Graham Brazier, musician & songwriter, died at 63

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Graham Brazier, born May 6, 1952 and died on September 4, 2015 of a heart attack.

He was a New Zealand musician and songwriter. He first came to prominence in the band Hello Sailor.

After Hello Sailor he formed a band called the Legionnaires. When he was growing up, he lived above his mother’s bookshop in Dominion Road in Auckland and he collects first editions.

His childhood was fashioned seeing R.A.K. Mason, Rex Fairburn, Kevin Ireland and other writers in the shop.

Brazier left Mt Roskill Grammar at age 15 for his first job at Whitcombe & Tombs. He began writing songs when he was 19.

Although Brazier has claimed he turned down an offer to join The Doors post-Jim Morrison, it has been stated by Doors ex-manager and biographer, Danny Sugerman, to be “somewhat exaggerated”.

Two Brazier associated songs are included in the official top 100 New Zealand songs.

They are “Blue Lady” alongside his first band, Hello Sailor, as well as “Billy Bold” from his solo career.

It was reported on 7 October 2012 that Graham Brazier was charged with assaulting his two former partners.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of male assaults female and one count of common assault.

Graham Brazier suffered a heart attack in August 2015, and died in Auckland on 4 September 2015 at age 63.