Frederick Colin Petersen (born 1946) known as Colin Petersen is an Australian drummer, record producer and former child actor. He played as a member of the bands Steve and the Board, the Bee Gees (1967 -1969) and Humpy Bong.
Colin Petersen began acting at seven years old and in 1955 at the age of nine, he starred in the film Smiley (released in 1956), with Ralph Richardson. He also starred in The Scamp (1957) and A Cry from the Street (1958). In 1958 he was forced to put his acting on hold because his mother felt it was interfering with his formal education. and, much later, Barney (1976). In 1958, before his mother brought him back to Australia, he was screen tested for the part of the young hero in Tiger Bay, but the part eventually went to the then 12 years old Hayley Mills, instead.
Colin Petersen attended the Humpybong State School while Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb did. Petersen was in Barry’s class, though they seldom crossed paths in any significant way. While at school he developed an interest in music, starting out on piano but switching to drums. After leaving school he played with several bands including Steve and the Board, and became acquainted with Maurice Gibb, who invited him to sit in on one of the trio’s sessions in Sydney. He ended up becoming friends with the family and ultimately played on as many as a dozen of the Bee Gees’ early Australian sides.