While Hayman receded into ill-health and obscurity with Captain Custard, The 1860 Band – whose name was imaginatively taken from the Lambton Quay tavern at which it held an extended Saturday afternoon residency – kept drinkers happy with a selection of jazz, funk and disco grooves, culminating in the release of their self-titled 1978 debut and swansong, now a sought-after item by rare groove hunters.
More notable for its stellar line-up than for musical achievements, the ensemble was led by trombonist and conductor Rodger Fox who, shortly after the album release, took several members on to the rather more prestigious Rodger Fox Big Band.
Keyboardist Peter Blake went on to write and perform synth-based television theme tunes that etched themselves into the minds of a generation. The guitar and bass playing brothers Martin and Rob Winch (formerly of Auckland jazz-fusion band Dr Tree and rock band Tamburlaine, respectively) carved out a niche as successful session guys and jingle writers before their untimely deaths in 2011 and 2012.
Peter Blake - keyboards
Billy Brown - drums
Rob Winch - bass
Geoff Culverwell - flugelhorn
Dave Pearson - bass
The late Martin Winch hit it big later on in his career with the easy listening Espresso Guitar album in 2002, which hit No.1 on the local charts, and sold over 80,000 copies.