Neville Claughton

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Full Name:  Neville Claughton
Born:  November 13th, 1943
Hometown:  Christchurch
Instruments Played:  Bass Guitar, Brass, Organ
Musical Background:  Brass instruments and bands
Career Began:  1965
Tours:  Mr. Lee Grant with Five Degrees
Television:  Onwards, Popco, Norman and Opportunity Knocks

  Award presented 2007

Neville started in 1965 with Greg Mooney evolving to join The Viscounts with Neville Wilkins and his brother.  In 1966 he became an original member of 5 Degress on bass, and then on organ.  1969 he was on bass with Pete Ward and The Prophets which morphed into Inspiration (John Storey, Allan Brown and Royce Richards).  1971 at the White Heron with Harry Voice and Dean Howe, latterly playing bass for Tradition with Dave Whiting and eventually playing organ.  1972 Neville joined Page One with Larry McKay, Mike Mitchell, Mike Lewis and Don Gutry, and that same year formed Link with Dave Kennedy, Dave Gillies and Craig Nicholson.  1973 in Rock ‘n’ Roll Spinach with the Sammons brothers and Doug Petrie.  1975 saw him in Shannon with Kevin Toneycliffe, Ross Nichol and Maurice Sammons.  From this point through to the late 80s he was with various bands recording with Tandem and ending with Remedy before a shift to Auckland in 1988 from which time he worked Clubs and Functions with a quartet.  In 1998 he shifted to Nelson and is still currently working there, having formed The Solid Gold Band with Radioworks, currently running and performing with 4 groups, NZ's Classic Hits Band, Mr Music Allstars Function Band, a 6-piece jazz group and a 5-piece Function Band with Zoe Jackson and others.  2007 sees Neville fronting the Classic Hits Band as bassist/vocalist, Mr Music Allstars, Steve Flemming Quintet and Z Inc. with Zoe Jackson and others.  Being involved with many bands, also involved many residencies at local nitespots, and these included - The Scene, The Pride Of Place, Montmartre, Valley Inn, The Sandridge, The Black Horse, The Gladstone, The Blenheim Road Motor Inn and Christies.