PETER TILBROOK  THE PARTY CAT

 

THE MASTERS APPRENTICES

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY 

Peter Tilbrook The Party Cat is Peter Tilbrook on lead vocalist and lead guitarist who has worked as a solo performer for most of his career and mainly Brian  Davidge on bass guitar  Peter Tilbrook The Party Cat has been captivating                              audiences wherever the act  has been playing . The music is predominately Peter Tilbrook's original music , Masters Apprentices music, Sixties music and Rock 'N' Roll which is                                mainly from 1956 to 1965 

 

Peter Tilbrook  has a huge repertoire of over 400 great songs all guaranteed to get you on the dance floor and the give                              you a night to remember.  His sound is live, not sequenced like so many modern bands and duos are these days ie  he actually plays his own own instruments.  It's raw, exciting 50's and 60's music played as it was meant to be played.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCK AND ROLL:

 

 

PETER TILBROOK  PLAYS MUSIC FROM THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS:

 

Peter Tilbrook, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and the Comets, The Everly Brothers, Dion, Bobby Darren,                                            Ricky Nelson, Johnny Burnette, Cliff Richard, Eddie Cochrane, Richie Valens, The Platters, Chuck Berry, Paul Anka,                                     Conway Twitty,  The Righteous Brothers, Johnny O'Keefe, The Delltones, Del Shannon, Lloyd Price, The Drifters, Roy Orbison,                         Roy Head and the Traits, Ray Charles, Johnny Tillitson, Chubby Checker, Fats Domino, Little Anthony and the Imperials,                                Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Preston, Gene Vincent, Eddie Hodges, Joey Dee and the Starliters, The Henchmen, Brendon Boyer,                              Guy Mitchell, Robin Luke and Wanda Jackson

 

 

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 Peter Tilbrook on stage

with THE MASTERS APPRENTICES in Melbourne at

THE PALAIS THEATRE in St Kilda Melbourne 9th March 2012.

 

 

 

SIXTIES MUSIC

 

 

 

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Kinks, The Troggs, The Yardbirds, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five,                             Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, The Doors, The McCoys, The Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Otis Reading, The Byrds, John Lennon,                    Johnny Rivers, Creedance Clearwater, Darryl Braithwaite, Billy Thorpe, Normie Rowe, Blackfeather, Gerry and the Pacemakers,                           Max Merritt and the Meteors, Bob Dylan, Uriah Heap, The Easybeats, Them, Dave Edmonds, and of course all the big hits                        from The Masters Apprentices

 

PETER TILBROOK ALWAYS PLAYS PLENTY OF HIS ORIGINAL SONGS ON STAGE:

 

 

 

 Peter has been known to play up to 65 of his own original songs in a night.

  

 

 

 

 

Peter Tilbrook, started learning guitar at the age of 12 at the Adelaide College of Music in the city and his first                                          public performance was in the back of a Tram in the Parklands at the age of 12 when the Tram Conductor insisted                                        that he should play a song for everyone on the Tram.  He played "Peter Gunn" and "She'll be coming round the                                      mountain when she comes" and got a rousing cheer from all on board the tram. That simple acknowlegement launched                         Peter into a life of music and entertainment and now, over 5o years on he is still enjoying creating music and                                     entertaining people.

 

 

 

 

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THE BENTBEAKS In Adelaide in 1966.  

The article on the right is from YOUNG MODERN magazine -1967

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 THE BENTBEAKS from Adelaide SA. Photo taken in 1966 on the Phono Vox EMI label

L. to R. Steve Adorian (V) , Martin McAvenna (D) , Peter Tilbrook  (LG)  & John Hudson (B)

in Flinders Lane near the famous CATCHER a populau teenage Night Club.

it was always packed with around a 2,000 capacity over 5 levels.

Peter & the singer Steve Adorian lived at the Catcher above the entrance

for some time until the Sharpies intimidated us to leave after 3 months.

 

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"THE BENTBEAKS" with GO GO dancers behind them IN MELBOURNE PLAYING

 

AT THE "THE CATCHER"  NOV 1965.  WHAT A GREAT THAT WAS VENUE 5 LEVELS.

