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Dragon (band)

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Dragon was the name of a popular New Zealand/Australian rock band, led by lead singer Marc Hunter and his brother Todd Hunter. Originally formed in 1974, Dragon recorded two progressive rock albums in their native New Zealand, Universal Radio and Scented Gardens for the Blind, and eventually landed a contract in Australia with CBS Records. Between 1975 and 1979, Dragon had major hits on the Australian pop charts with songs like "April Sun in Cuba," "Are You Old Enough" and "Still In Love With You." After a disastrous American tour, in which Marc Hunter incited a Texas crowd and the band had to dodge flying beer bottles, Dragon broke up.

The group reunited in 1983, as American keyboardist Alan Mansfield and British drummer Terry Chambers, formerly from the band XTC, joined Dragon. The group's 1983 album Body and the Beat became one of the biggest-selling albums in Australia and New Zealand, and their song "Rain" became an international hit. Dragon continued to record off and on until 1998, when lead singer Marc Hunter was diagnosed with throat cancer. He died later that year.

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