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Gerald Masters born Gerald Watkiss (February 17, 1955 – February 5, 2007) was a musician, solo artist and songwriter, achieving fame during the late seventies and early eighties.

Gerald Masters
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Gerald Masters' 1981 Album
Background information
Birth nameGerald Watkiss
Born(1955-02-17)17 February 1955
Wolverhampton, England
Died5 February 2007(2007-02-05) (aged 51)
Shrewsbury, England
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, recording artist, composer, producer.
InstrumentsVocals, Piano
Years active1977–2007
LabelsPye, Handshake, Island
Associated actsFlashman

After releasing four albums, produced by Tony Atkins, as a solo artist between 1977 and 1983, he continued in the music business working as a producer/writer with Island, working with artists including Andy Gibb, Neville Staples and The Equators. Following this work, he struck up writing partnerships with Aziz Ibrahim (Ex-Simply Red, Stone Roses) and Paul Beard (James Blunt, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis). In 2006, Masters decided to write and release his own material again, under the name Rescue Party, a collaboration with fellow co-writer and producer Gareth Rhys Jones.

Additionally, Masters was a writer for TV, most notably composing "A Handful of Smarties" which aired in the UK.



Artist Title Release Date Label
Flashman Flashman 1977 Pye/ Vanguard
Gerald Watkiss Purgatory and Paradise 1978 Pye
Gerald Masters Past Masters 1980 Precision
Gerald Masters Gerald Masters 1981 Handshake
Gerald Masters Music For A Living Room 1983 Metronome
Rescue Party Imaginary America 2006 AWAL
Gerald Masters Dreamtime 2010 AWAL
Gerald Masters Strike A Light 2011 AWAL
Gerald Masters Terminal Life 2012 AWAL


Artist Title Release Date Label
Flashman Tears 1977 Pye
Gerald Watkiss Hold On / If The Line Broke On My World 1978 Pye
Gerald Masters E.S.P. / Johnny Can't Work Any Faster 1979 Pye
Gerald Masters Falling / Purgatory and Paradise 1979 Pye
Gerald Masters Poor Little Rich Boy / Is It Me? 1980 Handshake
Gerald Masters I Love You So Badly / Too Many Dreams Were Broken 1981 Handshake
Gerald Masters In The Movies / Every Step That I Take 1983 Metronome
Bobby Perfect and the Good Guys Only Love Charlie Boy / Palace Stomp 1983 Crown Records
Mata On Your Bikes / Don't Look Now 1983 Savoir Faire
Gerald Masters Solidarność 2013 AWAL
Rescue Party A Darkened Love 2014 AWAL
Gerald Masters Change Your Heart 2015 AWAL
Gerald Masters Weakness in the Words 2016 AWAL
Gerald Masters Whose Planet 2017 AWAL

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