The Newsounds Profile

Grant Gillanders
22 May 2013

After being made redundant from Freddie Keil And The Kavaliers, Billy Belton taught himself to play bass and joined The Newsounds formed by guitarist Al Patchett, who had retired his earlier Al Paget Sextet.

Ray Woolf had retired from the music scene two years previously and was coaxed back by Billy to front the group. Joining the group alongside Billy, Ray and Al, were Ian Laird (drums) and a brass section of Rod Gibson on sax and classically trained trombonist Brian Biddick.

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The Newsounds in 1966 Billy Belton, Ray Woolf, Ian Laird and Al Patchett
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The Newsounds with Billy Belton, Al Patchett, Laurie Simpson and Ian Laird
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The Newsounds on an inner-city Auckland rooftop, with Ian Laird, Rod Gibson, Billy Belton, Brian Biddick and Al Patchett. Ray Woolf is sitting to the left but for some reason was cut off the print.
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Members:

Ray Woolf - rhythm guitar, vocals

Alex Patchett - lead guitar

Billy Belton - bass

Rod Gibson - saxophone

Brian Biddick - trombone

Ian Laird - drums

Laurie Simpson - keyboards