Hugh Lynn Profile

Murray Cammick
22 Aug 2014

Hugh Lynn was the master of the outdoor concert. In 1983 he promoted a David Bowie concert at Western Springs that drew a record-setting crowd of 82,500. During that same decade he also guided the career of Herbs and released their Pacific reggae recordings on his Warrior label.

This boom and bust of the 1980s decade would define the man, but Hugh Lynn’s entertainment empire, which included dance studios, nightclubs, a security company, concert promotion and a recording studio, had its roots in the 1960s.

Show more +
ImageableImage
Hero thumb top201
Hugh Lynn in the Top 20, 1967
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hughlynn bizcard inside
A list of Hugh Lynn's companies on the inside of his early 1980s business card. These were all folded in the early 1990s when Hugh decided to take a break from the business.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hughlynn stevie advance car
Hugh Lynn and the Stevie Wonder tour "advance car" across the road from the RipItUp offices in Auckland's Darby Street, early 1981
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hughlynnphone 1986
Hugh Lynn, 1986
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hughlynn top20 ad circa1967 2
The Top 20 in 1967 - Hugo's Platter Party
ImageableImage
Hero thumb 2014
Hugh Lynn on the East Coast in 2014
ImageableImage
Hero thumb 0084 a1 page20 realgroove magazineaugust2000 rev 1000ke11
Hugh Lynn at the Top 20 in 1967
ImageableImage
Hero thumb h4
In Sydney in the early 1960s. Hugh Lynn was the undefeated Latin American Ballroom Dancing champion of New Zealand between 1961 and 1966
ImageableImage
Hero thumb top203
The aspiring promoter, 1966
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hughlynn fromfuntobigbusinessjanuary19 1967
Hugh Lynn in the Stratford News in 1967
ImageableImage
Hero thumb h3
Hugh Lynn dancing in 1957, aged 14
ImageableImage
Hero thumb 1990
Hugh Lynn in 1990, the year he retreated from the music business
ImageableImage
Hero thumb albi sweetwaters
Eden Security's Alby Carr at Sweetwaters, year unknown
ImageableImage
Hero thumb bowie
David Bowie at Western Springs – 80,000+ people in 1983
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hugh crazyshirts appareldec75 1
The team at Hugh Lynn's Crazy Shirts in Queen Street in 1975
ImageableImage
Hero thumb cmon1
The set of C'mon in 1967. Hugh Lynn is standing on the right.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb h1
Hugh Lynn, the young performer, in 1949
ImageableImage
Hero thumb mid 70s
Hugh Lynn in the mid-70s
ImageableImage
Hero thumb sunshop
Sunshop in Queen Street, just up from the Town Hall, was the popular retail outlet for Hugh Lynn's Crazy Shirts business, with a range of T-shirts, bags, posters and other hip gear of the era.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dd2
A flyer for Diamond Dogs, Auckland's first punk club. Hugh Lynn admitted he didn't understand or like what he saw and it lasted only two weeks.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hugh first pauldainty concert 1975
The first Paul Dainty concert promoted by Hugh Lynn was the Rick Wakeman show at Auckland's Western Springs in 1975. A sellout, the former Yes keyboardist performed his ponderous Six Wives Of Henry The VIII.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hughlynn 5years
Five year old Hugh Lynn in 1948
ImageableImage
Hero thumb 1970 73
Hugh Lynn in the early 1970s
EmbeddableItem EmbeddableItem! type = Person
Hero thumb mqdefault
Rare 1987 footage of Hugh Lynn.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb dd1
The poster for the opening of the first punk club in Auckland, Diamond Dogs, in February 1978. The club was shortlived and soon renamed Gobbles Disco.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hugh 4bands tour ad riu july86
Hugh Lynn's four-band tour in 1986, headlined by Herbs. Hugh Lynn was a driving force in the renaissance of Māori music in the 1970s and 1980s, with his Mascot Studios providing cheap recording time to the likes of Dalvanius, Prince Tui Teka and many others.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb h5
A 1966 advert for Hugh Lynn's Eden Health Club
ImageableImage
Hero thumb h2
Young Hugh, aged about seven
ImageableImage
Hero thumb hughlynn top20 ad circa1967 1
An advert for the Top 20 Club in 1967. The compere, Hugo, was Hugh Lynn and he also ran the security.
ImageableImage
Hero thumb 2010
Hugh Lynn in Indonesia, 2010
ImageableImage
Hero thumb h6
Advertisement for Hugh Lynn's Eden Defence School
ImageableImage
Hero thumb jrcnzmusician 055
Hugh Lynn in 1987
3 col el, class=Trivia::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Trivia:

Hugh Lynn was the undefeated New Zealand Latin American Champion from 1961 to 1966. In Sydney in 1964 Lynn and dance partner Pamela Hotchkins were placed 6th in the world in Latin American at the World Amateur Ballroom Championship.

When Eden Security required only one man for a job, it was the gentle giant Alby Carr who would politely ensure that the guest list was observed at music industry events. Carr worked for Hugh Lynn for 20 years and he was also Lynn’s archivist, regularly stowing copies of all concert posters, ephemera etc, safely under Lynn’s house.

One of Hugh Lynn’s lower profile businesses was a guard dog training school. The Gorseland Kennels were run by two former police dog handlers.

3 col el, class=RelatedPage::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy 3 col el, class=ExternalLink::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy 3 col el, class=LabelPerson::ActiveRecord_Associations_CollectionProxy
Labels:

Maui


Warrior