Rick Bryant Profile

Andrew Schmidt
3 Aug 2013

With a musical upbringing that encompasses rhythm and blues, electric blues, acid rock and psychedelic soul, Rick Bryant's lengthy career stands as a testament to the US soul, R&B and gospel singers he admires.

Rick Bryant first hit the Wellington live scene in 1968, performing in the Pretty Things-inspired rhythm and blues band Original Sin and Chicago-blues act Gutbucket.

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Rough Justice - Tony Backhouse and Martin Highland
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The Rough Justice bus
Photo credit: Nick Bollinger collection
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Rick Bryant and The Jive Bombers - Too Funky (1984, Wellington Town Hall)
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Rick Bryant and The Jive Bombers - Morning (2006)
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Gutbucket, left to right: Bill Lake sitting in on harp, Lawrence Cooper, Steve Hemmens, Mike Fullerton, Rick Bryant, Bernard Schmidt. 
Photo credit: Rick Bryant collection
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Windy City Strugglers - Snow On The Desert Road
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Rick Bryant, Martin Highland, Nick Bollinger
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The Neighbours Mk.2
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Blacksoap Boys live
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Rick Bryant with Mammal, The Great Ngaruawahia Festival, 1973
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
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Rick Bryant at The Gluepot, 1985
Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Ganley
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Rough Justice at Wellington's Last Resort: Stephen Jessup, Mike Gubb, Peter Boyd, Rick Bryant, Nick Bollinger and Peter Kennedy
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Rough Justice on their first trip to Auckland, 1977. Left to right: Steve Jessup, Peter Kennedy, Rick Bryant, Simon Page, Nick Bollinger, Martin Highland
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Rough Justice 1979, left to right: Dennis Mason, Rick, Nick Bollinger, Tony Backhouse
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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The Rough Justice 2014 reunion shows
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The Windy City Strugglers, 1995. From left: Andrew Delahunty, Bill Lake, Andrew Delahunty, Rick Bryant, Nick Bollinger, and Geoff Rashbrooke. 
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Rick Bryant and his band at Mountain Rock III, January 1994
Photo credit: Photo by Scruff
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Gutbucket publicity flyer, 1969
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The Neighbours - The Only One You Need (directed by Gaylene Preston, featuring Rick Bryant as a police constable)
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Bill Lake and Rick Bryant
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Top Scientists, circa 1980: Rick Bryant, Michael Polglase, John Malloy, Gary Langsford, Alastair Dougal
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Original Sin, Battle of the Bands, Hart Hall, Lower Hutt, 1967. L to R: Rick Bryant, Norm McPherson, Rod Bryant, Aff Fraser, Simon Morris, Bill Lake.
Photo credit: Buchanan Studios
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Trudi Green, Rick Bryant and one of the changing Neighbours lineups, around 1983
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Rough Justice, circa 1978: Rick Bryant, Martin Highland and Nick Bollinger
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Colin Hogg reviews the debut performance of Rick Bryant and the Jive Bombers, Auckland Star, 1983
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Rick Bryant
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Ephemera from 1984, when Rick Bryant's Jive Bombers were at their peak - and sponsored by Smirnoff. 
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Rick Bryant and The Jive Bombers - Hold Back The Night (2013)
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Rough Justice - Martin Highland, Peter Kennedy, Nick Bollinger, Rick Bryant, Steven Jessup, Mike Gubb, Peter Boyd
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Rough Justice in 1978. Clockwise from top left: Rick Bryant, Peter Kennedy, Martin Highland, Nick Bollinger, Mike Gubb and Steve Jessup.
Photo credit: Nick Bollinger collection
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The Neighbours Mk.1
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
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Rough Justice in 1978 at Victoria University's Student Union
Photo credit: Nick Bollinger collection
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Joe Wylie's Rough Justice poster, late 1970s
Photo credit: Design by Joe Wylie
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The Rick Bryant Trio - Countdown
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Rick Bryant sings 'Testify' with the Jubilation Choir, 2008
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The Windy City Strugglers - Unlikely Friends
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The Windy City Strugglers - Can't Get Back
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Pain In My Heart (1986)
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The Neighbours
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
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The Neighbours - Love Is Never Cruel (1981)
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The Neighbours - The Only One You Need (1982, from the Neighbours' 10-minute Break The Bank short - directed by Gaylene Preston)
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Trivia:

In 2000, Bumper Books published 32 of his lyrics as a collection called Clever Monkeys.

The Windy City Strugglers were the subject of the Costa Botes-directed 2005 documentary, Struggle No More.