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Barry Gibb debuts at Opry

Monday, July 30, 2012 – Barry Gibb of Bee Gees fame made his Grand Ole Opry debut alongside good friend Ricky Skaggs on Friday.

At the end of Skaggs' introduction, Gibb walked on stage and was greeted by thunderous applause. Skaggs commented to Gibb, "You've played all over the world," and Gibb quickly replied, "Yes, but this is the center of the world - center of the universe musically, and I couldn't be prouder. And I'm standing in the circle," referencing the famed circle of oak wood where so many legends have stood and played.

Gibb and Skaggs started with an old Civil War song, When The Roses Bloom Again. Gibb followed it by pleasing the audience with two Bee Gees classic hits, To Love Somebody and How Do You Mend A Broken Heart, with Skaggs joining him on choruses. Gibb and Skaggs became fast friends the last few months as they worked together on Skaggs' upcoming album, "Music To My Ears," due Sept. 25.

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