|Birth name||Derek John Weaver|
|Also known as||Blue Weaver|
|Born||11 March 1947|
|Genres||Progressive rock, disco, folk, rock, soul, pop, Alternative rock|
|Labels||A&M, RSO Records, Immediate, Deram|
|Associated acts||Amen Corner, Fair Weather, Strawbs, Streetwalkers, Bee Gees, Pet Shop Boys, Lou Reed, Surprise Sisters, John Cougar Mellencamp, Andy Gibb, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Jimmy Ruffin, Chicago, Mott the Hoople|
Derek John "Blue" Weaver (born 11 March 1947, Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh rock keyboardist, session musician, songwriter and record producer.
A founder member of Amen Corner and its successor Fair Weather, Weaver replaced Rick Wakeman in Strawbs when he left to join Yes. Weaver was with the Strawbs during their most successful and critically acclaimed period where he played some notable mellotron and other keyboard sequences on their albums Grave New World and Bursting at the Seams . He left Strawbs in 1973, and toured with Mott the Hoople in the US tour. Queen were their support act. He also appeared with the Streetwalkers and session work followed, including work with the Pet Shop Boys. He also played behind the Bee Gees at the suggestion of his former Amen Corner colleague drummer Dennis Bryon, who had joined their backing band a year earlier during their successful 1975-79 period, taking in such highlights as "Jive Talkin'", "You Should Be Dancing" and the band's famous contributions on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.The three-piece backing band of Weaver, Bryon and the perennial Bee Gees sideman, Alan Kendall, played on the Bee Gees' albums Main Course , Children of the World , Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live and Spirits Having Flown . Weaver was credited as a co-composer on "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away", made a hit by the group's younger brother Andy Gibb. Weaver also co-composed the songs for Jimmy Ruffin's 1980 album Sunrise with Robin Gibb as lyricist, including the hit single, "Hold On (To My Love)".
Weaver composed the soundtrack for the film Times Square , again collaborating with Robin Gibb on Gibb's duet with Marcy Levy, "Help Me". As of 2009, Weaver was a director and supporter of The Music Producers Guild.
The Bee Gees were a music group formed in 1958, featuring brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful as a popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and later as prominent performers of the disco music era in the mid- to late 1970s. The group sang recognisable three-part tight harmonies; Robin's clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry's R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the mid- to late 1970s and 1980s. The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists. The Bee Gees have occasionally been referred to as the Kings of Disco.
Maurice Ernest Gibb was a British musician, singer, songwriter and record producer who achieved fame as a member of the Bee Gees. Although his elder brother Barry Gibb and fraternal twin brother Robin Gibb were the group's main lead singers, most of their albums included at least one or two songs featuring Maurice's lead vocals, including "Lay It on Me", "Country Woman" and "On Time". The Bee Gees were one of the most successful rock-pop groups of all time.
Amen Corner were a Welsh rock group, formed in late 1966 in Cardiff, Wales.
Mr. Natural is the Bee Gees' twelfth album, released in May 1974. It was the first Bee Gees release to be produced by Arif Mardin, who was partially responsible for launching the group's later major success with the follow-up album Main Course. The album's music incorporates more rhythm and blues, soul and funk and hard rock than their previous albums. The cover photograph was taken at 334 West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City by Frank Moscati.
"Night Fever" is a song written and performed by the Bee Gees. It first appeared on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever on RSO Records. Producer Robert Stigwood wanted to call the film Saturday Night, but singer Robin Gibb expressed hesitation at the title. Stigwood liked the title Night Fever but was wary of marketing a movie with that name. The song bounded up the Billboard charts while the Bee Gees two previous hits from Saturday Night Fever soundtrack were still in the top ten. The record debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at #76, then leaped up 44 positions to #32. It then moved: 32–17–8–5–2–1. It remained at #1 for eight weeks, and ultimately spent 13 weeks in the top 10. For the first five weeks that "Night Fever" was at #1, "Stayin' Alive" was at #2. Also, for one week in March, Bee Gees related songs held five of the top positions on the Hot 100 chart, and more impressively, four of the top five positions, with "Night Fever" at the top of the list. The B-side of "Night Fever" was a live version of "Down the Road" taken from the Bee Gees 1977 album, Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live.
Vincent Melouney (Maloney) is an Australian guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter best known as an official member of The Bee Gees from 1967 to 1969 during the group’s initial period of worldwide success.
Spirits Having Flown is the fifteenth album released by the Bee Gees. It was the group's first album after their collaboration on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album's first three tracks were released as singles and all reached No. 1 in the US, giving the Bee Gees an unbroken run of six US chart-toppers in a one-year period and equaling a feat shared by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. It was the first Bee Gees album to make the UK top 40 in ten years, as well as being their first and only UK No. 1 album. Spirits Having Flown also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and the US.
