Colin Burgess, a Veteran Australian Drummer and Musician, Died at 77

Last Updated on December 16, 2023, 5:48 am

Colin Burgess was an original AC/DC Drummer and a former member of The Master’s Apprentices.

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Colin Burgess (Image via Facebook)

Colin Burgess, a veteran Australian rock musician and drummer, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023. He was 77 years old at the time of his tragic demise. He played in the bands The Master Apprentices from 1968-1972 and AC/DC from 197301974. He also played in the bands Good Time Charlie, The Burgess Brothers Band, and His Majesty.

What happened to Colin Burgess?

Colin Burgess passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023. He was 77 years old at the time of his death. The details of his death have not been made public. The exact cause of his death is unknown. The rock band AC/DC announced the sad news of his passing and paid homage to the late musician in a post on social media.

“Very sad to hear the passing of Colin Burgess. He was our first drummer and a very respected musician. Happy memories, rock in peace, Colin.”

Who was Colin Burgess?

Colin Burgess was a renowned Australian rock musician and seasoned drummer. He was born on November 16, 1946, in Sydney, Australia, and grew up with his brother Denny, a musician. The two brothers formed a band, The Haze, in 1967.

Jim Keays founded the pop rock band The Masters Apprentices in 1965. In January 1968, he reorganized his band, and Colin Burgess became its new drummer. During Burgess’ tenure, The Masters Apprentices had top 20 singles chart success on the Go-Set National Top 40 with songs “5:10 Man,” “Think about Tomorrow Today,” “Turn Up Your Radio,” and “Because I Love You.”

In October 1998, The Masters Apprentices were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame, including Burgess, Ford, Keays, and Wheatley.

In 1973, Burgess was recruited for the formation of the hard rock band AC/DC. The band had Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar, his brother Angus on lead guitar, Dave Evans on lead vocals, and Larry Van Kriedt on bass guitar. He played with the band for one year but was replaced by Phil Rudd in 1974 for being drunk on stage; he later claimed his drink had been tampered with. In 1975, he was recalled for a few weeks as Rudd injured his hand in a fight.

In 1983, Burgess and his brother Denny formed a rock band, His Majesty, later renamed Good Time Charlie, and toured Southeast Asia and recorded an album, ‘Adults Only.’ The band folded in 1988.


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