His Majesty (band)

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His Majesty
Also known asGood Time Charlie
GenresHard rock[1][2]
Years active1983 (1983)–1987 (1987), 1992 (1992)–1998 (1998)
LabelsRegal, MCA
Past members
  • Colin Burgess
  • Denny Burgess
  • Yukiko Davis
  • Mitch Smith
  • Colin Williams
  • John Botica
  • Claude Woodward

His Majesty were an Australian hard rock group which formed in 1983 by two brothers, Colin (ex-AC/DC)[3] on drums and Denny Burgess (ex-The Throb)[1] on bass guitar. Both were former members of the Masters Apprentices.[2] His Majesty also included Yukiko Davis on lead vocals, Mitch Smith on keyboards and Colin Williams on guitar.[2]


The band recorded a string of unsuccessful singles. One track, "C me comin'" (February 1985), was used throughout Australia as the opener for the United States feature film, Ghostbusters, a historical first for an Australian group. The group disbanded in 1987.[2] They reformed in 1992 with a new line-up, they changed their name to Good Time Charlie by 1998 but disbanded late that year.

In 1986 and again in 1992-93 His Majesty were the Australian backing band for Tiny Tim, with whom they recorded two albums, Tiny Tim - Rock (1992)[4] and Tiny Tim's Christmas Album (1993). The 1992 line-up includes two new members, American keyboardist Claude Woodward formerly of Perth band, Visitor, and a new lead guitarist in John Botica formerly of the United Kingdom post punk band, The Labrats.[4]

The band went through a number of line-up changes throughout the mid-1990s eventually changing its name to Good Time Charlie. This band released an album, Adults Only, in October 1998,[5] which they had begun recording in the late 1980s at Alberts Studios in Sydney with original guitar tracks performed by John Robinson (ex-Blackfeather). Robinson was the producer for those original tracks, although later tracks were added by guitarist John Botica and were produced and engineered by Tom Kazas (ex- The Moffs). The Burgess brothers were both seriously injured in a car accident in November 1998; Denny's wife, Clare, described their condition in December, "We're certainly off the road for a while now ... We're just so glad they're kicking and should recover fully. It will be a long hard haul for them. Denny and Colin are both pretty smashed up."[5]


  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2015. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
  1. ^ a b McFarlane, 'The Throb' entry. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d McFarlane, 'The Masters Apprentices' entry. Archived from the original on 18 June 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  3. ^ McFarlane, 'AC/DC' entry. Archived from the original on 6 August 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b Tiny Tim (1993), Rock, Regular Records. National Library of Australia, retrieved 2 April 2015
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Murray (6 December 1998). "Star Cheats Death". Sunday Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. MilesAgo. Archived from the original on 23 June 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2015.