David LaPlanche

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David - Sydney Harbour

  Award presented 2007

David LaPlanche Collection


David LaPlanche - performing at the 2007 ROCKONZ Aftermatch Function at Warner's Hotel, Christchurch 2007

David was born in Waimate on January 24th, 1944 and died peacefully on May 27th, 2024 in Queensland, Australia, having lived for many years in that country.  His musical career began with the winning of a talent quest in his home town of Waimate, at the age of 11 - singing Buddy Holly's Oh Boy.  He was soon playing in his own bands, and performing locally, with his first group being The Melody Makers featuring Alan Kernick (Lead Guitar), Beau Stichman (Drums), Johnny Jones (Saxophone), David LaPlanche (Guitar/Vocals) and Buffy Matherson (Piano).  His next group was The Nights, which again played extensively around the local scene.  Latterly he featured at nightclubs, dances, cabaret shows and Caroline Bay Christmas Carnivals.  Australia beckoned and he did a variety of work including cabaret, RSL and Leagues Clubs, and made appearances on a number of TV Shows including Brian Henderson's Bandstand.  David entertained American Troops on R and R from Vietnam before the UK beckoned, and in London he won a talent quest which included cabaret shows in Scotland, Germany, Italy and throughout the UK.


ZOOM  Early days with The Melody Makers


ZOOM Early days with The Nights


ZOOM Early days singing with Geoff Hannan

ZOOM David entertains

ZOOM David with Frankie Stevens and Doug Henderson


Finally he headed back to Australia and New Zealand doing nightclubs and cabaret work, plus touring New Zealand with a Cliff Richard Tribute Show.  David has performed other shows such as The Music Of Bobby Darin, Cliff Richard and Elvis, the Early Years, 6 of the Best and The Magnificent Seven  He particularly enjoys working with children, and was a finalist in the Coca Cola NZ music awards in Auckland with his children's CD A Hand Full Of Songs.


David at ROCKONZ 2007 - Christchurch Town Hall

David MOVEs IT at ROCKONZ 2007 - Christchurch Town Hall

David at ROCKONZ 2007 - Christchurch Town Hall


David at The Waimate Strawberry Fare 2016

The Waimate Strawberry Fare backing group 2016

David presents The Legends at HWMC October 25th, 2019


David LaPlanche in concert
South Sydney Junior League Club


David LaPlanche entertains
South Sydney Junior League Club


David with Gaynor Le Compte
New Zealand Cliff Richard Society


David with Paul Muggleston

David in music mode

David with headgear

David outside Sun Studio


ZOOM  CR + Shads Tribute

ZOOM  Reelin' In Show

ZOOM  Cliff Tribute at South Sydney

ZOOM  Legends Tribute

ZOOM  Diamond Anniversary