Main Course, released in 1975 for the RSO label, is the 13th album by the Bee Gees, and their last album to be released by Atlantic Records in the US under its distribution deal with Robert Stigwood. This album marked a great change for the Bee Gees as it was their first album to include mostly funk-influenced songs. It created the model for their output through the rest of the 1970s. It was the group's thirteenth album. Main Course was the first album to feature keyboardist Blue Weaver. The album cover with the band's new logo designed by US artist Drew Struzan made its first appearance here.
Children of the World is a 1976 album by the Bee Gees. The first single, "You Should Be Dancing", went to No. 1 in the US and Canada, and was a top ten hit in numerous other territories. It was the group's fourteenth album. The album was re-issued on CD by Reprise Records and Rhino Records in 2006. This was the first record featuring the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team which would have many successful collaborations in the following years.
Living Eyes is the Bee Gees' sixteenth original album, released in 1981. The Bee Gees turned away from the disco sound that was prominent on their work in the middle-to-late 1970s with this album. While it did not sell well in either the UK or the US, the album itself was a Top 40 hit in the majority of territories in which it saw wide release.
Fair Weather was a British rock band formed in 1970 by former Amen Corner guitarist and singer Andy Fairweather Low. They are best known for their track "Natural Sinner".
"How Deep Is Your Love" is a pop ballad written and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 and released as a single in September of that year. It was ultimately used as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. It was a number-three hit in the United Kingdom and Australia. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 on 25 December 1977, ended the 10-week reign of Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" and stayed in the Top 10 for 17 weeks, being the first song to spend 17+ weeks in the top ten since Chubby Checker's The Twist. It was also the longest song to be in the top ten in one run. It would hold the record until "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men. The single spent 19 weeks in the top ten after the introduction of Nielsen Soundscan in 1991 allowed singles to achieve longer runs on the charts. It spent six weeks atop the US adult contemporary chart. It is listed at No. 22 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. Alongside "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever", it is one of the group's three tracks on the list. The song was covered by Take That for their 1996 Greatest Hits album, reaching No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.
"Edge of the Universe" is a rock song by the Bee Gees, Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb from the album Main Course released in 1975, and also released as a B-side of "Nights on Broadway".
Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live is the first live album by the Bee Gees. It was released in May 1977. It reached No. 8 in the US, No. 8 in Australia, No. 1 in New Zealand and No. 2 in Spain.
"Mr. Natural" is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry and Robin Gibb. On 29 March 1974, it was released as a single and also released on the album of the same name in 1974. It was backed with a folk rock number "It Doesn't Matter Much to Me". The group's first single which was produced by Arif Mardin.
Spirits Having Flown Tour is the eighth concert tour by the Bee Gees in support of their fifteenth studio album Spirits Having Flown (1979). The tour began on 28 June 1979 in Fort Worth, Texas reaching a total of 38 cities before coming to a close on 6 October 1979 in Miami, Florida. It was their most lavish and successful tour during the height of their popularity following two straight number-one albums and six number-one singles and grossed over $10 million from 49 shows, as reported by Billboard by the end of its run. The tour was organized and promoted by Jerry Weintraub and Concerts West.
"Warm Ride" is a song written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, and recorded by the Bee Gees and during the 1977 Saturday Night Fever sessions in France. The Bee Gees original, if unfinished, recording remained unreleased until 2007 when it was mixed and included on a reissue of Bee Gees Greatest. The song was an outtake from the soundtrack.
"You Stepped Into My Life" is a song released by the Bee Gees in September 1976 on the album Children of the World. It was also released as the B-side of "Love So Right". Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb.
Dennis Bryon is a Welsh rock drummer from Cardiff, best known for his work with the Bee Gees from 1974 to 1979. He also worked with Amen Corner and co-produced Robin Gibb's 1983 album, How Old Are You?. Bryon released an autobiography about his years with the Bee Gees on 11 August 2015, called You Should Be Dancing: My Life with the Bee Gees. Dennis now tours with 'The Italian Bee Gees' along with fellow former Bee Gees' backing band musician Blue Weaver and former member of The Bee Gees Vince Melouney.
Sunrise is an album by American soul singer Jimmy Ruffin, it was released in May 1980 and was produced by Robin Gibb and Blue Weaver. The songs were co-written by Gibb either with Weaver and/or his brothers. This album was released in US, Netherlands, UK, Norway and Germany. The lead single "Hold On " reached top ten in UK and US.