Once Richard Clapton’s Guitarist Red McKelvie Died

Richard Clapton’s band in the early 70s with Red McKelvie in the middle

by Paul Kashmir on May 2, 2022

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Red McKelvie, New Zealand guitarist on Richard Clapton’s debut album ‘Prussian Blue’, has died.

In a Facebook post, Richard said: “It is with immense sadness that I have to announce the passing of Red McKelvie. When I returned from 6 years in Europe I didn’t know anyone in Australia and Red was the first Aussie musician I met Red played on Prussian Blue and all those well known licks on Girls on the Avenue He was in my band for a few years and was one of the most honest people I I’ve ever met and will miss him dearly (he was actually a Kiwi) and I can still hear him say “A good day’s work for a dollar a good day, huh, digger!”

Red was born Bertram McKelvie in Christchurch, New Zealand. He moved to Sydney in 1967 and became a session musician. In 1970, he joined The Flying Circus and directed the group towards a country sound.

Red returned to New Zealand in 1975 and became a producer working on records for Patsy Riggir. It was not until 2007 that he released his first solo album “Ridin’ On Trains – Songs of New Zealand and Australia”.

Red McKelvie passed away on April 22, 2022.

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