The Deakins

The Deakins

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Name = The Deakins

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Genre = Rock
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Past_members = Jeff Donoghue Ian Kincaid Bob Miller Gary Schober

The Deakins - An Australian Rock Musical Group from the era ‘Aussie 60’s Beat Music’; whose style has had classifications that include Garage Rock, 60s Punk and 60s Pop.


A Melbourne based band created in 1963, originally as a 60s Pop, Surf rock quartet, reforming over time to a trio and a Quintet. Over their 10 year journey, performing live concerts and dance venues in Melbourne, Geelong, through to Torquay circuits and later, appearing on television’s rock shows Kommotion and the GO!! Show.

For over three years, were the resident band at a Geelong dance named "Teen Scene". Their decision to turn professional in 1965, was the reason one of the original members, Gary Schober, choose to depart.

Forming part of the second wave of rock and roll in Australia, it was as a trio in 1966 that The Deakins were contracted to The GO!! Record label.

In one morning session, early 1966, the Deakins GO!! Recordings were produced by Ron Tudor and engineered by Roger Savage at Armstrong Studios in South Melbourne. They recorded four songs, with two 'A' side releases: Tonight you’re gonna fall in love with me and Take me for a little while. These were released as two (2) single 7 inch vinyls. Included in the recordings, was an original track, Look and Learn composition by Jeff Donoghue, bass guitarist, with lead guitar arrangement by Bob Miller. This was the flip side of their second release. The GO!! Era consisted of an interrelated GO!! Recording label, Television shows Kommotion and GO!! Show and Go-Set magazine. The television ventures started to wind up in 1967. Go Records was then next. Consequently, along with other musical artists of the time, The Deakins GO!! Era ended.

The GO!! Show archives are limited in number today and although over 200 shows were performed they are rare collectors items now. One of the Deakins GO!! performances of Look and Learn and was recorded on series three (3) on November 28, 1966. This escaped loss and is part of the 6 remaining complete tapes of the GO!! Show from the Australian 60’s Beat music era. Artists appearing on this show were numerous and some of the rare tapes to remain, include extracts from performances by a then young singer Olivia Newton-John.

The Deakins continued on for some years after the GO!! Era. During the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, there was an interlude in their history. The drummer, Ian Kincaid, departed the group and Australia, to join with other musicians to entertain the American soldiers serving in Southern Vietnam. When Ian returned to Melbourne in 1972, the group reformed again. Now as a quintet, it included the original members of the 1966 trio Jeff Donoghue, Ian Kincaid and Bob Miller, plus two new members Ian had met during his Vietnam experience. The group, with an additional lead singer and keyboard player, were now performing to the Pub Rock (Australia) scene. External pressures and demands caused them to finally disband in 1973. Their last appearances together were at the Blackburn Hotel, Blackburn, Victoria. Decades on, after a resurgence of interest in the music of the Sixties for 'Aussie garage groups', another Australian Record Company has rescued The Deakins song set from the archives. Remastering and re-releasing the tracks as part of a series of Composite CDs. These CDs portray the music beat scene of the sixties GO!! Era. Look and Learn has become the group's anthem.


Tonight you’re gonna fall in love with me. GO!! GO-5033 Vinyl 45RPM Melbourne 1966

I’ll make you mine. GO!! GO-5033 Vinyl 45RPM Melbourne 1966

Take me for a little while. GO!! GO-5041 Vinyl 45RPM Melbourne 1966

Look and Learn. GO!! GO-5041 Vinyl 45RPM Melbourne 1966


GO!! Hitmakers Volume 3: LP vinyl (One song – Tonight you’re gonna fall in love with me)

The GO!! Label Volume 1 - Vinyl(One song – Look and Learn). The Australian Music Beat Scene 1965 to 1967: CD (One song – Look and Learn).

Worldbeaters #2 CD(One song – Look and Learn).

GO!! GOING!! GONE!! : CD (Three songs - Tonight you’re gonna fall in love with me, I’ll make you mine and Take me for a little while).


Who’s Who of Australian Rock and Roll (Published 2003)- Chris Spencer Five Mile Press Victoria, Australia.

The National Film and Sound Archive – Australian Government Canberra, Australia. - Article: The Sixties Australian rock & pop recordings 1964-1969.- Sound and audio collection The GO!! Show- Milesago.

External links

National Film and sound GO!! show Tudor Savage !! Records The Deakins Look and Learn The Deakins Tonight Youre Gonna Fall in Love

See also

Music of Australia The Go!! Show Go Records

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