WILDWOOD
One Bad Thing
(Barry Gibb)
Australia 1971

Single on Dal Myles's Banner label. Also released in New Zealand on Interfusion.

Sydney band initially and briefly known as Judas, established in 1970 when Campbelltown-based Everybody's People re-formed with the addition of Hendrix-inspired guitarist Mick Willens and bassist Terry Stacey, both formerly with 21st Century Love Band and Port Jackson. Promoted as a Top 40 pop band, the live Wildwood showed more progressive influences, including Blood Sweat & Tears, Steppenwolf and Jethro Tull, with three members sharing lead vocals, a flautist and an organist.

After key personnel changes in 1972, Wildwood evolved into Afrika, an Afro-Motown band that continued for the rest of the decade. Meanwhile, bassist Terry Stacey joined The 69ers (aka Francis Butler's 69ers): his account of that band's complex history is at Milesago. Wildwood's Terry Stacey & Rob Van Beek were later in Tempest: see here for a connection with Marty Rhone's Denim And Lace.

One Bad Thing was the band's only released single. The B-side was High Above The Town, an original by flautist/vocalist Rob Van Beek.

Sources claiming the band is from New Zealand are in error.

For a detailed history of Wildwood, a nutritious slice of 70s Sydney music history, see Terry Stacey's Wildwood page.


RONNIE BURNS
One Bad Thing
(Barry Gibb)
Australia 1971
#12 Adelaide #45 Perth

Single on Festival, B-side of 1000 Years.

Melbourne singer Ronnie Burns emerged in 1964 as a member of Beatles influenced band The Flies, and went on to a successful solo career. After signing with Spin he benefited from his association with The Bee Gees, and he had several charting singles, usually with original songs by Australian songwriters.

For other Bee Gees compositions recorded by Ronnie Burns, see Coalman, Exit, Stage Right, and All The King's Horses.

Nowadays, Ronnie Burns lives in Tasmania, where he and his wife Maggie run the Appin Hall Children’s Foundation, their non-profit organization for children in crisis and distress.

From the 60s to the 90s, Ronnie hosted and produced several television programs, including his own creation, Prophecy & Prediction - Threat or Warning? In the late 90s he joined fellow music stars Russell Morris and Darryl Cotton to form Burns, Cotton & Morris. Along the way he ran an architectural and design company and wrote The Australian House Book.

In 2001, Ronnie was the subject of This Is Your Life, for which 2 million people tuned in to the Nine Network.

Reference: Ronnie Burns, official biography
Further reading
: Mile
sago's Ronnie Burns page. Wikipedia article on Ronnie Burns. Appin Hall Children's Foundation. Ronnie's books The Australian House Book and Prophecy & Prediction - Threat or Warning? at AbeBooks.

Photos: Colin Beard (top), Ronnie Burns.
THE FRESHMEN
One Bad Thing
(Barry Gibb)
UK 1971

Single on CBS (UK) by popular Irish showband known for their vocal harmonies. They had several hits in Eire in the late 60s and 70s.

Not to be confused with US vocal group The Four Freshmen.

Thanks to Gareth Jones.
Further reading
: The Story of the Freshmen at IrishShowbands.net. Freshmen Wikipedia entry.
Reference: The Irish Charts.
NEW HORIZON
One Bad Thing
(Barry Gibb)
UK 1971

Single on Bell label.

New Horizon was a project of session musicians Bob Saker and the ubiquitous Tony Burrows, both of whom provided vocals.

References, further reading: 1. Melinda Bilyeu et al, The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb, (2001) p. 444. 2. Hiroshi Asada, at his Tony Burrows site, credits Burrows as producer and lists other band personnel.

BARRY GIBB
One Bad Thing
(Barry Gibb)
USA 1970
Original version

Single on Atco label. (Pressed but not released, although a promo copy was distributed to radio stations, at least in Canada: perhaps elsewhere too?)

The song was part of a solo album project by Barry Gibb, the eldest Bee Gee. The release of the album was cancelled in favour of a Bee Gees group album, and the single was apparently pressed by Atco but never released. Instead, the Bee Gees' single Lonely Days (#3 USA) and the album 2 Years On were released, marking something of a reunion and reconciliation after time spent on solo projects.

The song was also recorded by the Bee Gees in London in 1969, also unreleased.

The original copyright of the song includes Maurice Gibb as a co-composer, although the released versions credit Barry alone.

References, further reading: 1. Melinda Bilyeu et al, The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb, (2001) pp. 293-4, 444-5. 2. Annotated Bee Gees discographies for 1969 and 1970 at Joseph Brennan's Gibb Songs.

Thanks to Sven Forsberg.

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