Im­pre­sario Bruce War­wick takes last bow


A new re­cruit to Bruce War­wick’s first band The Cor­vairs, was the son of his Nae­nae bar­ber.

Young Andy An­der­son went on to play in a range of New Zealand and Aus­tralian groups, be­fore find­ing TV fame and a Lo­gie Award as Jim Sul­li­van in renowned Aussie pe­riod piece, The Sul­li­vans.

In a full loop co­in­ci­dence, Andy now lives in Palmer­ston North – there vir­tu­ally at the be­gin­ning, and now res­i­dent here at the end of Bruce’s ex­tended ‘‘bizzo’’.

As for high­points – there are sim­ply too many. Bruce brought con­certs fea­tur­ing Her­mans Her­mits and the Dave Clark Five to the city’s old Re­gent, and tour­ing English come­dies to the Opera House. He has met, man­aged, rep­re­sented, and be­friended scores of leg­endary per­form­ers and per­son­al­i­ties. His rem­i­nisences fea­ture the likes of Robin Asquith, Brian Mur­phy and Yootha Joyce, Arthur Lowe, Sue Pol­lard, ra­dio’s Mur­ray Forgie and Dave Ma­honey, singers Lew Pryme, Ray Colum­bus, Midge Mars­den, Harry Se­combe and Tom Jones.

There was ‘‘the fan­tas­tic’’ Ge­orgie Fame con­cert at the Globe in 2007 with Jon Papen­brook and Rodger Fox.

‘‘I’m very grate­ful to Rodger and the Manawatu Jazz Club for bring­ing such great mu­si­cians here.’’

Singer Lew Pryme with his man­ager Bruce War­wick. Lew was part of The Dave Clark 5 and Her­mans Her­mits con­cert pack­ages Bruce pro­moted to Palmer­ston North’s Re­gent Theatre in the 60s.

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