In the late '60s, New Zealand had its own version of the international hitmakers the Righteous Brothers, known as the Real Thing. The duo was based out of Auckland and featured the singing match-up of Alan Galbraith and Ken Elliot. The latter performer is not to be confused with other artists of the same name, such as the synthesizer player from the Seventh Wave band. Furthermore, he could have avoided such complications completely had he decided to use his real name, Ken Murphy, in credits. Galbraith had formerly enjoyed success as frontline vocalist with the expansive group Sounds Unlimited. Murphy/Elliot wandered into the Kiwi metropolis from Hamilton, where he had been working with the stylish combo Trends. The Real Thing proved to be fleeting, if indeed genuine, because despite the ability of both singers to hold forth in the patented blue-eyed soul manner, record sales were considered low even by New Zealand standards. Galbraith became a record producer after the duo imploded, while Elliot headed for the larger music scene of Sydney, Australia. He continued singing in a series of rock groups including Samael, the Affair, and Levi Smith's Clefs.
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