Bruno Lawrence Profile

Gary Steel
12 May 2013

Ask the average New Zealander and they’ll tell you Bruno Lawrence was that bald guy from Smash Palace. But while Bruno was a successful actor, his abiding legacy is as one of our most valuable music legends.

Okay, the word "legend" is over-used, but at the least, Lawrence was larger than life, and one of those characters about whom stories run rife.

Show more +
ImageableImage
Hero thumb lou s 21st
Rochelle Vinsen and band performing at Librettos guitarist Lou Parun’s 21st birthday party. Bruno Lawrence is on drums and Garth Young on piano.
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
The Crocodiles - Any Day Of The Week
ImageableImage
Hero thumb gypeat003
David Charles "Bruno" Lawrence, flanked by Hymie Levin, left, and Slim Dorwood: at the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s. 
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bl1
Bruno Lawrence in Quiet Earth
ImageableImage
Hero thumb b3
Bruno, Jools Topp and Tama Renata
ImageableImage
Hero thumb gypeat007
Bruno Lawrence teaches Garth Young the bongos - the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s
ImageableImage
Hero thumb gy057
From left, singer Mary Larkin, drummer Bruno Lawrence, Garth Young and bassist Slim Dorward - at the Pines, Wellington early 1960s
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb blerta bus
BLERTA with Fane Flaws on the roof and Bruno on drums
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bl5
Bruno Lawrence singing and drumming with BLERTA
ImageableImage
Hero thumb tommy adderley and band
Tommy Adderley at the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s. From left: Mary Larkin, Slim Dorward, Hymie Levin, Bruno Lawrence, Tommy Adderley and Garth Young. 
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb 2104.key
The Crocodiles - Tears
ImageableImage
Hero thumb a1231
Shane and Zonk! come clean - with Bruno Lawrence in the middle
ImageableImage
Hero thumb a2000
ImageableImage
Hero thumb quincyconserve2
Quincy Conserve in 1970: Left to right, top to bottom: Rufus Rehu, Dennis Mason, Johnny McCormick, Bruno Lawrence, Kevin Furey, Malcolm Hayman, Dave Orams
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
ImageableImage
Hero thumb b1
Bruno Lawrence and Geoff Murphy on the set of The Quiet Earth, 1984
ImageableImage
Hero thumb b2
Bruno receives a NZ music award on behalf of Sharon O'Neill for the Best Soundtrack album, 1983
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
3 col el, class=RelatedPage::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy 3 col el, class=LabelPerson::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Labels:

HMV


EMI

3 col el, class=Trivia::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Trivia:

For many years Blerta-associated families like those of Bruno and Geoff Murphy lived together in a commune, but at the time of Bruno’s death, he had become estranged from Murphy, who did not attend his funeral.

In 1970 HMV banned Bruno from their studios, thus preventing him drumming on Shane Hales' Straight, Straight, Straight album. Producer Alan Galbraith used Richard Burgess instead.

3 col el, class=ExternalLink::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy