Lew Pryme Profile

Andrew Schmidt
20 May 2013

I doubt anyone compiling a list of New Zealand pop singers most likely to become embroiled in a drug scandal in 1968 would have rated pop vocalist Lew Pryme in their Top 100.

Pop pickers thought Pryme played for the other team where drugs were concerned. But there he was, having to explain away the best song of his career ‘Gracious Lady (Alice Dee)’ which its writer, House of Nimrod’s Bryce Petersen admitted was about LSD.

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An extraordinary meeting of 60s pop talent. Taken in 1966 on the Tom Jones tour (promoted by Phil Warren):(front) Lew Pryme, Larry Morris, (rear) Ray Columbus and Tom Jones.
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Lew Pryme lounging in a mid-1960s Octagon Records publicity shot
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Lew Pryme (right) and broadcaster Pete Sinclair flank Wellington promoter Ken Cooper, c. 1965. 
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Lew Pryme backed by The Soundells at The Downtown Club, Wellington, circa 1966
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Lew Pryme signing a contract in November 1964 with promoter Bruce Warwick
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Lew Pryme meeting royalty in 1970. Behind him are The Hi-Revving Tongues.
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Gracious Lady
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NZ Herald, 14 May, 1965
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A Fullers publicity shot of Lew Pryme
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Lew Pryme backed by The Soundells at The Downtown Club, Wellington, circa 1966
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The late Lew Pryme on an unknown TV show
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Lew in 1966
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Trivia:

Lew Pryme had a deep love of rugby, playing fourth grade for University. His sexuality was largely unknown at the Auckland Rugby Union although he complained in the 1960s of repeated 'late tackles'.

Lew Pryme was co-owner of Backstage, one of Auckland's first gay nightclubs, in the basement of what is now the Q Theatre in Queen Street.

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