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Hacker record player once belonging to Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees

Date made: late 20th century

Maker: Hacker

Description: This 1970s Hacker record player once belonged to Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees pop group, the most famous musical stars yet produced by the Isle of Man.

The casing is covered in two tone black and cream vinyl, with plastic carrying handle. To one side are three cream plastic buttons (volume, treble, bass). There is a red and silver 'Hacker' logo to the front. Inside, the turntable itself is by Garrard. In its day, this was an item of some quality.

Maurice Gibb was born in the Isle of Man. He found fame with his brothers as the Bee Gees, but in the early 1970s in a low point of their career, the family returned to the island to take advantage of its low tax status. Maurice lived in a large house called Kidborough and was friendly with the donors of this item. The soundtrack of 'Saturday Night Fever' revived the fortunes of the band, and Maurice finally left the island for good around 1979/80. He then gave away a number of items to friends, including his record player.

Maurice Gibb died in 2003 in Miami Florida.

Materials: metal: iron, other, auminium, paint: other, plastic: other, polycinyl chloride, phenolic, wood: other, composite

Object name: record player

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 2009-0031

Subject tags : #MM100COLLECTIONS


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