Nat Kipner, a producer, songwriter and entrepreneur who signed the Bee Gees to his Australian label Spin Records in the ’60s, has died aged 86.
Kipner, who died last week of congenital heart failure, produced the Bee Gees’ Australian hit single “Spicks and Specks” in 1966.
Kipner was also a writer on the 1978 U.S. No. 1 hit “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. He also ran a publishing company for children’s music, Nat Kipner Music.
His son Steve Kipner is a successful songwriter and producer, writing U.S. No. 1 “Physical” for Olivia Newton-John in 1981, and co-writing/co-producing U.K. No. 1 singles including “Genie In a Bottle” for Christina Aguilera, “These Words” for Natasha Bedingfield and “Fight For This Love” for Cheryl Cole, which reached the top in October 2009. He is also co-owner of the Phonogenic label.