Hammond Gamble Profile

John Dix
20 Sep 2015

Unassuming and self-effacing, Hammond Gamble has always been an unlikely star. During the heyday of Street Talk and the Hammond Gamble Band, performing to adoring fans, he wouldn’t even leave the stage at night’s end, hanging around in case an encore was demanded.

Laid back doesn’t start to describe Hammond Gamble. In 1980, a guest of Hammond and wife Sue in Auckland, I attended a Street Talk performance at Mainstreet. Backstage, Hammond pulled me aside and asked me to take home his guitar, the familiar black Strat propped in the corner; he had to sneak away. It turned out that the rather comely young lady who had inveigled her way into the band’s dressing room had her sights firmly set on the bandleader. Uncomfortable with her attention but too polite to risk offence, he chose a discreet exit.

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Street Talk - Back In The Bad Old Days
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Hammond Gamble in the late 1970s
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Hammond Gamble - Leaving the Country (live at Mainstreet, 1984)
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk, Windsor Castle, 1978
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Hammond Gamble - Midnight (live at the Penguin Club, Oamaru, 1996)
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Gary McCormick and Hammond Gamble, 2001
Photo credit: Upper Hutt Library
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk at Albert Park, 1975. Stuart Pearce is behind.
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All-Stars Play the Blues end of tour dinner at Christchurch, 1984. Rear, left to right, Dennis Ryan, Hammond Gamble, Beaver, Wilko Johnson, Jane West, Neil Edwards, Paul Walker, Midge Marsden, Mike Farrell. Front, Walter Bianco, Sonny Day, Paul Hewson.
Photo credit: Photo by Wiiliam West. Courtesy of Paul Walker.
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Graham Brazier and Hammond Gamble at the 1994 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Hammond Gamble on Dixie Chicken (1987)
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Hammond Gamble, 1976
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Every Whisper Shouts was Hammond Gamble's second album, released via Jayrem on manager Brian Jones' label CSM
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk, 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Hammond Gamble with Street Talk at Albert Park, 1975
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Hammond Gamble, 2008
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Hammond Gamble, 2015
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Hammond Gamble - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (live at Mainstreet, Auckland, 1984)
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Hammond Gamble, 1981
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Harry Lyon (Hello Sailor), Graham Brazier (Hello Sailor), Hammond Gamble, Charlie Morrison (manager of the Cabana), Lisle Kinney (Hello Sailor), Paul Jamieson and Lyn Buchanan (Hello Sailor) in the mid-1980s at Napier's Cabana Hotel
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Midge Marsden and Hammond Gamble, 2008
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Hammond Gamble in 2012 with Grant Winterburn
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Hammond Gamble's Plugged In And Blue, recorded at Auckland's Gluepot in 1994
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Hammond Gamble and Friends - You Make The Whole World Smile (NZ Red Nose Day song, 1992)
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Harry Lyon, Hammond Gamble and Graham Brazier at The Cabana, Napier, 1984
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2008's Ninety Mile Days, released on Liberation
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Hammond Gamble with Mike Caen and Rikki Morris at Rikki's studio The Bus in 2006 whilst recording Hammond's Recollection
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Hammond Gamble's 1983 Telethon charity single, released via RCA
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Bernie Darby and Ray Columbus with Hammond Gamble who had just won the 1984 Silver Scroll for 'Look What Midnight's Done To Me'
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 Sue and Hammond Gamble
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Hammond Gamble, 1981
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Hammond Gamble, 2006
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Hammond Gamble, 2015
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Hammond Gamble with the Allstars at the Powerstation, Auckland, 2011
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Labels:

WEA


Asylum Records


CSM Records


Festival


Liberation Blue

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Hammond Gamble's debut solo album, released via WEA in 1981