Whitby's Alistair Griffin to release special collection of songs in memory of The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb

Whitby singer and songwriter Alistair Griffin is to release a special collection of songs in memory of his musical mentor, Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb.

By Duncan Atkins
Thursday, 12th May 2022, 1:23 pm

Alistair, who grew up in Castleton, has today announced plans to release a collection of songs, both digitally and on CD, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Gibb’s passing.

The collection of songs, described as a tribute to the Bee Gee, will also feature an unreleased track, co-written by Alistair and Robin, called Forever Today.

The tracks will be released on May 16 – ten years after Robin passed away, aged 63, after a courageous cancer battle.

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Whitby's Alistair Griffin on stage with Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb.

Alistair first came to the attention of Bee Gees fans in 2003 when Robin was a judge on the BBC’s Fame Academy.

Robin championed him throughout, regularly praising his voice and delivery. In fact, he was so impressed, he invited Alistair - who reached the final of Fame Academy that year - to duet on a re-recording of a Bee Gees song, My Lover’s Prayer.

Released as a double A-side single with Alistair’s own composition Bring It On, it went on to reach Number 5 on the UK singles chart.

Alistair also went on the road with Robin, performing My Lover’s Prayer alongside him on the Magnet Tour of Germany in 2005.

Alistair said: “Getting to work with Robin was an amazing experience - not everyone gets to write with a Bee Gee.

“Forever Today is one of my most treasured songs.

"It’s sat unreleased and unheard for years and now I think it’s time for people to hear it.”

The poignant Forever Today was intended as the title track of a film but, in the end, the director decided not to use it.

Instead, it has remained unreleased and unheard, apart from a demo version teased on Alistair’s Facebook page.

But now it’s to get the public airing it deserves – and it’s hoped Bee Gees fans will rally behind this collector’s item as Robin’s wonderful words and music are heard again.