Al Hunter Profile

Chris Bourke
21 Jan 2014

After over a decade making a name for himself in Auckland clubs as a singer of blues, R&B, and rock and roll, Al Hunter made a crucial decision. In 1980 he decided to devote himself to his first love, country music.

It may not have seemed a good career move at the time, when post-punk bands were filling inner-city venues. But by staying true to his instincts, Hunter became one of New Zealand’s most respected singers. 

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The Al Hunter Band on the set of Saturday Live, late 1980s. Left to right: Red McKelvie, Bruce King, Al Hunter, Cath Newhook, Alastair Dougal
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Al Hunter
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Al Hunter at The Gluepot, October 1992
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Cruise Lane in the Embers courtyard, 1972. Left to right, Paul Lee, Peter Kershaw, Tony Pilcher, Al Hunter, Kaye Wolfgramm, Claude Radics.
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The Singer (1993)
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Al Hunter, 2001
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I Dont Wanna Go to Work Today
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Ian Morris and Al Hunter, 1989
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Al Hunter on the South Island's West Coast with Auckland-based, US-born pedal-steel guitarist Glenn R Campbell, touring with the Warratahs, Winter 1993
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The 1987 album Neon Cowboy
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Bryan Staff, Chris Bourke, Al Hunter and CBS Records' Tony Smith in the late 1980s
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Cruise Lane - Ego (Al Hunter on vocals)
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Al Hunter, Dave Dobbyn and Alastair Dougal at the RipItUp 10th Anniversary party
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Gary's Song - live on 23 August 2013 at The Old Lodge Hall, Hokitika
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Pagan publicity photo
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Al Hunter wins award for Best Country album at the 1994 NZ Music Awards for The Singer
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Al at the 2001 APRA Silver Scrolls
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The Al Hunter Band circa 1987/8: Cath Newhook, Alastair Dougal, Red McKelvie (front) and Al Hunter. The photo was likely taken at Auckland's Shakespeare Tavern.
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Cruise Lane and backing choir in the band room at the Embers, 1972. Left to right, Paul Lee, Shirley Hunter, Claude Radics, Kaye Wolfgramm, Peter Kershaw, Tony Pilcher, Josie Rika (front), Al Hunter, Pauline.
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Cold Hard Winter (1997)
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Publicity shot for Neon Cowboy, 1987
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The Al Hunter Band on the set of Saturday Live, late 1980s. Left to right: Red McKelvie, Al Hunter, Bruce King, Cath Newhook, Alastair Dougal.
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