LOU CLAUSON (R.I.P.)

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First published December 2013

Lou passed away on 28th December 2013, after a long battle with illness.  Lou will be fondly remembered for his long association with Simon Meihana in their duo 'Lou & Simon'.
Click here to read Bruce Sergent's history of 'Lou and Simon'.

TRIBUTES

Lou and Simon R.I.P.   Respect, thanx for the memories - Barry Leef
I have fond memories of Lou when he used to promote the singing groups from Ardmore Teachers College.  In my first year at Ardmore in 1957 the group was called the Sasmos, with Lou, Tom Harrison, Nu Callaghan, Henry Phillips, Bill Williams, Sonny Te Iri, Hemi Hau and myself.  Then in 1958, the group The Starlighters with Peter Raymond, Hemi Hau, Teua Eruera, John Cassidy, Robbie Gardiner and myself.  Barry O’Reilly was the manager.  Lou introduced us to the social life of the Counties area and our home base was the milk bar in Papakura which from memory was called the Rose Marie?  He recorded the group at Roy Neal's studio in Papakura.  Of course, Lou went on to greater things when he teamed up with Simon Meihana.  In those years I was part of Ben Tawhiti's band and we had the pleasure of backing Lou and Simon at many functions.  I will also remember him as a gentleman, a humorous man and kind person.  I am sorry I never stayed in touch with him, especially when he was ill.  He will be fondly remembered.   I have attached the 1957 LP cover of the Sasmos (click here to view)  - Buddy Wilson
In the many years with the Don Richardson Band at the Majestic in Wellington, we backed many acts, local and overseas.  Without reservation, I can say that at the top of the list would be Lou and Simon.  It was a large, difficult room to work but they had the rare skill of getting the ‘feel’ of an audience within seconds.  They could also reduce us case-hardened musos to hysterics, another rare skill.  To top it off, they were both gentlemen in the true sense of the word.  Happiness and laughter – What a legacy. What memories.   R.I.P. - Bob Barcham
I am so sad to hear of the passing of Lou.  I toured so many times in the 60'S with Lou & Simon, they were the comedy duo of their time.   Please pass on my deepest sympathy to Lou's family I was so glad that I could keep in touch with Lou over the past years such a beautiful person. RIP Lou Clauson - Dinah Lee
I met Lou and Simon in the 60’s as part of the ChCh Scene at both the Mecca and Monaco venues. Lovely blokes who were not only funny but darned talented with it.   RIP Lou - Nev Claughton
So sorry to hear of Lou’s passing, played on many shows back in the early 60’s with Nuki Walker and the 4 Deuces of which Lou and Simon were also part of the show,    great times that I will never forget. R.I.P.  Lou,  say gidday to Simon.... - Noel Peterson
When I first arrived in Auckland from Scotland in 1963 ..Lou and Simon were the top NZ act around the  night club circuit...I was to join that circuit a bit later on down the track..and in those good old days you rushed from one venue to another ..whether it be a Dine and Dance night with cabaret, or a social club with a Variety night. It was some years later I met up with Lou ..and he was very helpful with contacts on a forthcoming trip to Sydney and Melbourne..I eventually made Sydney my base ...and Lou and I kept in touch over the years ...in those days by snail mail ..and later on by email.   During my early days on the NSW circuit I had also worked along side Lou's showbiz partner Simon Meihana.   I always visited Lou on my trips back to Auckland whether it was in transit on a cruise, Tours, or a cabaret gig, he took a great interest in my career, and the success I was having in those early days with records.   A wonderful man and definitely a wonderful entertainer who had that magic contact with his audiences.   He will be sadly missed by so many family, friends, and all entertainers on both sides of the Tasman   Lou and Simon now  join up again for there Biggest Command Performance of there Lives.   RIP My friend  - John Macdonald    
I'm very sad to hear this.  I remember very fondly of those Saturday nites travelling in the train out to Papakura, performing at the Talent Quests (I think Lou was the principal organizer) in a school band called "The Tempos" & later "The Wildcats", Mike Grayson etc & the encouragement & good times from Lou & Simon.  Those days they opened with a version of "You are my Sunshine".  Later on we backed them at many concerts of course (The Sundowners) at Town Hall Western Springs Rotorua etc - Always Lou & Simon were very popular - Max Purdie
It is with great sadness, that I have been informed of the death of one of New Zealand's great and larger than life, music and concert stars, Lou Clauson.  As Lou and Simon, they were one of our biggest drawcards in live and recorded music and comedy.  Lou was the consummate entertainer, and had a superb ability to feel the audience mood, and truly “entertain”.  My years working the many Spectacular tours and Xmas tours of beach resorts to hundreds of thousands of people, will live in my memory.  Truly, one of our “greats”.  R.I.P Lou.  With sincere thoughts - Gray Bartlett
(email me your tribute to Lou and I'll add it in - andy@nzmusos.co.nz)

 

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