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RaucousReg
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 1:04:31 PM

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Australian rock legend Jim Keays has been remembered as always the master and never the apprentice after his death on Friday.

The lead singer of The Masters Apprentices died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.

A spokeswoman says Keays died at 10.30am on Friday from pneumonia arising from complications from multiple myeloma, which he had been fighting for seven years.

The singer had been on life support since Monday.

The ARIA Hall of Famer began his career in the 1960s as lead singer with The Masters Apprentices whose hits included Turn Up Your Radio, Living In A Child's Dream, Elevator Driver, 5-10 Man and It's Because I Love you.

Spokeswoman Dianna O'Neill said Keays' death was another sad loss for the Australian music industry following the death of The Angels frontman Doc Neeson last Wednesday.

"We've lost another rock legend," she told AAP.

Australian artist manager and entertainment industry figure Glenn Wheatley said he had shared some of the best years of his life with his friend.

"I will always remember him as the consummate showman," he said in a statement.

"Jim had an aura about him, you always knew when he was in the room.

"Always the Master, never the Apprentice. His presence will remain with me always.

"Do what you wanna do, be what you wanna be Jim. Vale my friend, you will be greatly missed."

Keays headlined the Masters of Rock Concert at Crown Casino in Melbourne on May 25 but was admitted to hospital with pneumonia the following day and transferred to the intensive care unit.

Keays had been putting the finishing touches to his latest album, the follow up to Dirty Dirty.

The Masters Apprentices was one Australia's best-loved `60s rock groups.

Keays is survived by his partner Karin and children Holly, Bonnie and James.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/.../jim-keays-of-masters...
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what a truly iconic aussie rock god. vale jimmy keays thanks for some great memories and some of my earliest rock experiences.
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Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2014 2:12:43 PM
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I was lucky enough to meet Jim a few times, he was a true gentleman and a good bloke.

Jim will be well remembered and sadly missed.

RIP
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Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014 2:50:08 PM
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Hi All

There's a full one hour interview with Jim Keays that was part of a show on Radio National. It's a great listen and an insight into the changed music busineess ( an an hour interview from Rob Hist - Midnight Oil, Backsliders and the Break).

See http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/intothemusic/rock-music-generations/5483366

Interview links are at the bottom of the page.

R.I.P. Jim Keays

Rod S
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