On Time (song)

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"On Time"
Single by Bee Gees
A-side "My World"
Released January 1972
Format 7", 45 rpm
Recorded 21 October 1971
IBC Studios, London
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:00
Label Polydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
Writer(s) Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees B-side singles chronology
"Walking Back to Waterloo"
On Time
"Road to Alaska"

"On Time" is a song written by Maurice Gibb and recorded by the Bee Gees released in early 1972 as the B-side of the single "My World". The single was released as a double A in the UK, Mexico, Spain and in Yugoslavia. In Mexico, the song was released under the title "A Tiempo".[1] The song was released in 1971 in other countries like France, Germany and Italy.[2]

It was recorded on 21 October 1971 in London, the day that they finished the song "Alive", which is included on their ninth album called To Whom It May Concern. The swamp rocker "On Time" was one of Maurice's favorites, this being the first of three recordings he made of it. Maurice and guitarist Alan Kendall share a few tracks of acoustic and electric guitars, accompanied by Geoff Bridgford on drums and string arrangement by Bill Shepherd that should not fit in, but does. "On Time" was only available on vinyl until it was included in the 1990 box set Tales from the Brothers Gibb.[3]


Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1972, Mike Berry and Bob Saker cover the song from their album Drift Away was released in 1973 and also Maurice play bass on this song and the whole album.
  • In 1983, Maurice re-recorded "On Time" for the film A Breed Apart, but it was the 1972 Bee Gees recording that was used in the film. and the version sounds like a home demo with guitars and drum track. The several guitar tracks may include a contribution from Alan Kendall. And that version was recorded on Middle Ear, Miami Beach, Florida.[4]
  • In 2012, the song was performed by Steve Gibb during his father, Barry Gibb's, concert at the Hard Rock in Miami.


  1. ^ Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - A Tiempo (Mexico release)". 
  2. ^ Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - My World / On Time releases". 
  3. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1971". 
  4. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1983".