Gary and Tracey Brown unveiled another star – for country musician and comedian Kevin Greaves – on Ōrewa Boulevard’s NZ Walk of Fame on Sunday, June 26.
Gary says there was “a tremendous turnout of family, fans and followers of Kevin Greaves”, with around 200 people at the ceremony and after party at the Silverdale Rugby Club.
The after party featured some legends of NZ country music, including Dennis Marsh, Brendan Dugan, Marian Burns, James Ray, Brendan Ham and Kylie Austin.
In 2017, Kevin was presented with the Benny Award from the Variety Artists Club of NZ, the highest accolade awarded in the NZ Entertainment Industry. This award is voted on by his peers, which Kevin says means a lot to him. It was a very proud moment as he accepted it as it was 41 years after his famous father, country music pioneer Rusty Greaves, received the same award – they were the first father and son to achieve this.
Kevin first performed on-stage at the age of five and started his professional career at the age of 14. Before moving to Nashville in 1993, he was one of New Zealand’s busiest and most popular entertainers.
Over the years Kevin has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business, including Kenny Rogers, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Loggins, Hank Snow, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Johnny Lee, Carl Perkins, and The Drifters.
Gary says the NZ Walk of Fame will continue to grow and celebrate more famous Kiwi entertainers. The next star will be for the 1970’s Band The Rumour, which should be unveiled in September.