Neville Claughton

Full Name:   Neville Claughton     Born:   November 13th, 1943
Hometown:   Christchurch     Musical Background:   Brass instruments and bands
Instruments Played:   Bass Guitar, Brass, Organ     Career Began:   1965
Groups:   The Viscounts, 5 Degrees, Pete Ward and The Prophets > Inspiration, Tradition, Page One, Link, Rock 'n Roll Spinach, Shannon, Remedy, The Solid Gold Band, Classic Hits Band, Mr Music Allstars, Steve Flemming Quintet, Z Inc. (with Zoe Jackson)
Tours:   Mr. Lee Grant with 5 Degrees
Television:   Onwards, Popco, Norman and Opportunity Knocks
Residencies:   The Scene, Pride Of Place, Montmartre, Valley Inn, Sandridge, Black Horse, Gladstone, Benheim Road Motor Inn, Christies
Merit Award

Neville Claughton ... in his own words

I started in 1965 with Greg Mooney evolving to join The Viscounts with Neville Wilkins and his brother.  1966 I became an original member of 5 Degress on bass then organ.  1969 I was on bass with Pete Ward and The Prophets which evolved to Inspiration (John Storey, Allan Brown and Royce Richards).  1971 at the White Heron with Harry Voice and Dean Howe, latterly playing bass for Tradition with Dave Whiting and eventually playing organ.  1972 I joined Page One with Larry McKay, Mike Mitchell, Mike Lewis and Don Gutry and that same year formed Link with Dave Kennedy, Dave Gillies and Craig Nicholson.  1973 in Rock 'n Roll Spinach with the Sammons brothers and Doug Petrie.  1975 saw me in Shannon with Kevin Toneycliffe, Ross Nichol and Maurice Sammons.  From this point through to the late 80s I was with various bands recording with Tandem and ending with Remedy before a shift to Auckland in 1988 from which time I worked Clubs and Functions with a quartet.  In 1998 I shifted to Nelson and am still currently working, having formed The Solid Gold Band with Radioworks, currently running and performing with 4 groups, NZ's Classic Hits Band, Mr Music Allstars Function Band, a 6-piece jazz group and a 5-piece Function Band with Zoe Jackson and others.  2007 sees me fronting the Classic Hits Band as bassist/vocalist, Mr Music Allstars, Steve Flemming Quintet and Z Inc. with Zoe Jackson and others.