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The Loss of a Master Called Jim

The lead singer with Aussie rock band The Masters Apprentices, Jim Keays, died on the 13th of June 2014.


Jim was born in Glasgow Scotland and came to Australia just before turning five when his parents migrated to Australia in 1951.

The Keays family settled in Adelaide and young Jim's interest in music began when he was 11 after hearing Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In the mid 60's Jim joined the instrumental surf band The Mustangs, who then changed their name to Masters Apprentices.

The band's first single Undecided was released in 1966 and reached the Top 20.

The band released further hits including Because I Love You and Turn Up Your Radio.

By 1972 the band had broken up and Jim had embarked on a solo career.

During the 70's, 80's and 90's Jim released new material and toured either as a solo artist or with a band.

From 2000 he was part of the sucessful Aussie touring trio Cotton Keays and Morris with Daryl Cotton and Russell Morris.

In 2007 he was diagnosed with myeloma but by 2009 he was in remission.

Sadly he died aged 67 from pneumonia.

A great talent and a nice guy of the music industry.