Paul Muggleston ...... a career in entertainment spanning four full decades

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The Apaches with Paul Muggleston
The Apaches (left to right):  Paul Muggleston, Peter Alexander, Bob Rush and Jamie (Jim) Norriss
Geronimo - Legendary Apache Chief
Geronimo - Legendary Apache Chief
The Apaches .....

Paul's first band was The Apaches.  That was back in 1961 - also a great year for the MLC Assurance Company where Paul did 9 months of faithful service, shortly followed by 2 months assembling radio chassis at Roberts Radio, and then 1 month with Beaths furniture store delivering TV's and putting up TV antennas on roofs - which he hated!

It was during this year, and thanks to money saved from these frustrating ventures that he purchased his first real guitar, which was a locally (NZ) produced "Commodore" instrument, played through another local product - a "Concord" amplifier with both reverb and tremelo.

The only frustration when he formed The Apaches with Bob Rush and drummer Peter Alexander (who was at Canterbury University with bassist Jamie (Jim) Norriss), was that the sound of his lead guitar would barely make it to the edge of the stage before plummetting down into oblivion among the feet of the people dancing near the front.  The Apaches was a very short lived band and both Paul and Bob Rush avoided remaining forever inconspicuous by joining The Dices - still in 1961.

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The Dices with Paul Muggleston

The Dices .....

..... Paul's first real band ..... comprised Paul (Lead), Bob Rush (Rhythm), Doug Petrie (Drums), Ed Stanley (Bass) and Noel Wright (Piano) as two members had retired from playing, one of them was Bernie Spragg.  Ray Boyd was the male vocalist and Carol Brady (who later married Bob Rush) was the female vocalist.  This band's sound was to permeate the walls of many local churches - not the least of were was Saint Nicolas', and (occasionally) the infamous Spencer Street when a guest band was required.  They remain big days in Paul's mind, as The Dices got to perform on the same stage as local big acts Johnny and the Revellers and The Downbeats.


      


Rubbing shoulders with NZ's best known pop stars of the day was nothing unusual, as most acts would travel the country and play the major venues.

Top dances of the day like Spencer Street and The Caledonian Hall were typical magnets for the pop elite, and Paul would perform with many top acts such as guitarist Peter Posa (shown left) in his own quest for musical success and stardom.

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The Atlantics with Paul Muggleston
The Atlantics (left to right):  Ed Stanley, Paul Muggleston, Dave Vincent, Royce Richards (Drums), Tony (Buzz) Burrell and Les Inwood (Vocalist)

The Atlantics .....

..... was a follow up to The Dices and Ed Stanley from that group was the first bass player to play with the new group.  Paul had met Dave Vincent through his brother Peter, and Les Inwood was a chap who told Paul that he would like to sing in a band.  They invited a new drummer on the scene, Royce Richards, to play drums.  Thus the band came together and then through another unknown associate met Tony (Buzz) Burrell who also was included in the new line-up.

Some little while later, Neville Claughton played bass with The Atlantics as did Peter Hansen.

The Atlantics played predominantly at the US Operation Deep Freeze air force base at Christchurch airport but also did gigs in Ashburton and at the famous Caroline Bay in Timaru.

It was from The Atlantics that Paul joined the Dynamics.
The Atlantics play Caroline Bay, Timaru

An invitation to dance with The Atlantics

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