Leo De Castro

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b. New Zealand. Considered one of Australasia’s finest vocalists, De Castro began singing in his homeland New Zealand in 1967 with the Dallas Four, a vocal group that accompanied bands playing at dances.…
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b. New Zealand. Considered one of Australasia’s finest vocalists, De Castro began singing in his homeland New Zealand in 1967 with the Dallas Four, a vocal group that accompanied bands playing at dances. Moving to Australia in 1969, he quickly attracted attention as a member of the Browns, King Harvest and subsequent bands Flite and Friends. His singing on the two King Harvest covers of Jimmy Webb’s ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’ were perhaps the finest versions of these songs. Despite being plagued with health problems, De Castro continued to work in bands with high quality musicians; his voice could reproduce almost any vocal soul sound. Unfortunately his units hardly ever recorded, with the exception of his white soul Johnny Rocco Band of 1976, which toured the US east coast to promote the release of an album. Finding little success, the band broke up. After a number of years off the scene in the late 70s, he now resides in Tasmania where he leads a small-time pub band.