I met Gerald when I was compiling some tunes at a studio in Oswestry. He introduced himself, liked my music and offered to collaborate.
Gerald Watkiss (aka Masters) was an amazing musician. He was a child prodigy on the piano and was offered a place at an early age to study at The Royal College of Music, where he got his D.Mus. He worked as a session keyboard player and first tasted 'the big time' when playing for The Rubettes in the 70's. By the 80's he was releasing albums of his own as a singer-songwriter, gaining particular success in the US and Canada.
After all the fame, he settled at home in a chocolate-box-cottage in Shropshire, writing for other people. Wikipedia entry for Gerald Masters
He was an enormous inspiration to me and a joy to work with. Whether we were sipping tea in his garden or arguing about what to do with some middle eight, his company was second to none. He was a true musical genius. To my great sadness, he died before his time in 2007, while under the contract of the biggest music publisher: Warner Chapel USA.