Rick Steele


Country bluesman Rick Steele had already appeared on television and had a single in the lower reaches of the New Zealand charts before he moved to Perth in 1971 and began writing songs.

As he became more confident in them, Steele sent demos to friends back in Auckland. One recipient was Mandrill Studios co-owner Glyn Tucker, who was looking to set up a corresponding recording company.

Rick Steele - Take It Or Leave It (Mandrill, 1977)
Rick Steele - Eve of Destruction (2019)
Rick Steele at the Nambassa Festival, January 1979.
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Rick Steele at the Nambassa Festival, January 1979.
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Rick Steele & Marc Gordon - Live at Perth Blues Club 2022
Rick Steele - Suzie Star (Polydor, 1977)
Rick Steele - Country Giants (Music For Leisure, 1980)
Rick Steele - The Ballad Of Arthur Allan Thomas (Philips, 1980)
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Rick Steele’s first public performance, Top 20 Nitespot, 1963. He took the bus into Auckland and persuaded resident band The Premiers to let him sing.
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Rick Steele at Perth Blues Club, 2016: 'ANZAC"
Vocal group The Vision released one single on Zodiac in 1969. Left to right: Sel Nash, John Steele, Rick Steele, Beth Russell.
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Perth 1973: Advertisement for Rick Steele’s performances at Kelly’s in Fremantle, WA.
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Radio With Pictures - Sweetwaters (1980)
The College Folk appearing on NZBC show The Country Touch in 1968. Left to right: Peter Carter, John Steele, Christine Grubb, Rick Steele, Jenny Andrews, John Melhop.
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Rick Steele’s Hot Biscuit Band in the late 1970s. Left to right: Paul Kunac, Steele, Mike Parker, David Strachan.
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Rick Steele in 1979.
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Rick Steele interview on The Profile, 2019
Mandrill owner Glyn Tucker and Rick Steele at the desk in Mandrill Studios, mixing Steele’s debut record, 1977.
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Not my own hair: A teenaged Rick Steele in Beatles wig, 1960s.
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Rick Steele and band, Nambassa, January 1979
Dave Maybee and friends on the front steps of their bungalow in Woodford Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, c 1978/79. Dave describes the personnel, from left: "Les Neil, one the earliest guitarists (along with Red McKelvie) who could play country style guitar playing associated with the Elvis/Memphis sound of Scotty Moore/James Burton. Next to Les is Mike Parsonage, the original guitarist from the Rumour. Centre left is country-blues legend Rick Steele (from Auckland’s Rick Steele & the Hot Biscuit Band). Centre right is Billy Brothers, a pedal steel/bass player from Auckland, then myself. On the far right is Lou Rawnsley, original guitarist from The Underdogs. Billy, Louis and myself were all together in Auckland's first reggae and swing band Bamboo, the band had their practice room downstairs in the house ... in an additional flat adjoining the house lived Billy TK (Snr), arguably one of NZ’s seminal guitarists!"
Session guitarist Red McKelvie (left) sits in with Rick Steele and The Hot Biscuit Band in Auckland in the late 1970s.
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Appearing on TV show Ready To Roll. Rick Steele’s profile was raised when he was flown to Wellington to perform the Kenny Rogers hit ‘Lucille’, 1977.
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Artwork for Rick Steele’s 2008 solo album Through My Eyes, produced by his son Luke Steele of electro pop duo Empire Of The Sun.
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Rick Steele in Perth, 1972.
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Perth 1973: Advertisement for Rick Steele’s performances at Kelly’s in Fremantle, WA.
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Rick Steele - Take It Or Leave It (1976, Mandrill)
Rick Steele - Bloody Daggaville (1976, Mandrill)
Rick Steele and backing singer Colleen Ralph, 1978.
Rick Steele - Take It Or Leave It (Philips, 1980)
Rick Steele performing in Perth, 1972.
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Rick Steele - Life Gets Tedious (Polydor, 1977)
Rick Steele (left) with 'Streets of London' English folk singer-songwriter Ralph McTell, Perth, 2000s.
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First Guitar: King’s College boarder Rick Steele with the guitar he purchased from money made mowing lawns, 1961.
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