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Ronnie Burns - Coalman (1967)

(Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb)
Australia Australia
#5 Sydney #5 Melbourne #8 Brisbane #8 Adelaide #3 Perth

Original released version.

Single on Spin label, released January 1967, double-sided hit in Sydney with All The King’s Horses, another Gibb brothers composition. Both sides of Ronnie’s next charting single, Exit Stage Right/In The Morning (1967) were Bee Gees compositions.

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.

Ronnie and his wife Maggie later ran 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: Milesago’s Ronnie Burns page. Wikipedia article on Ronnie Burns. Ronnie’s books The Australian House Book and Prophecy & Prediction – Threat or Warning? at AbeBooks.

Photos: Colin Beard (top), Ronnie Burns.
Thanks to Garry for suggestion.

The Bee Gees - Coalman (1966)

(Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb)
Australia Australia

Original unreleased version.

Unreleased at the time, but first appeared on the 1970 album Inception/Nostalgia on Karrussel label, and then on the 1998 Festival CD retrospective Brilliant From Birth.

Joseph Brennan, at his Gibb Songs website, notes that both sides of the Ronnie Burns single used the backing tracks from this session, recorded in June or July 1966.

For more about ‘songs the Bee Gees gave away’, there are several Bee Gees sites with useful discographies. See, for example, BeeGees World or Joseph Brennan’s Gibb Songs.