Quincy Conserve


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Many bands enjoyed success in the sixties but none were as unique as The Quincy Conserve, who were led by vocalist Malcolm Hayman and spent most of their career as the resident band at Wellington’s Downtown Club.

The group featured top class musicians and were special in that they included a talented brass section. Drummer Bruno Lawrence spent some time with the band in 1970 and penned their biggest hit and Golden Disc Award finalist, Ride The Rain.

Last edited: 22.03.16

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In an international context, The Quincy Conserve was hardly unique, and it doesn’t take a special pair of ears to pick up the similarities with slick, jazz-influenced, horn-led American groups like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago Transit Authority. Still, The Quincy were no copyists, and while their recorded output necessarily included a bunch of covers, their originals stand up as some of the best work by any New Zealand band of the 1960s or 1970s. On top of that, The Quincy Conserve, in all their different line-ups with Malcolm Hayman the only constant throughout their reign from 1967 to 1975, were tight, musician’s musicians, a description that’s often been used as a backhanded compliment to explain the group’s lack of commercial success. What I didn’t know back then, in the early 70s, was that Malcolm Hayman had already been an integral figure in New Zealand popular music for more than a decade. In fact, he arrived on the Wellington scene as a gigging musician in the mid-1950s, and it was blues, then the first rock and roll revolution, that turned his ear. Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen I Have Loved Me a Man

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "This Janice Weaver song was originally recorded by American singer Morgana King (who played Mama Corleone in the first two Godfather films). Allison Durbin's epic version featured backing from Quincy Conserve and was produced by Howard Gable (who she later married). The biggest selling release by a New Zealand artist in 1968, it topped the local singles chart and won the Loxene Golden Disc. Durbin's performances from the televised Loxene awards show and a TV special have long since been lost but this grainy Australian TV clip of her finest moment survives." (NZ On Screen summary)


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