Beam Unity – Beam – Laurie Dee and Beam —
..... image shows transient line-up with Chris Whitehead (Drums), Don Mills (Keyboards), Tony McMaster (Bass), Larry McKay (Guitar).
Beam was a Christchurch pop group, originally formed as Beam Unity, but changing their name to Beam whilst doing the pub circuit. They were essentially a "pub" band. The original line-up featured Chris Whitehead (Drums), Phil Whitehead (Guitar), Wally Dunn (Bass Guitar), Don Mills (Keyboards) and when Laurie Dee (Vocals) joined they became Laurie Dee and Beam. The group was a top forty band who spent most of their entire career on the road. Wally was replaced by Tony McMaster on bass and Harry Lyon joined on guitar, replacing Phil Whitehead, who went on to a short stint with Human Instinct, before joining Think. Touring the country was a different experience for Harry, and despite a lack of enthusiasm for the chosen music, it was an exciting lifestyle at first, but after about three months, Lyon joined the others in their boredom. In March 1975, Don Mills left to join Phil in heavy metal band Think Chris Whitehead called it a day, and the band was no more. Harry Lyon went on to join Hello Sailor.
During their time, Beam recorded three singles, the first of which was Bus Rider // We Can Work It Out (as Beam Unity in 1972), then Teach Me How To Fly // The Road (as Beam in 1973), Freedom // Harmony was the last (as Laurie Dee and Beam), in 1974. Laurie Dee's real name was Laurie Herdman, and his home town was Christchurch. He had realeased a solo single in 1975 called My Love and I // I Wanna Do It All, but is almost cerainly best remembered for his 1981 rendition of Wink Martindale's Deck Of Cards albeit with a rugby flavour. He recorded two albums, the first of which was his Greatest Hits in 1981.