Full Name: John Paul Muggleston
Born: August 08th, 1944
Instruments Played: Guitar, Vocalist
Career Began: 1961 with "The Apaches"
Groups: Apaches, Dices, Atlantics, Dynamics, Secrets, Mee and the Others, Paul's Idea, Just Us
Residencies: The Sorrento
Career: Still going strong !
|Paul Muggleston ... in his own words|
|I attended Christchurch Boys' High School and then formed my first band "The Apaches" in which I played guitar and sang I went on to join The Dices in 1961, and did the church gig routine. After that I 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 myself, Derek Wright, Wayne Allen and Gary Thain (Wayne having replaced Peter Ward on drums). We then went on a 12 month New Zealand tour working Wellington and Auckland for Phil Warren's "Prestige Promotions" and during this time we released "It's You" b/w "You're Wrong". I wrote the former, and the latter I also wrote, but in conjunction with Gary Thain. This release was nominated for the prestigious Loxene Golden Disc Award. The group split up in 1966 and I formed "Mee and the Others" with Gary Thain, Peter Dawkins and Dave Chapman to gig at "The Pride of Place". We performed with Tom Jones and Hermans Hermits on their tour in Christchurch, before heading off to Europe. We toured Europe, working in clubs in London, Scotland, Wales and Germany, including the famous PN Hit House in Munich. After leaving "Mee 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 I created a new name "Paul Baron" when recording a new single "Daddy On Your Mind" based on my own relationship with my Dad. The flipside was "Don't Leave Me In My World" and the disc was released on the Orly label in 1969.|
|The picture to the left shows the line-up of Mee and the Others (from left) Peter Dawkins, Gary Thain, Dave Chapman and Paul Muggleston. The shot was taken in 1966 in the UK where the band was gigging prior to heading over to Germany.
I returned to New Zealand in 1969 and then headed off to Australia, playing around that country for 2 years and then returning to join Radio Avon and play with "Just Us" in Christchurch until 1979, when I headed to Sydney and did the Club Circuit as a solo act, working in a couple of TV Soap Operas. 1986 saw me in Los Angeles, USA where I spent 20 years in the commercial recording business. I am currently living and singing in clubs in Las Vegas.