 

PHOTO:  L.to R.  PETER TILBROOK, STEVE ADORIAN, MARTIN McAVENNA & JOHN HUDSON

 

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MY WIFE MELANIE AND I RECENTLY CAUGHT UP WITH BENTBEAKS

DRUMMER MARTIN McAVENNA FOR LUNCH IN SYDNEY BEFORE

OUR GO SHOW REHEARSAL ON 4TH MAY. HADN'T CAUGHT UP

WITH MARTIN SINCE THE BENTBEAKS SPLIT UP IN 1967. 

IT WAS FANTASTIC TO SEE HIM.

 

 

The Bentbeaks went on to win the South Australian heat of the Hoadley's Battle of the Bands in 1966 the prize being a trip to Sydney to record on the SPIN label and was produced by NAT KIPNER. Whilst there BEE GEES member MAURICE GIBB played piano on one of the songs they recorded and original written by drummer Martin McAvenna.  They recorded one single only at BILL ARMSTRONGS  recording studio near Albert Park Lake in Melbourne called "Caught Red Handed" / "Raining Sunshine".  Raining Sunshine was the first song Peter wrote in collaboration with Steve Adorian the singer of the band whilst living in a flat in Dalgety Street St Kilda in Melbourne.  The Bentbeaks played in Sydney, all over country Victoria ,Melbourne and all over country South Australia.

 

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"THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE" IN MELBOURNE - NOV 1966

AT RIGHT  PETER PLAYING BASS GUITAR  IN "THE

SOUNDS OF SILENCE"  AT "OPUS" A FANTASTIC DANCE

IN THE ORMOND HALL MELBOURNE

[My favourite dance venue in Melbourne in the late 60's]

 

 

 

Next Peter changed from lead guitar to bass guitar and joined top Adelaide band "The Sounds of Silence" who were about to leave for Melbourne where all of the music action was at the time.  The Sounds of Silence recorded again at BILL ARMSTRONGS STUDIOS two singles "Running High" and "Mary's got a daisy" - a hippy song!!!  The Sounds of Silence also won the TWIN STREET MUSIC  SA Battle of the Bands competition early in 1967 held at the amazing St Clair Youth Centre at Woodville in SA.

 

 

 

 

 

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L. to R. Peter Tilbrook, Jim Keays & Colin Burgess

FROM The Masters Apprentices

at the ADELAIDE FESTIVAL THEATRE 1st April 2012.

 

   

 

Whilst living in Melbourne, Peter was approached to join "The Masters Apprentices" another top Adelaide band that were also in Melbourne at the time.  The Masters knew of Peter Tilbrook from his days in The BENTBEAKS. The MASTERS knew of Peter's wild guitar playing and on stage antics when he was the lead guitarist with THE BENTBEAKS who were a top MOD BAND of the day. Peter was in the Masters Apprentices during their hey days when all the action was taking place sometimes playing 35 to 45 minute spots at four different dances a night, playing at huge concerts with audiences of up to 100,000 people such as at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne and The Velodrome in Melbourne. Peter was also in the band when they were given equal first prize in the National Hoadley's Battle of the Bands a national competition of thousands of bands competing nationally.

 

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L. to R. Jim Keays, Peter Tilbrook, Doug Ford, Colin Burgess & Glenn Wheatley

THE MASTERS APPRENTICES  IN 1968 AT THE FINALS OF THE HOADLEYS NATIONAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS SEEN HERE RECEIVING OUR EQUAL FIRST PRIZE FROM MGR DIRECTOR OF THE SITMAR SHIPPING LINE.

 

Melbourne band The GROOVE actually won the competition but THE MASTERS APPRENTICES were given the same first prize as they were only beaten by the smallest of margins. The margin was so close that the judges left the building because they knew there was going to be a lot of angry MASTERS fans in the building who wanted the MASTERS to win the National competition.  Anyway, they received the first prize which included a trip to England from Sitmar, an opportunity to record at Abbey Road Studios London along with some clothes and cash prizes. Peter was also in the band when they were voted the Most Original Pop Group in Australia by Everybody Magazine and Go-Set Magazine in 1968.  Peter whilst in the Masters Apprentices was hailed by top music writer in Sydney David Elfick and Go-Set Magazine as being the greatest rhythm guitar act in Australia.

