Paul Walden Profile

Grant Gillanders
18 May 2014

Paul Walden grew up in a large musical family, by the banks of the Whanganui River. His father, Ben Tamatea Walden, was a talented singer, pianist, dancer and juggler and tutored his four children. By the age of four Walden was singing on stage with his twin brother and his two sisters, mainly hymns and traditional Māori music.

After leaving secondary school Walden joined his sister Mary's dance band in Wellington, where he soon came to the notice of radio stations 2ZB and 2YA, who placed him on several radio shows.

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A Paul Walden in-store at Wisemans Records, Queen Street, Auckland, 1958
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Paul Walden in 1958 with Len Doran, Denny Mahn, Walden and John Mahn
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Paul Walden rocking in the late 1950s
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HMV's reference for Paul on his trio to the UK in 1959
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Paul Walden, mid 1960s. The damaged print is autographed for Garth Young and his wife Maurine
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A rock and roll extravaganza in Palmerston North with Paul Walden and Max Merritt & The Meteors
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1958 HMV ad
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The 2013 Paul Walden reissue CD
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Paul Walden in Tauranga
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Paul Walden, Christmas 1962, town unknown
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Paul Walden in HMV studios, Wellington
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Paul Walden, singer, at the drum kit - Wellington, early 1960s
Photo credit: Don Peat
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Rocking out in Tauranga
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1958 HMV publicity shot
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Paul Walden, 1960s
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HMV publicity shot
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Paul Walden, with guitar, and an unknown entertainer - the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s
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In Gisborne for the 1967 Miss New Zealand tour
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
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Paul Walden
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John Hore and Paul Walden - A 1966 duet album released by Joe Brown to coincide with the Miss New Zealand tour the pair were performing as part of.
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Paul Walden in Hamilton in the late 1950s
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