Mu­sic iden­ti­ties in Port for fu­neral

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­nette Sharp, Daily Tele­graph

LEG­ENDARY Aus­tralian mu­sic in­dus­try pub­li­cist and now Port Dou­glas res­i­dent Patti Mostyn was never go­ing to send her hus­band of 41 years, Eric Robin­son, off with­out a splen­did show.

And last week’s show – the event stag­ing pioneer’s last – his fu­neral – came at a high per­sonal cost to Ms Mostyn, who suf­fered a heart at­tack 48 hours be­fore her hus­band’s emo­tional farewell at Port Dou­glas.

Friends this week broke the news of Ms Mostyn’s health cri­sis as she re­cov­ered from an ex­haust­ing two month nurs­ing her ter­mi­nally ill hus­band, who died on Novem­ber 11 of can­cer.

Two months ago Mr Robin- son, 67, looked to have the up­per hand on the can­cer. Then a month ago the for­mi­da­ble one-time roadie learned the can­cer had moved to his brain and was in­op­er­a­ble.

Ms Mostyn, as Sydney’s sea­soned mu­sic fans will know, was the pub­li­cist who honed her craft first as Don Lane’s tele­vi­sion “Girl Fri­day” in the 1960s, be­fore work­ing for Harry M. Miller and learn­ing about staged mu­si­cal events in the 1970s on pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing Hair and Je­sus Christ Su­per­star.

Later she should would start her own busi­ness man­ag­ing public­ity for tour­ing acts like ABBA and Fleet­wood Mac be­fore go­ing on to work for some of the most fa­mous artists in the world in­clud­ing Frank Sin- atra, Bob Hope, Bette Davis, Lionel Richie, Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Mel Gib­son, Peter Weir, Char­lie Sheen and Sylvester Stallone.

Her most cel­e­brated pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship though, was with El­ton John, the client who be­came her friend and shop­ping com­pan­ion for 20 years be­fore the two fell out in dra­matic El­ton fash­ion.

Along the way, Ms Mostyn mar­ried Mr Robin­son, a roadie who be­came a mu­si­cal events stag­ing man­ager and later CEO of JPJ Au­dio and Jands Pro­duc­tion Ser­vices.

Guests at Mr Robin­son’s fu­neral, which was held at St Mary’s by the Sea, Port Dou­glas, last Wed­nes­day, in­cluded Jimmy Barnes, en­tre­pre­neur Michael Gudin­ski, Roger Davies (man­ager of Pink, Tina Turner), TV ex­ec­u­tive David Leckie and tour pro­moter Michael Coppel.

Mr Coppel gave a heart­felt eu­logy while Barnes sang Cold Chisel’s When The War Was Over, ac­com­pa­nied by a guitarist and Robin­son and Mostyn’s daugh­ter Tara, singing har­mony.

Video trib­utes came from Sting and El­ton’s man­ager John Reid.

The party then moved to Salsa Bar and Grill.

The in­de­fati­ga­ble Ms Mostyn, who went from Cairns Hos­pi­tal to the fu­neral, is re­cov­er­ing at the home the couple bought by the beach in Port Dou­glas and is on the mend fol­low­ing a har­row­ing couple of months.

Pic­ture: RE­BECCA EL­LIOTT

Sue Gudin­ski, Barry Bis­sell, and Patti Mostyn at Salsa ear­lier this year

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