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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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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A 1985 Zulu/CBS publicity shot: Dave McArtney, Ricky Ball, Harry Lyon, Graham Brazier
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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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Sailor's Voyage (2007, part 1 of 4) - NZ On Screen
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Fugitive For Love
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Winning Ticket
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Harry Lyon, Auckland University Café, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
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Hello Sailor, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
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Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier with Hello Sailor at Auckland's Gluepot, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Gold Discs for the Hello Sailor album
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Dave McArtney, Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon performing Son of Sam - Mainstreet, 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Marc Hunter and Graham Brazier, Great Western Festival Jan 15, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Ian Morris and Rob Aickin recording the debut Hello Sailor album at Stebbing Studios, 6 June, 1977
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier, July 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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1976
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Dave McArtney writes to Rip It Up from Los Angeles, 1978
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Ricky Ball, Harry Lyon, Graham Brazier, Dave McArtney, Lisle Kinney, a publicity shot from 1985
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Graham Brazier, Auckland University Café, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
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1977 Hello Sailor tour schedule as supplied to the band and media, promoting their debut album
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Originally intended for advertising use, this image by Phil Peacock shows Karyn Hay during her Radio With Pictures prime, with several leading New Zealand musicians of the era. It became the cover of Rip It Up's December 1983 issue.
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Hello Sailor - Never Fade Away
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1977 'Blue Lady' poster designed by Peter Adams
Photo credit: Ian Morris Archives. Design: Peter Adams
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The touring band for the 1985 Hello Sailor Shipshape & Bristol Fashion album: Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon, Neil Hannan, Dave McArtney, Ricky Ball and Tim Wedde
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Graham Brazier, late 1970s
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New Tattoo
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Auckland University Gym after a Hello Sailor gig - late 1970s
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Hello Sailor at The Gluepot for $2!
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Lying in the Sand
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Live, 1978
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Blue Lady
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Lisle Kinney, Windsor Castle, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
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Late 1970s Hello Sailor poster designed by Ian McDougall
Photo credit: Mike Corless Collection. Design: Ian McDougall
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Page two of Dave McArtney's letter from LA, 1979.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Gutter Black
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Gutter Black (Campbell Live, 19 Dec 2008)
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Gutter Black & Billy Bold (Play It Strange concert at The St James Theatre 2004)
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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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Son Of Sam (Live in LA 1978)
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Dave McArtney and Harry Lyon with producer Rob Aickin (standing) and manager David Gapes. Stebbing Recording Studios 1977/78
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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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