Sharon O’Neill Profile

Murray Cammick
28 May 2013

Sharon O’Neill created songs that our country’s baby boomer generation will never forget but the singer disappeared from view after her 1983 hit ‘Maxine’. She loved working with CBS Records in New Zealand, but went to war with CBS Australia and her career was derailed.

After the four year legal dispute with CBS, O’Neill tried to rebuild her career with two albums for Polydor. But when I met her in an Auckland hotel lounge on a promo trip to Auckland, she was adamant that I hide the magazine with her name on it. The singer who sought fame in the late 70s seemed to value her anonymity a decade later.

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Maxine
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Sharon O'Neill's Australian cover for the single Danger, 1983
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Sharon O'Neill, CBS boss John McCready, Jon Stevens, CBS staffer Gaynor Crawford
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Sharon O'Neill, Merivale, Christchurch 1973
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Jon Stevens and Sharon O'Neill - Don't Let Love Go (1980)
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A mid-1970s, pre CBS, Sharon O'Neill publicity shot
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1980 Sharon O'Neill band with Dave Dobbyn. L to R: Sharon, Brent Thomas, Steve Garden, Dave, Clint Brown
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An outtake from a 1970s CBS publicity shoot
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Sharon O'Neill as part of the 1970 Mobil Song Quest group finalists from Nelson. Sharon O'Neill (middle, front) and Nancy Richman, and accompanists Tony Hale (guitar) and Elston Blain (bass).
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Sharon O'Neill signs her record deal: CBS boss John McCready, Sharon O'Neill, CBS staff Robyn Williams and Gaynor Crawford
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Sharon O'Neill as a presenter at the 1984 NZ Music Awards
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Waiting For You
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Sharon O'Neill
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An outtake from a 1970s CBS publicity shoot. This was used for RipItUp magazine.
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Asian Paradise
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Mid 1970s band
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Sharon O'Neill's APRA Silver Scroll press release
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Ian Morris and Sharon O'Neill backstage at a When The Cat's Away gig on Waiheke in summer 2001/2002, with Ian and Kim Willoughby's kids
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Sharon O'Neill in the NZBC June, 1973, media release for that year's Studio One show 
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Mark Williams and Sharon O'Neill, late 1970s
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An outtake from a 1970s CBS publicity shoot
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'For All The Tea in China', 1981 Australian cover
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Physical Favours
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Trivia:

O’Neill and her partner Alan Mansfield have written songs together for Dragon and the late Robert Palmer.

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