Music identities in Port for funeral
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.
Sue Gudinski, Barry Bissell, and Patti Mostyn at Salsa earlier this year