Dixon McIvor

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Full name:  Dixon Graham McIvor
Born:  21st November, 1943
Hometown:  Christchurch
Instruments Played:  Guitar, Vocalist
Career Began:  The Vigilantes
Residencies:  Laredo Nitespot, Pride Of Place
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Award presented 2007 Award presented 2007


Dixon joined The Vigilantes at an early age.  The band played weddings and 21sts in dance halls, which included a regular but short-lived gig in Timaru (replacing The Downbeats).  The Vigilantes hit the big-time when they became the second band at The Laredo Lounge (with Johnny Campbell and The Detours, and Les Stott) around 1963.  The band stopped playing at The Laredo in 1965, but continued on making records, accompanying The Southerners on such hits as South Wind, as well as making a few records, most notably Come Tomorrow and The Cruel Sea.


The Vigilantes in concert at ROCKONZ 2007


The full line-up for The Vigilantes was: Brian Thomas (lead guitar, band leader and occasional singer), Larry McKay (rhythm guitarist and occasional singer), Dixon McIvor (vocalist), Derek (Willy) Withers (bass guitar and occasional trumpet), Tony Mason (drums), Bob Wilcock (tenor saxophone).  The Vigilantes were resident second band at The Laredo Lounge from 1963 to 1965, and subsequently appeared on The Des Britten Coca Cola Show  A tour to Pohara Beach Motor Camp was an epic, and the band played lots and lots of dance halls and church halls.  Spencer Street and the reek of Old Spice is a particularly strong memory.  Recording was very demanding and nerve wracking, but yet strangely satisfying.