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Masters Apprentices in Whyalla

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Object Source: Dance with the Robert E. Lee : [poster]

Date of creation : 1967

Additional creator : Whyalla News

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Format : Poster, 405 x 285 mm

Friday 16 June 1967, Viscount Slim Hall, Whyalla; Y-Y Club '67; special guests The Masters Apprentices; sponsored by Coca Cola. Printed by Whyalla News.

Formed in Adelaide in early 1965 as the Mustangs, the Masters Apprentices became one of Australia's most popular groups. The original members were Mick Bower (guitar), Jim Keays (vocals), Rick Morrison (guitar), Gavin Webb (bass) and Brian Vaughton (drums). Their first single Undecided/War or hands of time was recorded in Max Peppers's Adelaide studio and released on Astor Records in October 1966.

The Masters Apprentices released a succession of hits during their seven-year career, and were considered as one of Australia's best live and recording acts. They tried repeatedly to break into the British and international market but were ultimately unsuccessful. The band regularly packed out gigs across Adelaide, as well as making mini-tours to outlying towns and cities like Murray Bridge, Mt Gambier and Whyalla.

The YMCA and YWCA hosted discos and dances and other functions for young people as a regular event, providing opportunities for them to get together, to meet, exchange ideas and enjoy the new popular culture. The dances at the Y-Y club were held on Monday nights and were always very well attended, in part because there was no other entertainment for the under-21s in Whyalla at this time.

Viscount Sir William Slim was Governor General of Australia from 1953 to 1960.


Related names

Masters Apprentices (Musical group)

Further reading

Day, David and Parker, Tim SA great it's our music 1956-1986 Glandore, S. Aust.: D. Day and T. Parker, 1987. Ch. 6. 'Masters Apprentices' pp. 58-67

Extra Extra. July-October, 2001. 'Living in a Masters dream' and 'From Mustangs to the Stones'.

Keays, Jim His master's voice St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1999

Masters Apprentices. The Master's Apprentices [sound recording], [Australia]: Astor, [1967]

Masters Apprentices. Now that it's over [sound recording]: best of Master's Apprentices. Sydney: EMI, [1974

Walding, Murray Plastered: the poster art of Australian popular music Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, 2005


Milesago 'The #1 website for Australasian music and popular culture 1964-1975'

Masters Apprentices Official website

SA Memory : Timeline : Masters Apprentices mod dance

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