Nat Kipner Dies

Nat Kipner. who signed the teenage Bee Gees in Australia to Spin Records in the ’60s, died of congenital heart failure. He was 86.

US-born Kipner was stationed with the US Army Air Corps in Brisbane during World War II.

He married a local woman and brought his family up there in the ’50s.

Aside from writing songs with the late Maurice Gibb and producing the Bee Gees’ first hit “Spicks And Specks,” Kipner ran labels including Downunder and Spin.

He later wrote the 1978 U.S. No. 1 hit “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams.