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Hello Sailor

Hello Sailor were a key link in persuading New Zealanders that music could be proudly local, and as exciting as anyone else's. Formed in Ponsonby by Dave McArtney, Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon in 1975, the eclectic rockers won a reputation as an arresting live act in a scene dominated by covers bands and disco. Their 1977 debut was the first album of original Kiwi music to go gold. After time in Los Angeles they disbanded in 1980, Reunions followed, initially as The Legionnaires, and four more albums. A new generation heard them via TV's Outrageous Fortune and Westside. McArtney died 15 April 2013; Brazier on 5 September 2015.