Hammond Gamble Profile

John Dix
20 Sep 2015

Unassuming and self-effacing, Hammond Gamble has always been an unlikely star. During the heyday of Street Talk and the Hammond Gamble Band, performing to adoring fans, he wouldn’t even leave the stage at night’s end, hanging around in case an encore was demanded.

Laid back doesn’t start to describe Hammond Gamble. In 1980, a guest of Hammond and wife Sue in Auckland, I attended a Street Talk performance at Mainstreet. Backstage, Hammond pulled me aside and asked me to take home his guitar, the familiar black Strat propped in the corner; he had to sneak away. It turned out that the rather comely young lady who had inveigled her way into the band’s dressing room had her sights firmly set on the bandleader. Uncomfortable with her attention but too polite to risk offence, he chose a discreet exit.

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Hammond Gamble, 2015
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Hammond Gamble - Midnight (live at the Penguin Club, Oamaru, 1996)
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Hammond Gamble, 2015
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Hammond Gamble, 2008
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Street Talk - Back In The Bad Old Days
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk, Windsor Castle, 1978
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Harry Lyon, Hammond Gamble and Graham Brazier at The Cabana, Napier, 1984
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Hammond Gamble's Plugged In And Blue, recorded at Auckland's Gluepot in 1994
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk, 1979
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Hammond Gamble in the late 1970s
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Graham Brazier and Hammond Gamble at the 1994 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Hammond Gamble and Friends - You Make The Whole World Smile (NZ Red Nose Day song, 1992)
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Hammond Gamble in 2012 with Grant Winterburn
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Hammond Gamble's 1983 Telethon charity single, released via RCA
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Hammond Gamble with the Allstars at the Powerstation, Auckland, 2011
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Gary McCormick and Hammond Gamble, 2001
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Harry Lyon (Hello Sailor), Graham Brazier (Hello Sailor), Hammond Gamble, Charlie Morrison (manager of the Cabana), Lisle Kinney (Hello Sailor), Paul Jamieson and Lyn Buchanan (Hello Sailor) in the mid-1980s at Napier's Cabana Hotel
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk at Albert Park, 1975. Stuart Pearce is behind.
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Hammond Gamble - Leaving the Country (live at Mainstreet, 1984)
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2008's Ninety Mile Days, released on Liberation
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk at Albert Park, 1975
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Every Whisper Shouts was Hammond Gamble's second album, released via Jayrem on manager Brian Jones' label CSM
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Hammond Gamble, 2006
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Hammond Gamble - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (live at Mainstreet, Auckland, 1984)
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Hammond Gamble with Mike Caen and Rikki Morris at Rikki's studio The Bus in 2006 whilst recording Hammond's Recollection
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Bernie Darby and Ray Columbus with Hammond Gamble who had just won the 1984 Silver Scroll for 'Look What Midnight's Done To Me'
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 Sue and Hammond Gamble
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All-Stars Play the Blues end of tour dinner at Christchurch, 1984. Rear, left to right, Dennis Ryan, Hammond Gamble, Beaver, Wilko Johnson, Jane West, Neil Edwards, Paul Walker, Midge Marsden, Mike Farrell. Front, Walter Bianco, Sonny Day, Paul Hewson.
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Hammond Gamble, 1976
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Hammond Gamble, 1981
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Midge Marsden and Hammond Gamble, 2008
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Hammond Gamble, 1981
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WEA


Asylum Records


CSM Records


Festival


Liberation Blue

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Hammond Gamble's debut solo album, released via WEA in 1981