Wayne Mason

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The story of songwriter Wayne Mason is familiar enough. Born in 1949 in New Plymouth with his teenage years spent in Upper Hutt, in 1963 he joined Heretaunga College band Sine Waves, which evolved into The Fourmyula, one of New Zealand's top bands of the 1960s. His next band of note was Rockinghorse, and in the 1980s there was The Warratahs. Three top NZ bands over three decades but hardly a household name, not like Dave Dobbyn or Neil Finn, despite that song. "Oh that song!" mimics Wayne Mason. "That's how a lot of my audiences react when I play 'Nature' – oh, he wrote that song." In 2001 Mason's song ‘Nature’, recorded by The Fourmyula in 1969, was chosen by APRA members to be the best New Zealand composition of the previous 75 years. It has been a hotly debated issue since (check out the NZ music social media pages) and everybody has an opinion. Best New Zealand song? It was always going to be a big call, but whether you agree or not, ‘Nature’ got the nod and there has been no other “official” survey since. Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence


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