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

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The Secrets .....

With such a strong line-up The Secrets took the opportunity to go to Wellington at the behest of Ken Cooper who was working for Phil Warren's Prestige Promotions Company.  They started an extended tour as a full-time professional group moving through Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Palmerston North en route to Auckland's prestigious "Beatle Inn", again with support from Phil Warren's Prestige Promotions.
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For a short time they were contracted to promoter Paul Newbury, who by day was a mortician and funeral director - at that point they were living at Newbury's crematorium whilst appropriate digs were found !
They eventually moved up north to Club 46 and The SkyLounge in Whangarei, where they encountered some considerable resistance from local musicians who fundamentally objected to a group of "carpetbaggers" in their midst.  However, as Paul pointed out in a far-north newspaper interview, the playing field was level 'cos the locals had the same opportunities to work in other centres as The Secrets did.
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In 1965 The Secrets recorded a single on Allied International - "It's You" / "You're Wrong".  Paul wrote "It's You" for his love at the time, Mara Romans, and co-wrote the flipside "You're Wrong" with Gary Thain.  It's You was nominated in 1965 (the first year of presentation) for the prestigious Loxene Golden Disc Awards, but that year the glory went to Ray Columbus and The Invaders for "Til We Kissed".
The Secrets - "It's You"
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"It's You" was nominated for the prestigious Loxene Golden Disc Award in 1965
Nominee 1965
The Secrets - "You're Wrong"
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Bananamania with The Secrets
The Secrets - Bananamania  .....  Paul Muggleston, Wayne Allen, Gary Thain, Derek Wright
Early in 1965 Dave Chapman was lead guitarist for a new group Me and The Others, started by former Strangers drummer Peter Dawkins, and they became resident group along with Les Street and The Alleys at The Pride of Place nitespot in Christchurch.  Me and The Others were soon joined at The Pride of Place by the newly formed Secrets who had not long since returned to Christchurch as The Dynamics, after the Searchers Tour.  The Secrets had quit their long-standing Plainsman gig and moved in as the replacement group for Les Street and The Alleys, which had just disbanded and gone to the winds.
Promotional shot of The Dynamics Paul, Derek, Gary and Wayne
The Secrets  —  A promotional shot  .....  Derek Wright, Gary Thain, Paul Muggleston, Wayne Allen
Promotional shot of The Dynamics Paul, Derek, Gary and Wayne
The Secrets  —  A promotional shot  .....  Paul Muggleston, Derek Wright, Gary Thain, Wayne Allen
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  The Secrets returned to The Pride of Place on Saturday September 25th, 1965, and after a short while time working there, The Secrets and Me and The Others split up and Gary Thain and Paul Muggleston joined forces with Peter Dawkins and Dave Chapman, taking the name Me and the Others to Europe, touring England, Scotland, and Germany.

As from that time The Secrets were no longer using the name, Geoff Cavanagh and his band members moved into the Plainsman in Lichfield Street Christchurch and adopted the Secrets' name.  They went on to record a single called "Soothe Me" / "Fool On The Hill" in 1969 on the Festival label.

Geoff's band consisted of himself on bass and vocals, Wayne Allen, from the original Secrets, on drums, and Stan White on keyboards.  During their time, Wayne was replaced by Chris Fox and Stan by Harry Gilmour (Neville Claughton had done a brief stint on organ as well, as had latent superstar Ledley Cleland - later of Chapta fame).

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