A recipient in Monday's Queen's Birthday Honors List, Shane Hales reflects on his time at the very top of New Zealand entertainment.
Shane's music career started in 1965 with the Australian band, The Pleazers. He then went solo, releasing 'Saint Paul' which went straight to number 1. He was spotted by TV producer Kevan Moore who had turned up to an Auckland club to audition another vocalist for a resident slot replacing Mr Lee Grant on the tv pop show C’mon — but Hales got the job instead.
He tells Jesse Mulligan about those heady days of the late 1960s, as a kiwi pop idol complete with screaming fans, and how his life and career took a grim turn after a personal tragedy.