Jim Keays was born in 1960 in Glasgow and was adopted out as a child. His adoptive family immigrated to Australia in 1951 and settled in Adelaide. He joined The Mustang's as a singer in 1965 and the band changed its name to 'Masters Apprentices' soon after. After the band split in 1974 Keays went on to launch a successful solo career and be the staff writer for Go-Set magazine. The Masters Apprentices were recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.