 

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THE MASTERS APPRENTICES    9TH FEB 2012 Melbourne

 L. to R. Glen Wheatley, Peter Tilbrook, Jim Keays and Colin Burgess.

PHOTO TAKEN ON 9TH MARCH 2012  AT ST KILDA PALAIS - THE GO SHOW NO 2

 

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TOP PHOTO ABOVE    L.to R.  Colin Burgess, Peter Tilbrook, Gavin Webb, Doug Ford & Jim Keays. 1967

BOTTOM B&W PHOTO ABOVE  L.to R.  Steve Hopgood, Jim Keays, Tony Summers,

Gavin Webb & Peter Tilbrook at bottom.  1967   "Buried & Dead"  single promotion photo at a

 cemetary in Melbourne.

 

Peter appeared in five different line ups of the Masters Apprentices in 1967 and 1968 playing with the following members: Jim Keays, Steve Hopgood, Gavin Webb, Tony Summers, Colin Burgess, Doug Ford and Glenn Wheatley who of course went on to manage Johnny Farnham and the Little River Band and more recently, Delta Goodrem.

 

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Jim Keays & myself with the painted mural in my Dungeon like bedroom

at Carlisle street  East St Kilda where we both lived for some time.

 

When Peter decided to leave the Masters at Xmas time in 1968, he left to form a duo with another great Adelaide singer Richard Hay who was living with the Masters in Melbourne at the time  and he also did some vocal harmonies for us on some of our songs.  The were called "Paradise" and were immediately signed to the "Sweet Peach" record label for recording, song writing and management.  They recorded two singles on the Sweet Peach label called "Jessie" and "Sin".  Sin ended up being banned.  Paradise played all over Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and did countless television appearances.  Peter Tilbrook appeared on television approximately 250 times in his career.

 

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 After Paradise ended, Peter went solo and recorded two singles "Stop the time" / "All mine to play with" and "I wonder why" / "A madman roams tonight" all written by Peter.  Stop the time was on the Australian charts for about 6 months and reached number 8 and as a result of its success, he was offered a contract to be a regular singer on the popular Channel 7 Adelaide tonight show called "The Barry Ion Show" singing with the backing of a 25 piece orchestra.  As a solo act, Peter performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Peter also performed on the very popular "IN ADELAIDE TONIGHT" on Channel 9 then hosted by ERNIE SIGLEY and several TV appearances on  THE CHANNEL 7' - GOOD FRIDAY APPEAL.

 

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When disco came in in the 70's, Peter's career went quiet like so many other's in the music industry at the time and he didn't start playing again until around 1986 when he joined a band called "Crosstown" with Attilla Deveney.  Subsequently he played in a duo called "The Spoilers" with JOK HOWLETT.  he then started playing as a solo vocalist/guitarist and was one of the most successful Solo Acts in South Australia for about 10 years. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE MASTERS APPRENTICES

 

AT THE St KILDA PALAIS IN MELBOURNE 9th March 2012

 L. to R.  Glenn Wheatley, Peter Tilbrook, Davey Lane

(great support guitarist), Jim Keays & Colin Burgess.

 

 

 

 

 

A MEMORABLE STORY FROM 1968

 

THE WHO  &  THE SMALL FACES TOUR  OF 1968

 

THE MASTERS APPRENTICES  - Written by: PETER TILBROOK

 

One of my greatest memories of the Masters Appprentices involved The Who, The Small Faces & Paul Jones [from Manfred Mann] 1968 Tour of Australia.

 

Sixties British super acts THE WHO, THE SMALL FACES & PAUL JONES from the Manfred Mann band toured Australia together in 1968. It was decided the Australian support band for the tour was to be selected by way of a National Ten Pin Bowling Competition between all of the top Australian bands at the time. This competition was televised live every Saturday morning on Australia’s biggest four hour TV pop show called “UPTIGHT” over five or six months. The competition was a winner with all the fans as every Saturday they would pack into the Camberwell Junction Bowling alley to watch and scream their heads off for their favourite bands bowling and performing in between games on a stage set up there. 

