Hello Sailor Profile

Murray Cammick
29 May 2013

The perception of Hello Sailor has changed over the years – for some they are a band that has been together forever and their fame is based only on radio hits like ‘Blue Lady’ and ‘Gutter Black’.

But back in the day they were primarily known for their live gigs, rockin’ the nation, one pub at a time. They have spent more time apart than together.

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Hello Sailor’s second album, originally released in 1978, just prior to the ill-fated trip to Los Angeles
A 1985 Zulu/CBS publicity shot: Dave McArtney, Ricky Ball, Harry Lyon, Graham Brazier
The debut album from 1977. Designed by Peter Adams, the inside of the original foldout LP cover featured band photos by Eldred Stebbing’s son Vaughan.
Dave McArtney writes to Rip It Up from Los Angeles, 1978
Dr Jazz (with Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey A Go Go, LA 1978)
Hello Sailor - Blue Lady (with Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey A Go Go, LA 1978)
Gold Discs for the Hello Sailor album
Gutter Black & Billy Bold (Play It Strange concert at The St James Theatre 2004)
Hello Sailor - Never Fade Away
The original press release for the second Hello Sailor album, announcing they were off to LA. Plus Golden Harvest are following their footsteps, although it's unclear exactly how.
Lying in the Sand
The touring band for the 1985 Hello Sailor Shipshape & Bristol Fashion album: Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon, Neil Hannan, Dave McArtney, Ricky Ball and Tim Wedde
New Tattoo
Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier with Hello Sailor at Auckland's Gluepot, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Marc Hunter and Graham Brazier, Great Western Festival Jan 15, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Hello Sailor at The Gluepot for $2!
Ian Morris and Rob Aickin recording the debut Hello Sailor album at Stebbing Studios, 6 June, 1977
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dave McArtney with Hello Sailor, Windsor Castle, Parnell, Auckland 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
1977 Hello Sailor tour schedule as supplied to the band and media, promoting their debut album
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Sailor's Voyage (2007, part 1 of 4) - NZ On Screen
Live, 1978
Gutter Black (Campbell Live, 19 Dec 2008)
Page two of Dave McArtney's letter from LA, 1979.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Son Of Sam (Live in LA 1978)
Graham Brazier, Auckland University Café, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
Hello Sailor, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
Harry Lyon, Auckland University Café, 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
Originally intended for advertising use, this image by Phil Peacock shows Karyn Hay during her Radio With Pictures prime, with several leading New Zealand musicians of the era. It became the cover of Rip It Up's December 1983 issue.
Dave McArtney, Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon performing Son of Sam - Mainstreet, 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Graham Brazier, late 1970s
More awards - Dave McArtney, Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon
1977 'Blue Lady' poster designed by Peter Adams
Photo credit: Ian Morris Archives. Design: Peter Adams
Gutter Black
Blue Lady
Hello Sailor in 1977: Dave McArtney, Lisle Kinney, Graham Brazier, Harry Lyon, Ricky Ball
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Templer
Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier, July 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Fugitive For Love
Late 1970s Hello Sailor poster designed by Ian McDougall
Photo credit: Mike Corless Collection. Design: Ian McDougall
1976
Winning Ticket