Leo de Castro

aka Kiwi Leo de Castro Kino

Although popular at the time and greatly admired by his peers, soul singer Leo de Castro’s scattered and long deleted recorded output sadly only captured a fragment of what he was capable of on stage.

Little known in his own country, de Castro captivated Australian audiences throughout the 1970s. He attracted some of the best musicians to support him and was sought after for a range of session work.

Friends - Walk In The Light (with Phil Manning)
Leo de Castro in the late 1970s
The Johnny Rocco Band in the Canberra Times, August 1976
The Johnny Rocco Band - Baby's Gonna Make It (1975)
The Italian release of the 1975 Johnny Rocco Band album Rocco. The band was renamed Rocco too for this issue.
Unsung Heroes of Māori Music - Sonny Day and Leo de Castro
Leo De Castro in Friends with Charlie Tumahai on guitar - Lady Montego
Leo de Castro, Sydney, 1973
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Leo de Castro and the Warriors cover Wilson Pickett's Midnight Hour (live in Hobart, 2008)
Leo de Castro
Johnny Rocco Band - Knocking On My Door (1975)
Friends (with Charlie Tumahai) - Lucille
Leo de Castro's late 70s band Babylon with a Dutch EP
Johnny Rocco Band, 1975.
The Johnny Rocco Band feat. Leo de Castro - Sweet Kisses (1975)
The Johnny Rocco Band feat. Leo de Castro - Heading In The Right Direction (1975)
King Harvest - Wichita Lineman/ By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Leo de Castro - Daylight (live at Republic Hotel, Hobart, 2008)
Leo de Castro and Cahoots, 1976: Leo (Kiwi Kino) de Castro, guitarist Harris Campbell (now deceased), drummer and percussionist Sunil de Silva, and bass player Billy Ryland


Mushroom Records

Warner Music

The Ritz Gramophone Company

20th Century Records


In the Radio NZ Musical Chairs programme about de Castro, promoter and friend Bob Burns recalled Leo getting up to sing with Renee Geyer and Ricky May - as well as AC/DC and Cold Chisel in their formative years.

During The Johnny Rocco Band's Kings Cross residency, many internationally renowned musicians stopped by to jam, including jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius, and British rock singer Paul Rodgers.

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