Al Hunter Profile

Chris Bourke
21 Jan 2014

After over a decade making a name for himself in Auckland clubs as a singer of blues, R&B, and rock and roll, Al Hunter made a crucial decision. In 1980 he decided to devote himself to his first love, country music.

It may not have seemed a good career move at the time, when post-punk bands were filling inner-city venues. But by staying true to his instincts, Hunter became one of New Zealand’s most respected singers. 

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The Al Hunter Band on the set of Saturday Live, late 1980s. Left to right: Red McKelvie, Al Hunter, Bruce King, Cath Newhook, Alastair Dougal.
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Al Hunter, 2001
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Al Hunter wins award for Best Country album at the 1994 NZ Music Awards for The Singer
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Al Hunter performing Neon Cowboy on Episode 2 of Dixie Chicken (1987)
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Al Hunter at The Gluepot, October 1992
Photo credit: Photo by Alan Fon
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Al Hunter and Jodi Vaughan performing on Episode 2 of Dixie Chicken
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Cruise Lane and backing choir in the band room at the Embers, 1972. Left to right, Paul Lee, Shirley Hunter, Claude Radics, Kaye Wolfgramm, Peter Kershaw, Tony Pilcher, Josie Rika (front), Al Hunter, Pauline.
Photo credit: Peter Kershaw collection
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Al at the 2001 APRA Silver Scrolls
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The 1987 album Neon Cowboy
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Al Hunter on the South Island's West Coast with Auckland-based, US-born pedal-steel guitarist Glenn R Campbell, touring with the Warratahs, Winter 1993
Photo credit: Photo by Chris Bourke
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Gary's Song - live on 23 August 2013 at The Old Lodge Hall, Hokitika
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The Al Hunter Band on the set of Saturday Live, late 1980s. Left to right: Red McKelvie, Bruce King, Al Hunter, Cath Newhook, Alastair Dougal
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In the late 1980s the Al Hunter Band takes shape in the Shakespeare Tavern, Auckland. From 1989, with Bruce King on drums, they would hold court at the King's Arms. From left: Cath Newhook, Alastair Dougal, Red McKelvie (front) and Al Hunter.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Cruise Lane in the Embers courtyard, 1972. Left to right, Paul Lee, Peter Kershaw, Tony Pilcher, Al Hunter, Kaye Wolfgramm, Claude Radics.
Photo credit: Al Hunter collection
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The Singer (1993)
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I Dont Wanna Go to Work Today
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Al Hunter, Dave Dobbyn and Alastair Dougal at the Rip It Up 100th issue party, October 1985
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Publicity shot for Neon Cowboy, 1987
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Pagan publicity photo
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Ian Morris and Al Hunter, 1989
Photo credit: Photo by Chris Bourke
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Cold Hard Winter (1997)
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Bryan Staff, Chris Bourke, Al Hunter and CBS Records' Tony Smith in the late 1980s
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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