Neville Barrie

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Born:  1942
Hometown:  Dunedin
Instruments Played:  Vocalist, Guitarist
Career Began:  As a magician in the Otago Magic Circle
Groups:  The Footsteps
Recordings   Several at Broadway Recording Studios, Dunedin
Tours:   As Flapjacks Comedy Duo (Otago/Southland)
Supported:  Howard Morrison Quartet
Highlight:  Wrote "Oh What A Day" for 1974 Commonwealth Games
Career:  Still performing !

  Award presented 2008

Neville Barrie has been a professional musician, entertainer and operated his own entertainment agency for over 25 years.  He began his pop-vocal career when he was 17-years-old whilst in Dunedin, forming a group called Neville Barrie and the Commodores with Keith Harper (Vocals), Kevin Bell (Guitar), Graeme Fairburn (Bass) and Ian Gourley (Drums).  The group released one single in 1960 called "Keep Walkin"/"You've Stolen My Heart".  In that early 1060s period, Neville also recoded a version of "Your Cheatin' Heart"on the Broadway label - this was under the banner of Neville Barrie and The Deltas but it was never released commercially.  Laterly, Neville decided to move to Christchurch where he formed the Footsteps.  His versatility and knowledge of the entertainment industry make him one of New Zealand's most respected entertainers.  Career highlights include writing the theme song for the 1974 Commonwealth Games, and he has recently written the New Zealand anthem "New Zealand Our Home" ...  Neville also writes, composes music for, and records jingles for commercial use.

His group "The Footsteps" were a Christchurch pop trio which began recording in 1972  —  their line-up included Neville Barrie (Guitar/Vocals), John Clarke (Drums/Vocals) and Eric Robinson (Keyboards/Vocals).  They produced five singles on five different labels between 1972 and 1975.  Peter Gillette a former member of Peter Nelson and the Castaways as well as Chapta and Moviez, later replaced Eric Robinson on keyboards.  The five singles by the Footsteps were "Maybe"/"For You" in 1972, "Oh What A Day" backed with a Rob Guest song in 1973, "Christmas Time"/"Love Is All The Colours" in 1973, "Do You Care"/"Streaking" in 1974 and "Wrist Wrestling"/"Do You Care" in 1975.