Paul Walden

Paul Walden grew up in a large musical family, by the banks of the Whanganui River. His father, Ben Tamatea Walden, was a talented singer, pianist, dancer and juggler and tutored his four children. By the age of four Walden was singing on stage with his twin brother and his two sisters, mainly hymns and traditional Māori music.

After leaving secondary school Walden joined his sister Mary's dance band in Wellington, where he soon came to the notice of radio stations 2ZB and 2YA, who placed him on several radio shows.

Paul Walden
1958 HMV publicity shot
Paul Walden in Hamilton in the late 1950s
Paul Walden, Christmas 1962, town unknown
Paul Walden in 1958 with Len Doran, Denny Mahn, Walden and John Mahn
A Paul Walden in-store at Wisemans Records, Queen Street, Auckland, 1958
Paul Walden rocking in the late 1950s
Country and western: pictured after visiting Nga-whatu Hospital, while on a Joe Brown tour, are (L-R) Paul Walden, John Hore and Peter Posa; on the horse is "Senor" Howard Morrison. From the Nelson Photo News, 17 Sept 1966.
HMV publicity shot
Paul Walden in Tauranga
Paul Walden, singer, at the drum kit - Wellington, early 1960s
Photo credit: Don Peat
Paul Walden in HMV studios, Wellington
A rock and roll extravaganza in Palmerston North with Paul Walden and Max Merritt & The Meteors
1958 HMV ad
Rocking out in Tauranga
Paul Walden, with guitar, and an unknown entertainer - the Pines, Wellington, early 1960s
John Hore and Paul Walden - A 1966 duet album released by Joe Brown to coincide with the Miss New Zealand tour the pair were performing as part of.
The 2013 Paul Walden reissue CD
Paul Walden, mid 1960s. The damaged print is autographed for Garth Young and his wife Maurine
HMV's reference for Paul on his trio to the UK in 1959
Paul Walden, 1960s
In Gisborne for the 1967 Miss New Zealand tour
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News


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