Hello Sailor Profile

Murray Cammick
29 May 2013

The perception of Hello Sailor has changed over the years – for some they are a band that has been together forever and their fame is based only on radio hits like ‘Blue Lady’ and ‘Gutter Black’.

But back in the day they were primarily known for their live gigs, rockin’ the nation, one pub at a time. They have spent more time apart than together.

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New Tattoo
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Hello Sailor, 1977
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Dave McArtney writes to RipItUp from Los Angeles, 1978
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Late 1970s Hello Sailor poster designed by Ian McDougall
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More awards - Dave McArtney, Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon
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Marc Hunter and Graham Brazier, Great Western Festival Jan 15, 1978
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Hello Sailor’s second album, originally released in 1978, just prior to the ill-fated trip to Los Angeles
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Ian Morris and Rob Aickin recording the debut Hello Sailor album at Stebbing Studios, 6 June, 1977
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Hello Sailor at The Gluepot for $2!
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1977 'Blue Lady' poster designed by Peter Adams
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A 1985 Zulu/CBS publicity shot: Dave McArtney, Ricky Ball, Harry Lyon, Graham Brazier
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Gutter Black (Campbell Live, 19 Dec 2008)
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Graham Brazier, late 1970s
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Blue Lady
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Page two of Dave McArtney's letter from LA, 1979.
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Dave McArtney, Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon performing Son of Sam - Mainstreet, 1979
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Lying in the Sand
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1976
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Lisle Kinney, Windsor Castle, 1977
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The original press release for the second Hello Sailor album, announcing they were off to LA. Plus Golden Harvest are following their footsteps, although it's unclear exactly how.
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Dave McArtney with Hello Sailor, Windsor Castle, Parnell, Auckland 1977
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Graham Brazier, Auckland University Café, 1977
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Hello Sailor - Blue Lady (with Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey A Go Go, LA 1978)
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Fugitive For Love
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Dr Jazz (with Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey A Go Go, LA 1978)
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The debut album from 1977. Designed by Peter Adams, the inside of the original foldout LP cover featured band photos by Eldred Stebbing’s son Vaughan.
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Karyn Hay with members of DD Smash and Hello Sailor for an advertising shoot
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Gutter Black & Billy Bold (Play It Strange concert at The St James Theatre 2004)
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Auckland University Gym after a Hello Sailor gig - late 1970s
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Gold Discs for the Hello Sailor album
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Hello Sailor in 1977: Dave McArtney, Lisle Kinney, Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon, Ricky Ball
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Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier with Hello Sailor at Auckland's Gluepot, 1978
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Gutter Black
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Live, 1978
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Harry Lyon, Auckland University Café, 1977
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Winning Ticket
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1977 Hello Sailor tour schedule as supplied to the band and media, promoting their debut album
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Dave McArtney and Harry Lyon with producer Rob Aickin (standing) and manager David Gapes. Stebbing Recording Studios 1977/78
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Trivia:

In 1975 in Hotlicks magazine (No.19) Hello Sailor were described as – “Vamp rock, not to be confused with camp rock".

Hello Sailor’s early (circa 1975) on stage gimmick was to share their stage with ornamental antiques, such as chrome deco lampshades, pot plants and furniture provided by Peter Rogers of 20th Century Antiques of Ponsonby Road.

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Members:

Graham Brazier - vocals, saxophone, harmonica

Harry Lyon - guitar, vocals

Stuart Pearce - keyboards

Lisle Kinney - bass

Dave McArtney - guitar, vocals

Ricky Ball - drums

Paul Woolright - bass

Gordon Joll - drums

Neil Hannan - bass

Tony Lumsden - bass

Graeme Turner - drums