Dennis O’Brien

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Dennis O’Brien elbowed his way to pop’s heights, then gave it all away. On 20 February 1975, piano-playing vocalist O’Brien and his band strode onto the stage at rock’s most hallowed turf: the Marquee Club in London’s Wardour Street, where the Rolling Stones first performed live in 1962. “From the first chord I was in heaven,” he recalls. “Here we were, a bunch of kids from Wellington gigging at the Marquee, finally getting a proper PA to play on. It didn’t get much better than this.” The Marquee gig was not only a highpoint of O’Brien’s career; it would yield a record deal and an album featuring the same musicians who played on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. So how had this sweet-throated New Zealand singer, best remembered for a frenetic version of 'Cara Mia', managed to climb so high? And where could he go from there? Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence


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