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Happy Birthday To A Man Of Many Bands


Musician, songwriter and singer Beeb Birtles is 71 on the 28th of November.

Beeb was born Gerard Bertelkamp in Amsterdam and he came in Australia in 1959.

His first band was called Time Unlimited who became Down The Line and finally Zoot.

Other Zoot members included Daryl Cotton and Rick Springfield and the band's biggest hit was a cover of The Beatles Eleanor Rigby.

His next band was Mississippi, where he came across Graham Goble and Derek Pellicci.

While the band was performing in London they met ex-Axiom lead singer Glenn Shorrock and former Masters Apprentices bass player Glenn Wheatley.

In '75 Beeb, Graham, Derek and Glenn became Little River Band with Glenn Wheatley their manager.

Later that year Roger McLachlan and Ric Formosa joined and the band released their self titled debut album in December.

LRB had massive hits in the 70's like Reminising, Help Is On It's Way, Lonesome Loser and Cool Change.

In early '82 Glenn Shorrock left LRB and John Farnham was a surprise replacement.

In the 80's Beeb played on Little River Band hits The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, The Other Guy and Down on The Border.

Beeb left LRB in October '83 and moved into record producing.

In '92 he relocated to America and in 2000 released his first solo album Driven By Dreams.

For five years from 2002, he joined with Glenn Shorrock and Graham Goble to tour but the band could not use the name Little River Band as the rights to the name were owned by Stephen Housden.

Beeb and other long standing LRB members were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2004.

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