Early 1966 Vince Melouney formed his group, THE VINCE MELOUNEY SECT . Their first single release was a moderate hit, especially in the Melbourne area, and was followed by a four track maxi single. The final release was a solo single by Vince, produced by Nat Kipner. In October 1966 Vince headed off to London to further his music career. Through the EASY BEATS (who were also in London at the time) Vince heard that the Gibb Brothers were in town and made contact. He was asked to join them and their drummer Colin Petersen in their recording sessions. Once the album "Bee Gees First" had been completed Vince Melouney became the official 5 th member. THE BEE GEES proved with their second album that they really had become a tight unit. The overall sound was much heavier and Vince Melouney's lead guitar was used more prominent on several songs. Vince stayed with THE BEE GEES till the end of 1968 and was part of the worldwide success of the group. After the release of "Idea" Vince Melouney felt that his guitar playing wasn't needed any longer. He wanted to add more rock'n'roll to the music but the brothers wanted to include more ballads. In the end Vince left THE BEE GEES but agreed to play on a few songs for the new album. Vince Melouney started recording a solo album, which was announced in the music press as "Maiden Voyage", however was never completed. Vince took the job, however it did not work out due to musical differences. Vince put together a hard rock supergroup and signed a recording deal with MCA Records. Vince Melouney accepted an invitation from the New Zealand band THE CLEVES for an Australian tour. Thereafter he played the Melbourne Circuit with his band FLITE . Vince briefly joined BARRIE McASKILL'S PEOPLE as a band member before accepting an offer as Musical Director of the NEW SEEKERS for their English tour. After several years of pursuing some of his other passions in life, In 1980 Vince returned to Australia to record and tour with JOHN PAUL YOUNG . Vince got involved in the Film & Advertising Industry in Sydney writing and producing music until he moved to Queensland in 1990. Live performance once again became a major part of his life. Apart from touring with his show throughout the country, Vince has been invited over recent years to perform at important music events, such as : "Covers" Album by Vince Melouney was released in 2004. New Album will be released by early 2006.