Barry Leef on Musical Chairs
This Blenheim lad began his professional music career with Simple Image. After several hits including 'Spinning, Spinning, Spinning' Leef tired of sickly sweet pop songs and swapped places with the lead vocalist of Christchurch unit Retaliation. He moved with them to Australia. Being asked to join Frank Zappa's band propelled Barry Leef into the limelight in Australia and he was soon in demand for residencies and an endless string of studio sessions for other people's records and jingles. Since then he's fronted top local bands Crossfire and Supermarket and continues to play the traps after 40-years fronting three different bands. Keith Newman talks to Barry Leef for Musical Chairs.