John "Yuk" Harrison Profile

aka Yuk Harrison
John Dix
30 Sep 2013

John Harrison’s first band was The Gamblers in 1959, which the following year morphed into Freddie Keil and The Kavaliers. He was unceremoniously sacked during an audition for a national tour, the promoter declaring that the bespectacled dweek presented an unsuitable image. He just didn’t look cool.

John Harrison was to be sacked many times over the years but never again for his appearance, and certainly not for his musicianship. General behaviour was another matter.

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Max Merritt and The Meteors, Adelaide, 1969. L to R: Bob Bertles, Stewart Speer, Max Merritt, Yuk Harrison
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The Embers, early 1960s. Gary Daverne at the rear, Yuk Harrison on the right
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A very under the weather Clefs ...
Photo credit: Barrie McAskill Collection
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The Embers with Frank Gibson Jr. (right) in the mid-1960s. With Frank is bassist Yuk Harrison and jamming guest drummers Roger Sellers and Alan Nash.
Photo credit: Frank Gibson Jr. collection
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Karma's Rock 'N Roll Circus, co-written by and featuring Yuk Harrison (1972)
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Levi Smith's Clefs with Inez Amaya (centre), Yuk Harrison, 1970
Photo credit: Barrie McAskill Collection
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Yuk Harrison wearing just his bass, Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival 1973
Photo credit: Photo by Beve Edgecombe
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Barrie McAskill and Yuk Harrison, Levi Smith's Clefs in 1970
Photo credit: Barrie McAskill Collection
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Ray Columbus and The Invaders doing She's a Mod with the rather animated Yuk Harrison on bass
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Levi Smith's Clefs, 1970, with Yuk Harrison in the centre and Inez Amaya on the left, unknown venue in Australia
Photo credit: Barrie McAskill Collection
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Dave Henry, Yuk Harrison, Joy Yates, Sonny Day, taken at the Shiralee, 1963
Photo credit: Yuk Harrison Collection
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Max Merritt & The Meteors - To Be A Lover (with Yuk Harrison)
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The Brew: Doug Jerebine, Bob Gillett, Tommy Ferguson, Yuk Harrison and Trix Willoughby
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
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Yuk Harrison running a soup kitchen at Nambassa Festival, 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Killip
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