Rock legend Rick Bryant passes away aged 71

music news 06/12/2019

New Zealand Blues and Soul singer Rick Bryant passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Much loved over his 50 year career, Bryant was never afraid to push the boundaries of the genre, from rhythm and blues, electric blues, acid rock and psychedelic soul, Bryant blazed a trail that set the country aflame.

First hitting the live circuit in the late sixties, he wielded the saxophone forming the Soul heavy Mammal touring the country.

He would come into his own over the decades fronting Rick Bryant and The Jive Bombers from 1983. A pub favourite all over the country boasting a full horn section and a mix of originals blended with classic soul covers.

In 1985 Rick took to the stage with Chris Knox and Don McGlashan to protest the All Blacks proposed tour of South Africa during apartheid.

Aged 71 he passed away in his home in Auckland December 5th.

Following the news of Rick Bryant's passing we went through the archives to an interview between Bryant and Graeme Hill which you can listen to below.

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