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By December they had no work, little money and even fewer prospects. During the first six months of they continued to gig, but the venues were poor. He indicated that some of the songs showed promise and that CBS might be interested.
Polygram were happy to let them go and CBS offered a new contract. The first single for CBS was released in July It was "Wait Until Tomorrow", written by Taylor. It had previously been released by Mammal under the title "Wait". With CBS now behind the band, they started playing in the more up-market clubs around Sydney and Melbourne.
Even with television exposure and articles in the rock press, the single never took off. Recognising that they would only get one more chance with the record company, they had to produce a hit. All five members put their heads together and spent a whole night writing a song. The outcome was "This Time" and the single was released in September The flip side was "Dreaded Moroczy Bind".
For the first time Dragon started receiving radio airplay. Things were definitely on the up. With prospects looking good, tragedy struck. Neil Storey was found dead, having choked on his vomit after a heroin overdose. His untimely death gave the media a field day. It was not the sort of publicity the band needed at this point in their career. Todd, unsure what to do with the band, called Graeme Nesbitt, who was still in and out of jail, and he told him to continue with a new drummer.
Terry Tolhurst was tried first before Nesbitt organised just the person for them. A 20 year old drummer from Wellington was recruited. The publicity that followed Neil's death made it hard for the group to deal with, so their new manager Sebastian Chase took them away to recover and rehearse their new drummer.
Meanwhile, just one week after Neil's death, the single "This Time" was on the Sydney charts and after being picked up by other states it peaked at number 26 on the Australian national charts in November With the success of this single, Chase sent them touring around the country.
They tightened up as a group and along the way began gaining fans like never before. In March they had a short break to record an album. With this complete it was back on the road, with a new single being released while the album was being put together. This single peaked at number 13 on the charts. In May the album was released. Called "Sunshine" it was not long before it went gold, reaching 24 on the albums chart.
Although there were songs by the others, it was the Hewson songs that generated the most interest. Portrait Version. Success was now with them. They soon became Australia's number one band. The sudden move from poverty to wealth meant that they had more cash to spend. An item on top of the shopping list was drugs. Late in the year they were back in the recording studio to record another album.
Anticipation of its release saw the album go gold on pre-release sales alone. Again a mixture of songs from the four songwriters, the standout release was "April Sun In Cuba". Having not performed in New Zealand for nearly three years left them not as popular as some other locally based groups. They returned again in February to support Boz Scaggs at Western Springs, before returning to Australia to commence their largest national tour to date.
The tour was one of their most successful ventures, although controversial at times, but the overheads were enormous, with the band members really living it up.
Drugs and alcohol were becoming a major ingredient. By the end of the tour, Paul and Marc were the worst for wear. Paul had developed a serious drug habit, but through it all he still managed to churn out some further great songs. Marc had joined him with the drugs, while Robert and Kerry consumed the alcohol. The only one to stay reasonably responsible was Todd. While on tour they made the headlines around the country for reasons other than their music. While having a break during the tour at Magnetic Island, they managed to destroy the place.
On completion of the tour Dawkins had them back in the studio to record their third Australian album. While this was happening, another Hewson composition was released as a single in April The new album "O Zambesi" was released in September It was their biggest selling album, reaching number 3 on the album charts.
It provided the group with their only number one single on the Australian charts. Dragon was scheduled to take their music to the USA. They left on November 11 and from the moment they arrived, they continued the antics that they had enjoyed during the tour of the previous few months. They were sent on a support tour that had them totally mismatched and their audiences were not impressed. At meetings with their American record company, they either didn't show up or when they did, they were totally off their faces.
Relationships with their American record company became very cool. They had blown any chance of making it in the US. On return to Australia, the second single from the album was released. Dragon was still popular and the single reached 27 by the end of the year. A few more gigs were organised up and down the country but the level of support was fading. Marc's voice was suffering from over-abuse and his on-stage antics were worse. It was time to do something about it.
Marc was officially sacked from the group in March Once his health was restored, he set forth on a solo career. See Marc Hunter. It was going to be difficult to replace the frontman, and they settled on using two friends, singer-saxophonist Billy Rogers from Perth band Hard Rock Cafe , and electric violinist Richard Lee, who had appeared on the O Zambezi album. This combination was different to what had been before. They aimed for a more sophisticated audience and even changed their musical style.
The old fans bought it and it ended up peaking at number 8 on the albums chart. Containing seven songs from their previous three albums and three singles, it was a great selection of their music, even if it was a bit presumptuous calling it Volume 1.
Dragon returned to New Zealand for their first national tour in September, but the trip was not successful. Back in Australia the new look Dragon entered the recording studio once more and the result was the album "Power Play". Neither of these singles even made it to the charts. With the change in musical direction, there was not much room for Hewson's winning style. The album bombed miserably, struggling to 64 on the album charts, the worst position of any album they ever released.
With audience numbers dropping and debts going up, Dragon decided to call it a day in December , with each member going their own separate way. Marc pursued his solo career, Robert Taylor played with Sydney pub band the Magnetics. Todd played with the Headhunters and XL Capris in Paul had the greatest success, returning to New Zealand he joined the Pink Flamingos. Two and a half years went by before one of the greatest comebacks by a New Zealand group took place.
Dragon reformed in August with their classic line-up of the Hunter brothers, Hewson, Taylor and Jacobsen. When they disbanded in , they had left some large debts behind. The main reason for the reformation was to do some gigs to pay off the debts.
They did a quick tour, played all the old hits and packed in the crowds. It was obvious that there was still some magic there. With this in mind they decided to continue. This proved to be a monster hit, reaching number 2 on the charts.
Both singles were produced by Alan Mansfield, who had worked with Robert Palmer. Alan's relationship with the group was so successful that he was invited to join the group on guitar and keyboards. Late in drummer Kerry Jacobsen fell ill with a badly infected finger. Dragon Dreams of Ordinary Man platinum. Retrieved 28 April The triangle symbol indicates platinum certification. Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July Retrieved 24 June Live One Dragon's Greatest Hits Vol. Chase the Sun The Great Divide Categories : Dragon band Rock music group discographies Pop music group discographies.
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