Graham Brazier

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Graham Brazier
Born(1952-05-06)6 May 1952
Auckland, New Zealand
OriginNew Zealand
Died4 September 2015(2015-09-04) (aged 63)
Auckland, New Zealand
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Associated actsHello Sailor, Pink Flamingos, The Legionnaires

Graham Philip Brazier (6 May 1952 – 4 September 2015) was a New Zealand musician and songwriter. He first came to prominence in the band Hello Sailor. After Hello Sailor, he formed a band called the Legionnaires. When he was growing up, he lived above his mother's bookshop in Dominion Road in Auckland and he collected first editions.

Early life[edit]

His childhood was fashioned seeing R.A.K. Mason, Rex Fairburn, Kevin Ireland and other writers in the shop.[1] Graham left Mt Roskill Grammar at age 15 for his first job at Whitcombe & Tombs. He began writing songs when he was 19.[2]


Although Brazier claimed he turned down an offer to join The Doors post-Jim Morrison,[3] it was stated by Doors ex-manager and biographer, Danny Sugerman, to be "somewhat exaggerated".[4]

Two Brazier associated songs are included in the official top 100 New Zealand songs. They are "Blue Lady" alongside his first band, Hello Sailor, as well as "Billy Bold" from his solo career.[5]

It was reported on 7 October 2012 that Brazier was charged with assaulting his two former partners.[6] He pleaded guilty to two counts of male assaults female and one count of common assault.[7]

Brazier suffered a heart attack in August 2015, and died in Auckland on 4 September 2015.[8]

Brazier's post-humous solo album Left Turn at Midnite, completed after Brazier's death by close friend producer Alan Jansson,[9] was released in May 2017.[10]

Solo discography[edit]

  • "Six Piece Chamber", vinyl single, Ripper Records, 1980
  • Inside Out, album, Polygram, 1981
  • Brazier, album, CBS, 1987 (spent one week in the NZ album chart at No. 49 in February 1988)
  • "Long Gone, For Good", radio only CD single, Wildside, 2002
  • East of Eden, CD album, Wildside, March 2004
  • Left Turn at Midnite, CD album, Ripe Coconut, May 2017


  1. ^ Reid, Graham (13 October 2010). "Interview: The Brazier still burning (2004)". Elsewhere. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier dies aged 63". The New Zealand Herald. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Creative Kiwis with export success". Revision : 16-12-2008
  4. ^ "Barrels and Bandwidth". Revision : 7-10-2012
  5. ^ "Billy Bold Music Video". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Graham Brazier Defends Assault Charges". The New Zealand Herald. 7 October 2012. Revision : 7-10-2012
  7. ^ "Graham Brazier Sentenced on Assault Convictions". Revision : 3-3-2014
  8. ^ Satherley, Dan (4 September 2015). "Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier dies". 3News. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  9. ^ Wynn, Kirsty (29 April 2017). "How bizarre: Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier's album from beyond the grave". NZ Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  10. ^ McLennan-Elliott, Finn. "The last album of Graham Brazier - Left Turn At Midnight (Ponsonby News - New Zealand)". Retrieved 16 August 2017.

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