Frankie Stevens Profile

aka Frankie Stevenson, Francis Stevenson
Murray Cammick
22 Nov 2014

In 1966, at the age of 16, Frankie Stevens left Upper Hutt behind and joined expat group Peter Nelson and The Castaways in Sydney. Four years later Stevens moved to London, where he released 12 singles during the 1970s and performed in the UK, Europe, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Canada.

Frankie finished the decade as the headliner at Honolulu’s Royal Hawaiian Hotel, just as his teenage brother Jon, was enjoying two No.1 records back-to-back in New Zealand.

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London Playgirl Revue at The Sands in Las Vegas, 1971
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Frankie Stevens and his father Robert Stevenson, 1969
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
A 1975 CBS publicity shot
Frankie Stevens in the mid-1970s
At the Upper Hutt Rugby Gym with local stars The Bitter End. Second from left is Frankie Stevens, then guitarist and singer with In-Sect.
Photo credit: Photo by Wilfred Revelle Jackson
Frankie Stevens and fans at the Royal Hawaiian, 1979. This couple came to see Frankie once a month.
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
The Castaways featuring Frankie Stevens – Angelica
Flyer for The Monarch Room, Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
The reverse of the flyer for the May 1978 dates at London's Talk Of The Town
Frankie Stevens, Sydney 1969
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Frankie Stevens at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 1979
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
The advert for the Monarch Room at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Come On And Rock Me, the first single for the UK Magnet label in 1978
Frankie Stevens in The London Room, 1971
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Leave The World Alone, Frankie's debut single for York Records
Frankie Stevens and dancers at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 1979
Frankie Stevens 1970
Frankie Stevens with Liberace in Las Vegas in 1974
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Taken in Frankie Stevens' dressing room at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in 1979, (L to R) Charles Mather (Frankie Stevens' manager), Coronado Aquino (Maître D, Monarch Room), Tom Jones and Frankie Stevens.
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Frankie Stevens' uncle Joe Ward-Holmes with The New Zealanders (also known as The NZ-ers and The Aotearoa Quintet) in 1951. The band was the prototype for the Māori showband pehenomena.
Frankie Stevens, Sydney 1966
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
The flyer for the May 1978 dates at London's Talk Of The Town
Frankie Stevens and dancers at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 1979
Frankie Stevens in January 1970, a month before he went to the UK
Photo credit: From the files of The Evening Post / National Library of New Zealand
Frankie Stevens in the NZ Truth, 1978
The Castaways with US pop star Del Shannon in Sydney, Frankie Stevens second from left
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Tessie O'Shea hosted the 1971 London Playgirl Revue with Frankie Stevens
Frankie Stevens in Sydney with manager Doug Henderson and New Zealand singer David Laplance
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Frankie Stevens' uncle Joe Ward-Holmes performing with New Zealand's first Māori showband, The New Zealanders
Frankie Stevens - My Elusive Dreams
There She Goes Again from 1976
Dancing In The Moonlight, the second single for UK label Magnet
Frankie Stevens with Merv Griffin in Hawaii
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
The US music press reviews Frankie in July 1971
Frankie Stevens in London, 1971
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
A Christmas show back in New Zealand in the early 1980s
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Frankie Stevens in 1966
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
In-Sect, one of several pre-Fourmyula bands, 1966. At the rear on the guitar is Frankie Stevens.
Photo credit: Mark Nicolle collection
The 2009 Frankie Stevens singles collection
The Castaways in Sydney,1968. L to R: Doug Petrie, Doug Henderson, Len Ormsby and Lance Dixon with Frankie Stevens in front.
Las Vegas, 1971: Frankie Stevens, John Rowles and Max Cryer get together while all three were performing simultaneously in the city. 
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
My Elusive Dreams, the 1969 New Zealand gold single recorded in Sydney with producer Mike Perjanik
An early 1970s publicity shot
Frankie Stevens in London in 1971
The In-Sects (sic) make the local Upper Hutt paper, mid-1965
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson
Frankie Stevens in Puerto Rico, 1973
Photo credit: Frankie Stevens collection
Labels:

HMV


CBS


Polydor


Magnet


M.A.M.


York