Jordan Luck

Category Three: Nationally Recognised Notable New Zealanders

Early Days

  • Born in 1961 in Vanderhoof, British Columbia
  • Family moved to Tokarahi (near Oamaru), then to Geraldine where he grew up.


  • Geraldine High School
  • University of Canterbury


  • First inductee to the NZ Music Hall of Fame (2007)


  • Lead singer and songwriter for NZ rock band The Exponents
  • Luck’s first band, Basement, was locally based and popular with the youth of South Canterbury
  • Luck then moved, with guitarist Brian Jones, to Christchurch where they formed The Dance Exponents in 1981, with fellow band members Steve Cowan, David Gent and Michael Harralambi. They were signed to Mushroom Records and recorded a number of catchy, radio friendly hits songs such as Victoria (1982), and I’ll Say Goodbye Even Though I’m Blue. They also recorded the song Christchurch (On Cashel Street I wait).
  • Their first album was Prayers Be Answered (1983), followed by Expectations (1985) and Amplifier (1986).
  • Luck re-formed the band as The Exponents, and released five further albums - including sing-a-long classic singles such as Who Loves Who the Most, and Why Does Love Do This to Me?
  • Their albums wereSomething Beginning With C (1992), Grassy Knoll (1994), Once Bitten, Twice Bitten (a collection of singles, 1995),Better Never Than Late (1997), Hello, Love You, Goodbye (2000) and a best-of compilation, Sex and Agriculture (2006).
  • The band changed to Luck and Jordan continues to write, tour and record.

Last updated: 16 Sep 2021