The Pleazers Profile

aka The Australian Pleazers
Grant Gillanders
14 Aug 2013

Eldred Stebbing learnt a lot from the Australasian success of Ray Columbus and the Invaders. However, by early 1965 it was starting to look ominous – the group would either head for the USA or break up.

With this in mind, Eldred decided to put his formula to the test and attempt to replicate their success with another group. Eldred's formula was simple: find a group that had done the hard yards, were magnetic on stage, and with a solid rhythm section and the alternating lead/rhythm guitars that worked so well with The Invaders.

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The Pleazers' ony album is amongst the rarest, and therefore most valuable, New Zealand albums ever released
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The Pleazers at The Top 20 in 1965
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The Pleazers at the Galaxie nightclub, Little Queen Street, Auckland
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The 1965 EP, now extremely rare and collectable
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The Pleazers' first NZ gig at the Shiralee - a stunned reaction
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The Pleazers at the Shiralee 1965. L to R: Phantom Robinson, Bob Cooper, Denis Gilmore, Bill Bacon, Peter Newing
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The Pleazers at the Galaxie opening
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Like Columbus Did
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The Pleazers at Physical Culture Hall, Morrinsville – Saturday, April 29, 1967
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The Pleazers arrive in New Zealand, at Whenuapai Airport, 1965
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The Pleazers in Brisbane, 1965. L to R: Denis Gilmore, Bill Bacon, Bob Cooper, Jimmy Cerezo, Peter Newing (Bruce 'Phantom' Robinson is absent)
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Members:

Billy Bacon - vocals

Bob Cooper - vocals

Bruce 'Phantom' Robinson - lead guitar

Shane - vocals

Peter Newing - guitar, vocals

Ron Peel - bass

Gus Fenwick - bass

Denis Gilmore - drums

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