Paul Muggleston

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Full Name:  John Paul Muggleston
Born:  August 08th, 1944
Hometown:  Christchurch
Musical Background:  Self taught
Instruments Played:  Guitar, Vocalist
Career Began:  1961 with "The Apaches"
Groups:  Apaches, Dices, Atlantics, Dynamics, Secrets,
Me and the Others, Paul's Idea, Just Us
Tours:  Searchers
Residencies:  The Sorrento
Career:  Still going strong !

  Award presented 2008

Paul attended Christchurch Boys' High School and then formed his first band "The Apaches" in which Paul played guitar and sang  He went on to join The Dices in 1961, and did the church gig routine.  After that Paul joined The Dynamics at The Plainsman, and left them for a few months to join "The Measles" in Wellington with Bruno Lawrence, Neil Harrop and Puni Solomon, but returning to The Dynamics for the "Searchin' - Del Shannon Tour" with "Peter and Gordon" and "Dinah Lee".  The Dynamics became " The Secrets" featuring Paul Muggleston, Derek Wright, Wayne Allen and Gary Thain (Wayne having replaced Peter Ward on drums).  They then went on a 12 month New Zealand tour working Wellington and Auckland for Phil Warren's "Prestige Promotions" and during this time they released "It's You" b/w "You're Wrong".  Paul wrote both of these tunes in conjunction with Gary Thain.  This release was nominated for the prestigious Loxene Golden Disc Award.  The group split up in 1966 and Paul formed "Me and the Others" with Gary Thain, Peter Dawkins and Dave Chapman to gig at "The Pride of Place".  They performed with Tom Jones and Herman's Hermits on their tour in Christchurch, before heading off to Europe, where they toured as well as working in clubs in London, Scotland, Wales and Germany (including the famous PN Hit-house in Munich).  After leaving "Me and the Others", Gary Thain eventually ended up playing bass with British hard-rock band "Uriah Heep".  He tragically died of a drug overdose in March 1976 at the height of his fame.  In the late sixties Paul created a new name "Paul Baron" when recording a single "Daddy On Your Mind" based on his own relationship with his Dad.  The flipside was "Don't Leave Me In My World".  The disc was released on the Orly label in 1969.


Paul Muggleston

Me and The Others touring with Tom Jones

Me and The Others in London


Paul returned to New Zealand in 1969 and then headed off to Australia, playing around that country for 2 years before returning to join Radio Avon and play with "Just Us" in Christchurch, until 1979, when he headed to Sydney and did the Club Circuit as a solo act, working in a couple of TV Soap Operas.  1986 saw Paul in Los Angeles, USA where he spent 20 years in the commercial recording business, before moving out to Las Vegas, and spending several entertaining and singing in local Clubs.  Paul is now living in the state of Washington, about 90 miles north of Seattle.