JOHN CAMPION's BIOGRAPHY

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First published in January 2019, last updated March 2019

Year/Band Musician Instrument Recordings Details
1963/Megatones Mike Balcombe Lead Guitar 1963 Zodiac Acetate Originally a Shadows type band and formed by Mike Balcombe in the Sandringham area playing local church, youth club and private functions. City night clubs played at included The Shiralee and Top Twenty.  Mike Balcombe went on to play in The Sierras and The High Revving Tongues and is now living in Melbourne where he runs a Fleetwood Mac tribute band called Gypsy.
Dave Deans Rhythm Guitar 1964 Zodiac Acetates Two Zodiac recordings including Bruce Howard from the La De Da’s on keyboards.  These recordings feature on compilations in later decades.
John Campion Bass NZBC Radio Recordings from the live shows in the NZBC radio theatre.
  Frank Marvin Drums    
         
1965/Trends Mike Balcombe Lead Guitar   Nightclubs played at included The Monaco in Federal Street etc.
  Scott Arnold Rhythm Guitar   Ex Kiwi Four & Tornadoes Wellington
  John Campion Bass    
  Tommy Rogers Vocals    
  Frank Marvin Drums   Frank Marvin the drummer was later replaced by Neville Findlay, the current owner of the Zambezi clothing label.
         
1968/Sounds Ad Lib Kelvin Hair Guitar Acetate demos only Kelvin Hair was a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist eventually winning one of the NZBC television song writing contests with a song recorded by Toni Williams.  Has been playing in Linn Lorkin’s band in later years.  Sounds Ad Lib played in pubs and clubs in Auckland, notably one of the first New Zealand themed waitress restaurants in K'Rd called “The Las Vegas”.
  John Campion Bass    
  Lees Broadbent Trumpet    
  Keith Pendergrast Drums    
         
1970/Goodtyme Band (UK) George Clark Vocals Acetate demos only Pubs, clubs, and private functions in and around London.  4 – 5 nights per week until “Disco” became popular.
  Arthur McGibbon Guitar Harmonica    
  John Campion Bass    
Ray Butt Saxophone/Violin/Clarinet Ray Butt went on to become involved in UK jazz radio and live performances plus mentored a young pianist songwriter by the name of Jamie Cullum, being mentioned a few times on Jamie’s albums.
Andy Speake Drums Drums were ex Keith Moons from “The Who” via Hawkwind !!



John 1973

 

Year/Band Musician Instrument Recordings Details
1974/Milford Marina House Band (NZ) Steve Fuller Vocals   Milford Marina Hotel
  Colin James Guitar    
 

Lindsay Wakem

Hammond B3 Organ

  Later a jazz recording musician and noted comic trader.
  Jeff Matson Drums    
  John Campion Bass    
         
1976/Natural Gas Gib Williamson Guitar       Milford Marina Hotel & various Auckland hotels and taverns.
  Annie Williamson Vocals    
  Tom Williamson Guitar    
  Lester Dempster Drums    
  John Campion Bass    
         


John 1976

Year/Band Musician Instrument Recordings Details
1978/Natural Gas Gib Williamson Guitar   Birkenhead Trust Hotel
  Ken Strong Guitar    
  John Campion Bass    
   Pat Carroll Drums    
         
1984/Accord Graeme Bates Guitar/Vocals   Windsor Park Tavern
  Ken Strong Guitar/Vocals    
  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Brian Gibbes Drums    
         
1986/Accord Alistair Oliver   Guitar/Vocals   Windsor Park Tavern
  Ken Strong Guitar/Vocals    
  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Murray Chester/
Warwick Henderson
Drums
   
         
1990/Eclipse Peter Traille Guitar/Vocals   Gigging band
  Kerry Hawksworth Guitar/Vocals    
  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Alan Hodson Drums    
         
1991/Eclipse Peter Traille Guitar/Vocals   Note same line-up as 26 years later in Klassic Trax !!
  Kerry Hawksworth Guitar/Vocals    
  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Dennis Stott Drums  

Ex Larrys Rebels

         
1995/Desperadoes Richard Spencer Guitar/Vocals   An Eagles Tribute Band.  Played at Sky City and other larger venues throughout New Zealand
  Alistair Oliver Guitar/Vocals    
  Ken Strong Guitar/Vocals    
  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Andy Stewart Drums    
         
Late 1990’s - 2000’s Ken Strong Guitar/Vocals  

Gigging solo / duo various

Ken Strong Duo John Campion Bass/Vocals    
         
2010/Dreams FME Ken Strong Guitar/Vocals  

Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Billy London Guitar/Vocals   Ex Australian Pleazers
  Chris Ampleford Guitar/Vocals/Keyboard    
  Karen Davey Vocals   Ex “Stars in your eyes” as Dolly Parton
  Lisa Jimmieson Vocals   Ex “Stars in your eyes” as Christine McVie
  Mal Findlayson Drums   Ex Silhouettes
         
2013/Jack Flash
& Crowd Pleazers
Tony Smith Guitar   Ex Disraeli Gears
  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Billy London Guitar/Vocals   Ex Australian Pleazers
  Chris Ampleford Guitar/Vocals/Keyboard    
  Mal Findlayson Drums    
         


John 2013

Year/Band Musician Instrument Recordings Details
2017/Klassic Trax Peter Traille Guitar/Vocals   Same lineup as Eclipse in 1991 !!
  Kerry Hawksworth Guitar/Vocals    
  John Campion Bass/Vocals    
  Dennis Stott Drums/Vocals    
         
 

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