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    Detours Award   Award presented 2009


John R Campbell Collection

 
 

Johnny Campbell and The Detours
Jim Phillips (Saxophone), Trevor Wright (Bass Guitar), Johnny Campbell (Lead Guitar), Paul Sargison (Rhythm Guitar) and John Clinton (Drums)

 

 

At Surf City circa 1963


At The Laredo NitespotCirca 1964


At The Carlyle Street Teenagers' Club circa 1964

 
 

Johnny Campbell and The Detours epitomised the young Rock 'n' Roll bands of the early 1960s.   They played the church dance circuit and grew to take over Max Merritt's parents' Christchurch Teenagers' Club Sunday afternoon gig when Max Merritt and The Meteors moved to Auckland.   Starting life in 1962 as The Torments with Judith Turtill featuring as lead vocalist, they spent their formative Sunday night's playing at Friendship House on Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch, with a line-up which included Judith Turtill, Johnny Campbell, Garry Mullholland (Rhythm Guitar), Bob Barrett (Drums), Michael Robinson (Bass Guitar) and Peter Mullholland (Piano).   Ultimately becoming Johnny Campbell and The Detours, they experimented with their early Robbins recordings and developed a distinctive sound which made their Surf City gig one of the most popular, and distinctively different, of the era.

 
 

At The Cashmere Club 2009



At The Cashmere Club 2009


"My Girl" by The Detours Presentation Disc


At The Cashmere Club 2009



At The Cashmere Club 2009

 
 

They subesquently moved into town to take up residence at the Laredo Nitespot where they gravitated to the top slot, after Dave Miller and The Playboys (changing their name to Dave Miller and The Byrds with attendant personal changes).  The high-point of the band's career was opening the Rolling Stones/Roy Orbison Show in Christchurch in February of 1965.  After a short reformation with Peter and Paul Talbot on board - and a residency at The Mecca Nitespot, the group finally broke up in 1966.  During their lifetime the band released two singles on the Robbins Recordings Label - Murphy The Surfie // April In Portugal and My Girl // I Just Can't Go To Sleep.

 
 

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