Bruno Lawrence Profile

Gary Steel
12 May 2013

Ask the average New Zealander and they’ll tell you Bruno Lawrence was that bald guy from Smash Palace. But while Bruno was a successful actor, his abiding legacy is as one of our most valuable music legends.

Okay, the word "legend" is over-used, but at the least, Lawrence was larger than life, and one of those characters about whom stories run rife.

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Bruno Lawrence and Geoff Murphy on the set of The Quiet Earth, 1984
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Rochelle Vinsen and band performing at Librettos guitarist Lou Parun’s 21st birthday party. Bruno Lawrence is on drums and Garth Young on piano.
The Crocodiles - Tears
David Charles "Bruno" Lawrence, flanked by Hymie Levin, left, and Slim Dorwood: at the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s. 
Photo credit: Don Peat
Bruno receives a NZ music award on behalf of Sharon O'Neill for the Best Soundtrack album, 1983
Tommy Adderley at the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s. From left: Mary Larkin, Slim Dorward, Hymie Levin, Bruno Lawrence, Tommy Adderley and Garth Young. 
Photo credit: Don and Beatrice Peat/Garth Young collection
The Crocodiles - Any Day Of The Week
BLERTA with Fane Flaws on the roof and Bruno on drums
Photo credit: Fane Flaws collection
Bruno Lawrence in Quiet Earth
Quincy Conserve in 1970: Left to right, top to bottom: Rufus Rehu, Denys Mason, Johnny McCormick, Bruno Lawrence, Kevin Furey, Malcolm Hayman, Dave Orams
Bruno Lawrence, Jools Topp and Tama Renata
Shane and Zonk! come clean - with Bruno Lawrence in the middle
Bruno Lawrence singing and drumming with BLERTA
Photo credit: Photo by Robin White
Bruno Lawrence teaches Garth Young the bongos - the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s
Photo credit: Don Peat
From left, singer Mary Larkin, drummer Bruno Lawrence, Garth Young and bassist Slim Dorward - at the Pines, Wellington early 1960s
Trivia:

In 1970 HMV banned Bruno from their studios, thus preventing him drumming on Shane Hales' Straight, Straight, Straight album. Producer Alan Galbraith used Richard Burgess instead.

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