Dragon Profile

Nick Bollinger
2 May 2013

At their 1970s peak, they roared across Australasia, making music as fiery as their name, leaving a trail of bodies both alive and dead. But that is a long way from Dragon’s beginnings.

Taumaranui, population 6,000, is the hub of a sheep-farming community in New Zealand’s central North Island, where Todd Hunter and his younger brother Marc were born in the early 1950s. Their father was a weekend clarinettist and their part-Fijian mother played piano. While still at primary school, the brothers joined the family band: Todd on guitar, Marc drumming, and all four singing.

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Dragon sign to CBS, 1976. Back, left to right: producer and head of A&R Peter Dawkins, Neil Storey, Marc Hunter, Todd Hunter, Robert Taylor, Paul Hewson. In front is CBS managing director Bill Smith
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Dragon receive the Legacy Award at the New Zealand Music Awards and are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Vector Arena, Auckland, November 2011. Left to right: Alan Mansfield, Todd Hunter, Robert Taylor, Kerry Jacobson.
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Are You Old Enough
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Rain (Live at Rhythm & Vines Festival 2010)
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Marc Hunter in the mid-1970s. 
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Former and current members of Dragon perform at a one-off gig at Sydney Entertainment Centre, 4th April 2009
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The Japanese single of 'Rain'
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Dragon in New Zealand, 1975, venue unknown
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April Sun In Cuba (Live at Sammy's Dunedin, August 2010)
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Mark Williams with Dragon at the Founders Theatre in Hamilton, 2007
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Marc Hunter
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Mark Williams and Bruce Reid from Dragon playing the Twin Peaks venue in Kaitaia, Northland, 2010
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Are You Old Enough (Acoustic)
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Dragon, May 1989: Todd Hunter,  Alan Mansfield and Marc Hunter
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Todd Hunter speaking for Dragon at the Vector Arena, Auckland, November 2011 as the band are inducted into the NZ Music Hall Of Fame. Left to right: Paul Hewson’s son Daniel Hewson, Alan Mansfield’s wife Sharon O’Neill, Todd Hunter, Kerry Jacobson, Alan Mansfield.
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Marc Hunter in Auckland, 1975
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1974 Auckland University bio/flyer - only $1. Tod [sic] was a former member of 'Heavy Pork' and 'O.K. Dingy'.
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Still In Love With You
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This Time
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Rain
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Mark Williams at the Dragon's 30th Anniversary gig, Sydney Entertainment Centre, 4 April 2009
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Dragon in Auckland in the mid-1970s: Todd Hunter, Ray Goodwin, Neil Storey, Marc Hunter, Ivan Thompson
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Robert Taylor, venue unknown, New Zealand 1975
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Full concert - Dragon at Sydney Entertainment Centre, 1984
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April Sun In Cuba
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Dragon around the time of the Class Reunion Tour, 1982: Marc Hunter, Todd Hunter, Kerry Jacobson, Robert Taylor (front) and Paul Hewson (rear).
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The Australian single sleeve for Rain
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Marc and Todd Hunter in Auckland, 1975. Venue unknown.
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Marc Hunter
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Dragon 1979, without Marc Hunter. Clockwise from top left: Richard Lee, Todd Hunter, Paul Hewson, Kerry Jacobson, Billy Rogers, Robert Taylor.
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Dick Frizzell's cover from Universal Radio
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April Sun In Cuba (Live at Rhythm & Vines Festival 2010)
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Are You Old Enough (live)
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Marc Hunter and Graham Brazier, Great Western Festival Jan 15, 1978
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Dragon drummer Neil Storey who died of a heroin overdose in 1976
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Todd Hunter in the mid-1970s
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Auckland, circa 1974: back - Marc Hunter, Neil Reynolds, Todd Hunter, front - Ivan Thompson and Ray Goodwin
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CBS


Polydor


Vertigo

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Members:

Neil Storey - drums

Todd Hunter - bass, vocals

Marc Hunter - vocals

Ray Goodwin - guitar

Robert Taylor - guitar

Paul Hewson - keyboards, vocals

Alan Mansfield - guitar, keyboards

Terry Chambers - drums

Kerry Jacobson - drums

Mark Williams - vocals

Graeme Collins - vocals, keyboards

Ivan Thompson - keyboards

Neil Reynolds - drums

Richard Lee - electric violin, guitar

Billy Rogers - vocals, saxophone

Doane Perry - drums

Tommy Emmanuel - guitar

Bruce Reid - guitar

Pete Drummond - drums