Dave Dobbyn Biography
Dave Dobbyn (David Joseph Dobbyn) is a New Zealand musician and record producer born on 3rd January 1957 in New Zealand. He won Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards for his 1988 album Loyal. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2001.
Dave Dobbyn was influenced by music from a young age, ranging from the Irish songs his father listened to, to the music of the church across the road, to the various radio stations he was able to pick up on the family radiogram.His family had a piano at home but he never received piano lessons.
He attended Sacred Heart College, after graduating high school he worked nine months as a bank teller, and applied to teachers college twice, to be accepted on the second try.
Dave Dobbyn Age
Dobbyn is 62 years old as of 2019. He was born on 3rd January 1957.
Dave Dobbyn Family
He is the third of five children to tour-bus driver Terry Dobbyn and Molly.
Dave Dobbyn Wife
Dobbyn is married to Anneliesje Dobbyn whom he met at a Whangamata Dudes New Years’ show and got married to her in 1983.
Dave Dobbyn Children
Dobbyn and his wife have two children: Grace and Eli. Dave said he was lucky to have children later in life, as he’d had a chance to establish his career first.
“I had done my time touring for 20 odd years, so I could afford not to spend so much time on the road. It sometimes affects the kids, because their dad is Dave Dobbyn, and sometimes people are interested in that. The kids still have their own identity, and we do talk about that to make sure they have their own identity.”
Dobbyn was a heavy drinker before the birth of his daughter but as soon as his daughter was born, he had to quit drinking.
“You realize how much your kids take in, and how it’s affecting them seeing someone stumbling around.”
Dave Dobbyn Music Career
While at Sacred Heart College Dave Dobbyn met Ian Morris and Peter Urlich. As he started teacher’s college he was asked by Morris and Urlich to join the band that would become Th’ Dudes.
Dave Dobbyn Bands
In 1975, he joined the rock band, Th’ Dudes, as a guitarist. After performing with the band for a year, Dobbyn quit teachers’ college to focus on the band full-time. He however suffered extreme stage fright and played early performances standing at the back with his eyes closed. However, he took on the role of frontman for the song “Be Mine Tonight” (1978). The song won single of the year in 1979 in New Zealand and led to many critics seeing him as the breakout star of the band. Th’ Dudes disbanded in 1980.
In 1990, Dave formed a pop group by the name DD Smash. The band released its debut album ‘Cool Bananas’ in 1982 and debuted in the New Zealand charts at number one.
DD smash released Deep in the Heart of Taxes (1983), an album recorded live at Auckland’s popular eighties venue Mainstreet. They released their final album, The Optimist, in 1984. The band disbanded in 1986.
In December 1984, DD Smash were playing an outdoor concert in Aotea Square in Auckland. During their set a power failure led sections of the crowd to become restless. Some of the crowd started throwing beer bottles and police arrested them. The situation escalated and the riot squad was called in. Dobbyn made negative remarks about the police which allegedly spurred on the crowd. The concert was stopped by the police and sections of the crowd rioted, smashing shop windows along Queen Street. Prime Minister David Lange called a commission of inquiry and as a result Dobbyn was charged with inciting a riot. The criminal prosecution against Dobbyn began June 1985. His lawyer successfully defended him and he was acquitted on the charge of “behaving in a manner likely to cause violence against person or property and using insulting language”.
Dave Dobbyn Solo Career
In 1986 he wrote the soundtrack music for the animated feature film Footrot Flats: ‘The Dog’s Tale’. After the release of the film, “Slice of Heaven” became one of Dobbyn’s best-known songs, frequently used in tourism advertisements aired on Australian television that encouraged people to visit New Zealand. With the success of the song in Australia, Dobbyn settled in Australia.
In 1988 Dobbyn released his debut solo album, Loyal, a personal celebration of love and loyalty.The album was called “un-releasable” by Dobbyn’s record label at the time and was shelved for a year until its eventual release. After nearly a decade in Australia, Dobbyn moved back to Auckland in the early 1990s, and made 1994’s Twist with fellow New Zealander and recently returned singer-songwriter Neil Finn.
In 1995 Dobbyn became one of the first musical performers in the world to simulcast a performance. However, it was hindered by technical problems.
Dobbyn took on the role of producer in fourth solo album, The Islander. The album received widespread popular and critical acclaim, reaching number 1 on the New Zealand charts.
In 2012, Dave was part of the all-star lineup for the Flight of the Conchords charity single Feel Inside. The song debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand music chart and remained there for two weeks.
Dave Dobbyn Albums
- 1986: Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale
- 2000: Together in Concert: Live
- 1998: The Islander
- 2005: Available Light
- 1988: Loyal
- 1993: Lament for the Numb
- 2010: Hopetown
- 1994: Twist
- 2008: Anotherland
- 2016: Harmony House
- 1999: Overnight Success
- 1992: The Dave Dobbyn Collection
- 2009: Beside You: 30 Years of Hits
- 2001: Where Are the Girls?: Th’ Definitive Collection
- 2017: A Slice of Heaven: 40 Years of Hits
Dave Dobbyn Songs
|1981||Lipstick Power||Non-album singles|
|Bull by the Horns|
|1986||Slice of Heaven (Dave Dobbyn with Herbs)||Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale|
|You Oughta Be in Love|
|Sailing Away (All of Us)||Non-album single|
|1988||Love You Like I Should||Loyal|
|1989||Space Junk (Dave Dobbyn and the Lunettes)||Non-album singles|
|1993||Maybe the Rain (Dave Dobbyn and the Stone People)||Lament for the Numb|
|Don’t Hold Your Breath(Dave Dobbyn and the Stone People)|
|1995||Lap of the Gods|
|1996||Poor Boy (ENZSO – lead vocals by Dave Dobbyn)||Enzso|
|Hanging in the Wire|
|2000||Just Add Water||Hopetown|
|My Kinda People|
|2005||Welcome Home||Available Light|
|Pour the Wine|
|2006||You Got Heart|
|2008||Wild Kisses Like Rain||Anotherland|
|2012||Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That) (Flight of the Conchords)||Non-album singles|
|2014||This Love (Dave Dobbyn and the Orpheus Choir of Wellington)|
|2015||Team, Ball, Player, Thing|
(#KiwisCureBatten featuring Lorde, Kimbra, Brooke Fraser, et al.)
|2017||Nau Mai Rā (Welcome Home)|
Dave Dobbyn Concert – Tour
- Friday, 25 January 2019 at 22:00
San Antonio, USA
- Saturday 20 April 2019
with Fly My Pretties
Cargo Brewery, Queenstown, New Zealand
Dave Dobbyn Youtube
The singer has his own YouTube channel for his music, click here to view more of his videos and listen to his music.
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