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.