Barry Leef Profile

Keith Newman
6 Oct 2015

After chart topping success with mid-60s Wellington pop band The Simple Image, singer and guitarist Barry Leef crossed the Tasman and became one of Australia’s most sought after session singers and admired band leaders.

The former Blenheim boy, who was at one stage in the running to join Frank Zappa’s band, reckons he was too much of a perfectionist to make it as a solo recording artist. Yet his voice is known across Australia on dozens of high rotate TV and radio jingles. 

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Barry Leef in the 1970s
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Barry Leef in Sydney in the 1970s
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Retaliation with Phil Pritchard, Nicky Bagnall, Barry Leef and Mike Darby, about to head to Melbourne and Sydney in 1969
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Barry Leef (second from left) in a pre-Simple Image band, The Shades, in Blenheim
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Barry Leef - Don't Let Me Down (live in 2009)
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Barry Leef
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Harry Leki, Barry Leef, Gordon Wylie, Ron Gascoigne
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Barry Leef at Ali Baba's Wellington, circa 1969
Photo credit: Kevin Furey collection
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Barry Leef and bassist Victor Rounds
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Retaliation in Wellington: Nicky Bagnall, Barry Leef, Phil Pritchard and Mike Darby
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Barry Leef - Standing On Shaky Ground (2009)
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The Simple Image at The Sydney Stadium in 1970 with members of The Four Tops: Wayne Allen is second from the left, centre front is Barry Leef, behind him is Cass Gascoigne and second from right is Harry Leki.
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Barry Leef - I'm A Man (live, 2009)
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Barry Leef at HMV Studios
Photo credit: Photo by Barry Clothier. Grant Gillanders Collection
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