I remember The Twilights Australia’s top band [in my opinion] at that time, recorded a great jingle called “Bowling, brings out the Winner in You” which was played all the time on TV & RADIO for the 6 months of the promotion.  The singer of the Twilights was of course Glenn Shorrok who later went into The Little River Band and Twilight guitarist Terry Britten went on to write songs for Tina Turner like, “What’s love go to do with it” and Simply the Best”, as well as I think Cliff Richard’s only top 10 hit in America called “Devil Woman”.

 

Because we loved THE WHO & THE SMALL FACES not only for their music but also because we shared a similar MOD IMAGE we wanted to win this competition badly, but cruelly we came in a very close second in the finals narrowly missing out by just a few points to another Melbourne band called THE NEW DREAM which in Australia in my opinion were similar to American band The Partridge Family complete with the female singer whose biggest hit in 1969 was a song called “GROUPIE”.  We were devastated as we thought we had it in the bag, we never knew we had a star 10 pin bowler in the band with Gavin Webb who scored some absolutely amazing results, in one game alone he scored and absolutely amazing (270) out of a possible (300). Well done Gavin….by the way, did we thank you !

 

The good news was that EMI Records who The Masters Apprentices had recently signed with and who brought the WHO, THE SMALL FACES & PAUL JONES to Australia asked The Masters Apprentices to host them around some of Melbourne top nightclubs on one of their nights off.  Apparently, they wanted to experience some of the local club scene and see some top Australian bands. So I found myself in a taxi on a cold wet I think Tuesday night in Melbourne with Who drummer Keith Moon and bass player John Entwhistle along with Masters bass player Gavin Webb and I believe Jim Keays was with in our vehicle. I am not sure who was in the second taxi although I do remember Roger Daultry from the WHO and Stevie Marriot from the Small Faces couldn’t make it. 

The atmosphere slipped to an extreme low in the taxi when Gavin Webb unexpectantly said to John Entwhistle…”is it true JET HARRIS from the SHADOWS played the bass on MY GENERATION”.

Keith Moon just laughed his head off poking fun at Entwhistle, John Entwhistle was not amused but luckily held back on decking Gavin. I never understood why Gavin ever said that! because he was not one for causing any trouble and in fact he was the quiet one in the Masters and he loved John Entwistle. Can you possibly think of a worse insult to say to one of the best bass players in the world.

 

Well despite that horrible moment we went on and had a great fun night going to top spots like “Whisky a GO GO” in St KILDA, AND “BERTIES” probably Melbourne’s biggest pop venue [with 4 levels I think] and was the most popular club in the city. Of all the bands in Australia to be playing ON THAT NIGHT was “THE NEW DREAM” along with “COMPULSION” who were a brilliant New Zealand Jimi Hendrix cover band. THE NEW DREAM were clearly haunting us.

I should point out The New Dream were a great band, all lovely people, great musical mates good at what they did and deserved their win over us as their overall score was undeniably higher than our, we just didn’t think they were the most appropriate band to support THE WHO & THE SMALL FACES. Who the hell did we think we were to be like that! SPOILT BRATS many said.

 

Well, the WHO , THE SMALL FACES & PAUL JONES concert was on later that week and not to be out done, and obviously being sore losers The Masters thought what can we do. We decided to create a bit of havoc at the show. We hired GREY MORNING SUITS & TOP HATS got dropped off at the front entrance of Melbourne’s festival Hall in a limousine [If you think that was over the top, well, we even discussed arriving by helicopter] we all got out ALL LIT OUR VERY LARGE CIGARS and proceeded to walk very slowly into Festival Hall getting instant recognition from the crowd, we all walked in a straight line seated ourselves pretty well much in the centre about 15 rows back from the stage. In a rehearsed and synchronised move we all lifted our top hats to a massive reaction of support from many of the thousands of fans in the hall, many of whom we believed sympathised with us and strongly believed we should have been the support act, and then sat down.  We caused somewhat of a riot as our fans were all over us and it certainly took the spotlight off THE NEW DREAM who were on stage and had already started playing by now. We were savaged by IAN MELDRUM in GOSET Australia’s top music magazine at the time for being such bad losers but if anything I guess it helped create a memorable night for THE NEW DREAM ourselves and our legions of fans who loved it.  By the way, we loved the show it was incredible and particularly enjoyable sitting so close to the stage as we were.

This was not our best moment, but, it certainly was a memorable one.