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First published in January 2008, last updated June 2009

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Photos & Memorabilia - Quincy Conserve, Captain Custard, The Lick, Blues Buffet, Wellington 60's and 70's Reunions

Murray Loveridge (Dusty) Bass Player

Wanganui / Wellington

I came to Wellington in 1969 and joined a band called Tanglefoot who were resident house band at Ali Babas night club in Cuba St.  Members were Brian Waugh  Hammond, Mike Philips Drums, Kemp Tuirirangi Lead Guitar, Peter Leef Vocals.  In 1973, I joined the last lineup of The Quincy Conserve on bass.  The lineup was Peter Blake Keyboards, Geoff Culverwell Trumpet, Johnny McCormick Sax, Rodger Fox Trombone, Malcom Hayman Vocals Guitar, Tom Swainson Drums.  We had a 3 year contract with NZ Breweries and toured the length and breadth of the country many times.  Eventually Tom Swainson was replaced by Billy Brown and Paul Clayton was added on Guitar.  Johnny McCormick left towards the end of the band.  We backed several national and international solo artists including Prince Tui Teka, Rob Guest, Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers fame, we were his Pacemakers that night, and Gene Pitney on the Wellington leg of his NZ tour.  During that time we recorded a couple of singles and an album called Quincy Conserve on the Ode label.  We appeared on several TV shows such as Grunt Machine, Ready To Roll and The Brian Edwards Show.  I still have my Avalon TV studio pass dated 16/5/75 in my brag book.  We also headlined the 13th National Tauranga Jazz Festival 1975.

Another memory I have was playing a gig at the Christchurch Town Hall and our support band that night were some scrawny young uni students from Auckland who called themselves Split Enz.  I don’t normally tell that story cause when I do, people say “bull shit”.

In 1976 Quincys folded, the horns and Peter Blake, Paul Clayton formed The 1860 Band and was the house band for The 1860 pub in Lambton Quay while Malcolm Hayman and myself formed Captain Custard, originally called Captain Custard and the Prunes but we dropped the Prunes bit when people kept saying “We know who the captain is ….but which one of you jokers are the prunes”?  Also the name took up too much space when advertised in the newspaper.  The first (Prune) lineup was Dave Alexander Drums, Don Burke Guitar Vocals, Malcolm Hayman Vocals Guitar and myself Bass Vocals, however Don moved to Sydney and was replaced by my brother Fred Loveridge on Guitar Vocals and Dave dropped out and was replaced by Peter Walker on Drums.  We played mainly at the Royal Tavern Lambton Quay but did several South Island tours during that time.  On the 5th October 1988 Malcolm Hayman passed away after a long illness.

Although the 70s and 80s seem a blur to me, I do have some wonderful memories, great times, the music was groovy and made some amazing friends.  In June 2000 I moved to Melbourne, playing Bass for a 6 piece swing / blues band called The Brotherhood Of Blues or BOB for short.  We recorded an EP.  Then formed a rock / blues outfit called Nana’s New Hip and gigged at many hot spots around town including The Espy, The Rainbow and Lomand Hotels, St Andrews and The Ballarat Blues Club to name a few.

I returned to Wanganui in 2004 and have teamed up with my brother Fred in forming The Lick….a hard hitting rock act with Nigel Bateman Drums and Tim Davies Lead Vocals.  Check out our video clip on the lick I see through you (click here to view).

Also I’m involved in a blues group called The Blues Buffet with Nigel Bateman, Fred Loveridge, Paul Wilson Keyboards and sometimes special guest Erna Ferry Vocals / harmonica.  'The Blues Buffet' can be found on youtube backing Erna Ferry - (click here to view) and (click here to view).

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