The Masters Apprentices

Members of the ARIA Hall of Fame since 1998, The Masters Apprentices formed in Adelaide, Australia, in 1965. The initial lineup featured vocalist Jim Keays, drummer Brian Vaughton, bassist Gavin Webb, and guitarists Mick Bower and Rick Morrison, and this version of the band scored a major Australian hit with its first single, "Undecided," which climbed to Number 13 in Australia. Following several notable changes in personnel, The Masters Apprentices released a self-titled debut album in 1967 and earned additional Top 40 hits with "Buried and Dead," "Elevator Driver," and "Brigette." A second album, Masterpiece, was released in 1970 and marked the band's turn toward progressive rock, followed by the Top 10 release Master's Apprentices in 1971. A Toast To Panama Red arrived one year later and and proved to be the band's first release for more than a decade, and The Masters Apprentices calling it quits in 1972. The group's classic lineup of Colin Burgess, Doug Ford, Jim Keays and Glenn Wheatley reformed in 1987 and released a new version of "Because I Love You," which became a Number 30 hit on the ARIA charts. The song appeared on the band's 1988 album, Do What You Wanna Do, and marked the band's final hit, with the group continuing to tour with various lineups for more than 30 years thereafter. Colin Burgess, the band's original drummer, died at 77 years old on December 6, 2023.

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