LEO de CASTRO (R.I.P.)

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First published March 2019

Leo De Castro passed away in Auckland on Sunday 3rd March 2019, aged 70.  Leo was ex the Dallas Four in New Zealand.  In Australia, Leo sang with King Harvest, The Johnny Rocco Band, Leo De Castro and Friends, and Leo De Castro and Babylon (amongst others).

Leo's death notice from the NZ Herald

Read an article about Leo's passing on Waatea News

Video of Leo with King Harvest

 TRIBUTES

After a career with Larry's Rebels...and then The Rebels plus a few other bands....I was asked to join King Harvest....with Leo De Castro fronting the band in Melbourne. 
I was a fan of King Harvest....one of the truly best Rock and Roll bands in Australia at the time.....and when they approached me to be their guitarist....I joined them with the greatest pleasure. 
The first gig I played with them....I could not believe the power of Leo's vocals....Lucille was the song....and it went for 20 minutes of pure hard arse rock'n' roll. 
This band rocked....and playing behind Leo was awesome. 
He was a funny...friendly person...always laughing...and loved his craft of singing with great players...and performing some great songs. 
Everyone loved Leo....for his massive vocals...they were truly awesome to hear....and his vocal range astounded  me and most others.....who heard him sing. 

So many good times....and great memories from working with him.... A great singer.....and such a great performer...
Sad day.....will be greatly missed I am sure. 
A great pleasure to have known and worked with a great talent...that of Leo De Castro.....more soul than any other singer of his genre....

Rest in peace "Kiwi" - John Williams
Kiwi - One of the greatest New Zealand soul and R n B singers EVER!  Leo touched us all and we will be forever grateful to have had him in our music lives. 
Leo was the meat on our music chops!  Sincere condolences to Leo’s family & closest friends. - Larry Morris
When our band the Troubled Minds left Hawkes Bay to make the ‘Big Time’ in Auckland, June ‘67. we played the Platterack,Durham Lane and Leo would guest in the late spot with the Dallas Four who had taken him under their wing. 

Man he would make you cry with his extremely soulful ballads, also just dropping in with bands at different clubs at the time and blowing everyone away.  We loved that guy...  Leo you inspired me to keep singing and also how to enjoy a song as you did.  Love and wonderful memories - Richard (Dick) Roberts
(email me your tribute to Leo and I'll add it in - andy@nzmusos.co.nz)

 

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