Graham Brazier Profile

Chris Bourke
6 Sep 2015

In the early 80s, Graham Brazier would joke, at times from the stage, about being a legend in his own lunchtime. He had humility, but also awareness that he was a larger than life character. It was a fulltime role that he mostly enjoyed. His friends shared the quip, they knew it was a joke. He was already a genuine legend.

It was as though Brazier had to hurry his achievements along, because he may not be there for dinner. After he first stepped on stage in the early 1970s, playing country blues, Brazier quickly became renowned for his unsurpassed talents as a performer, singer and songwriter. Notoriety for other pursuits may have dominated perceptions of him among the wider public. But not for anyone who witnessed him front Hello Sailor in any of its incarnations – acoustic songsmiths or swashbuckling rock’n’roll pirates – or his days ashore, playing solo or with backing bands, or telling tall stories behind the counter of his mother’s bookstore.

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Graham Brazier publicity shot, 1987
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Graham Brazier's 2004 album East Of Eden
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Graham Brazier, Auckland University Café, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
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The poster for the 1982 Legionnaires show recorded by Radio With Pictures and released as a live album
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A 1984 line-up of Graham Brazier' s Legionnaires
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Hello Sailor - Blue Lady
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Graham Brazier and Dave McArtney at the 1982 APRA Silver Scrolls where both were nominated, Graham Brazier for Billy Bold and Dave McArtney for Is That the Way?
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Hello Sailor - Watch Your Back
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Graham Brazier at a private Xmas party in LA with Hello Sailor
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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An outtake from the East of Eden photoshoot
Photo credit: Photo by Syreeta Hewson
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Graham Brazier, 2001
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Graham Brazier in the late 2000s
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The poster for the 1987 album Brazier
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Graham Brazier - Billy Bold (1981)
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Graham Brazier at The Whisky in LA with Hello Sailor
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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Graham Brazier and his mother Christine, with Graham's high-school athletics certificate. 
Photo credit: Bryan Staff
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Closing Time (2011)
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One of the everchanging line-ups of Brazier's Legionnaires
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Graham Brazier and Hello Sailor's graphic designer, Peter Adams
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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Graham Brazier at a 1980s RIANZ awards show
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An outtake from the East of Eden photoshoot
Photo credit: Photo by Syreeta Hewson
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Graham Brazier, late 1970s
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Graham Brazier's classic 1981 album Inside Out
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An outtake from the East of Eden photoshoot
Photo credit: Photo by Syreeta Hewson
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Graham Brazier and Dave McArtney on the set of Outrageous Fortune, 2006
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Graham Brazier at Sweetwaters 1984
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Ganley
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Graham Brazier at the 1994 New Zealand Music Awards
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Graham Brazier - Gone For Good (from East Of Eden, 2004)
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The final line-up of The Legionnaires with Dave McArtney and Harry Lyon – Hello Sailor in all but name
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Graham Brazier at The Troubador in LA with Hello Sailor, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
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An outtake from the East of Eden photoshoot
Photo credit: Photo by Syreeta Hewson
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Graham Brazier live in the late 1970s
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Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier, July 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier at the 1998 Silver Scrolls
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The cover artwork for Graham Brazier's 1987 album
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Marc Hunter and Graham Brazier, Great Western Festival Jan 15, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Graham Brazier and Hammond Gamble at the 1994 APRA Silver Scrolls
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