Dave McArtney, one of the founders of classic Kiwi rock band Hello Sailor, has died. The guitarist was well known for his time in the 1980’s band the Pink Flamingos, he died in his home in Pt. Chevalier, Auckland, reported the New Zealand Herald. Here are 5 fast facts you need to know about Dave McArtney.
1. Dave McArtney Hello Sailor Founding Member Has Died on April 15th,2013
Dave McArtney Hello Sailor founding member has died. Warner Music confirmed McArtney passed away overnight at his Auckland home. General Manager of Warner Music New Zealand, Phil Howling said “We are very shocked and saddened to hear of the news of Dave’s death. Dave was true Rock Royalty here in New Zealand, and it was a great pleasure to have known and worked with such a brilliant man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his immediate and musical family at this very sad time.” Dave McArtney was part of Kiwi Band Hello Sailor, whose hit songs included ‘Blue Lady’ and ‘Gutter Black.’
Sad news today – legendary Kiwi musician Dave McArtney has died. Dave was a member of Hello Sailor and later formed the Pink Flamingos.
— Warner Music NZ (@WarnerMusicNZ) April 15, 2013
McArtney formed The Pink Flamingos with songwriter Paul Hewson. McArtney signed to Polygram records and released their first album Dave McArtney & The Pink Flamingos in 1981. After Paul Hewson quit the band, they released EP Remember The Alamo and toured New Zealand extensively. The band decided to relocate to Sydney and sign to Polygram Australia. The second album was We Never Close was released in 1982.
‘Gutter Black,’ was the first song from Hello Sailor’s debut album, which was released in 1977. 20 years later the band found found their new audience through the theme song from Outrageous Fortune the New Zealand hit drama series. McArtney was nominated for a songwriting award the Silver Scroll and had major success as a music producer.
4. McArtney Was a Music Tutor From 2003 Until His Death
For the past decade McArtney worked as a music tutor at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand in Auckland. Students and colleagues had been told about McArtney’s death this morning.
5. McArtney Was Unwell and Spent a Week in the Hospital
According to McArtney’s band’s official Facebook page, McArtney had been unwell and recently spent a week in the hospital. It was just last Wednesday he was released. The band expected McArtney to recover but became shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s death. “His sudden death was not predicted and has come as a shock to all,” a post on the page said. R.I.P. Dave McArtney.