Allison Durbin Profile

David Herkt
1 Jul 2013

Allison Durbin’s ‘I Have Loved Me A Man’ is one of the finest recordings ever made in New Zealand, period.

With a versatile, powerhouse voice, Durbin rose to the top of the charts during New Zealand’s golden age of female pop singers. Her career included a dramatic rise to Australasian success, followed by an equally dramatic and darker fall.

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Allison’s second album, Soft And Soulful, recorded in Australia following her move there in 1969. The album was produced by then-husband Howard Gable.
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World Of Music
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Allison Durbin - Can't Get Over You (1992)
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Allison at Wellington's Downtown Club, 11 January, 1969 with dancer Barbara Deans at the end of the Loxene Golden Disc Tour
Photo credit: Courtesy of Barbara Fraser
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Allison Durbin sings Looking Through a Tear on 1969 TV show A Girl To Watch Music By
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Allison Durbin - Put Your Hand In The Hand
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I Have Loved Me A Man (Australian live performance)
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Allison Durbin sings Eso Besso on 1969 TV show A Girl To Watch Music By
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2003 interview and career overview
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Allison Durbin and Johnny Farnham - Green Green Grass and Nobody Knows
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Elton John, Liberace, Allison Durbin, Johnny Farnham - Australian King of Pop Awards, 1971
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Allison Durbin with her 1968 silver disc for I Have Loved Me A Man
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Esso Besso (1969)
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The cover art, with photography by Geoffrey Harris, for Allison Durbin’s Amerikan Music, her third and final solo album for EMI. Produced in Sydney by Howard Gable, with engineering by John Sayers, Ernie Rose and Roger Savage.
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River Deep Mountain High
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1967 Impact Records tour programme
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A young Allison Durbin at a talent quest
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A story on Allison Durbin's first single in Countdown magazine. Discovered by Eldred Stebbing at Dave Dunningham's Surfside Ballroom in Milford, Auckland, this single was issued in September 1964 but failed to chart.
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Allison's Howard Gable produced 1968 album is regarded as something of classic, with vocal performances that set new standards in New Zealand pop.
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He Don't Want Your Love Anymore
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Allison Durbin (left), providing free entertainment at Levin North School fiesta. Standing beside her (right) is Brian Blenkhorn of Levin.
Photo credit: Horowhenua Historical Society Inc
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I Have Loved Me A Man
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1968 tour programme
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NZ Woman's Weekly, 1968
Photo credit: NZ Woman's Weekly
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Allison Durbin
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The 1968 Loxene Golden Disc
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Looking Through A Tear
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A Man And A Woman
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Trivia:

Allison Durbin's single 'Don't Come Any Closer' was originally recorded by UK singer Samantha Jones. There's also a French version by Francoise Hardy.

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