The Action

A hot 1960s Auckland R&B act, The Action went through some changes before adopting an upbeat soul style and producing four strong singles for Zodiac Records.

The original line-up featured Jack Stradwick on bass and vocals, his brother Dan on guitar and vocals, John Bisset on rhythm guitar, then organ and Bryan Harris drumming.

The Action at Sydney's Hawaiian Eye in 1969, with Evan Silva in front and Andy Anderson on drums
The Action in a still from the movie Vision
Photo credit: Evan Silva Collection
The Action shortly after arriving in Sydney
The Action: John Kristian, Bryan Harris, John Bisset, Jack Stradwick, Evan Silva
Photo credit: John Bisset Collection

Jack Stradwick - vocals, bass

Dan Stradwick - guitar, vocals

Bryan Harris - drums

John Bisset - guitar, organ

Evan Silva - vocals

John Kristian - guitar

Mike Wilson - guitar

Andy Anderson - drums

Brett Neilsen - drums

Gus Fenwick - bass, vocals


The Action were frequent performers on New Zealand pop TV show, C’Mon and appeared on Australia TV show, Bandstand.

They had residencies at Top Twenty and Galaxie Ballroom in Auckland and toured heartland New Zealand.

Evan Silva and Jack Stradwick are now Christian pastors in Auckland. Both still play and record.

John Bisset joined Australian prog-rockers Fraternity where he performed alongside a pre-AC/DC Bon Scott. He also played for a short time in Mungo Jerry.



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