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Eddie Rayner


Music director
Rikky and Pete

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Birth name
Anthony Edward Charles Rayner

19 November 1952 (age 71) Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand (

Musician, singer, songwriter, and music producer

Keyboards, organ, piano, mellotron, percussion, clavinet, synthesizer

Music groups
Split Enz (1974 – 1984), The Makers

Waiata, Mental Notes, Conflicting Emotions, True Colours, Dizrythmia

Similar People
Phil Judd, Noel Crombie, Tim Finn, Nigel Griggs, Mike Chunn

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Eddie Rayner (born Anthony Edward Charles Rayner on 19 November 1952), is a New Zealand musician who spent twelve years as a keyboardist in the band Split Enz. He has also played in the groups Orb, Space Waltz, Crowded House, The Makers and 801.


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Rayner has released two solo albums. The first, Horse, was an instrumental offering released in 1995, recorded entirely at Rayner's home studio in Melbourne, Australia. The second was entitled Play it Straight, a play on a Philip Judd Split Enz song called Play it Strange that was a particular favourite of Rayner's during the mid- to late-1970s. The song never made an album, but was played live when Judd rejoined the band in 1977. Play it Straight consisted of re-arranged and re-recorded versions of material gleaned from other New Zealand composers.

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Rayner's keyboard talents were a notable part of the Split Enz sound. Paul McCartney caught one of their shows in 1979 and became a fan of the band, eventually inviting Rayner to play keyboards on his sixth solo album, Press to Play, which was released in 1986. Rayner has also produced material for many artists including Models, Margaret Urlich, Margot Smith, and The Exponents, as well as two Enzso recordings with Split Enz members, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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During the late 1990s Eddie Rayner decided to take the Split Enz songs to an orchestral setting. This sparked the idea for the Enzso project. Along with his synth, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, some Newland Singers and some of his old mates from Split Enz, he created orchestral versions for Split Enz songs. The project ended between late 1999 and early 2000.

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Recently he has acted as Musical Director for television show New Zealand Idol, and participated in reunions of Split Enz and Space Waltz. He is currently a member of the 1960s cover band The Con-Rays.

Eddie's son Harley Rayner is one of the members of dub band Mt Eden.

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During the career of Split Enz, Rayner used a wide, changing array of keyboards. In the band's early progressive rock incarnation he used a variety of keyboards, including a Mellotron, but his mainstays during the band's most popular phase were a Yamaha CP-80 electro-acoustic piano, a Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer, and a Prophet 5. When he played keyboards for Crowded House on tour during the late 1980s, he was seen to be using a Yamaha DX7 and a Yamaha Clavinova of some type. Lately, when touring with the Enz, Eddie used a Yamaha Motif and a Clavia Nord Wave.


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