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Welcome to the NZ House of Song

Music empowers, heals, inspires and unites.

So every November and May, CHANNEL NORTHLAND / TE RAKI TV will travel back in time to honour TWENTY iconic songs recorded by Kiwis more than 30 years ago. Songs that were the soundtrack of our lives, if you are of a certain age. Songs that sound as fresh and relevant today as they did all those years ago.

From ‘Blue Smoke’, the first TANZA label release in 1949 thru to the worldwide Split Enz hit ‘I Got You’. You’ll see and hear ‘God Defend New Zealand’, ‘Maori Battalions’ and ‘Thanks To You’, and the amazing kiwi compositions ‘Let’s Think Of Something,’ ‘Nature’ and ‘Blue Lady’. Through these songs, we honour the artists who recorded them and those involved in their production. Like all of us, some songs and some performers were ‘born’ here, others were ‘imported’.

So every November and May, CHANNEL NORTHLAND / TE RAKI TV will travel back in time to honour TWENTY iconic songs recorded by Kiwis more than 30 years ago. Songs that were the soundtrack of our lives, if you are of a certain age. Songs that sound as fresh and relevant today as they did all those years ago.

From ‘Blue Smoke’, the first TANZA label release in 1949 thru to the worldwide Split Enz hit ‘I Got You’. You’ll see and hear ‘God Defend New Zealand’, ‘Maori Battalions’ and ‘Thanks To You’, and the amazing kiwi compositions ‘Let’s Think Of Something,’ ‘Nature’ and ‘Blue Lady’. Through these songs, we honour the artists who recorded them and those involved in their production. Like all of us, some songs and some performers were ‘born’ here, others were ‘imported’.

But all share the honour of being played on radio shows like ‘THE SWINGALONG SHOW’ on 1XN, Northland. Famed broadcaster Henare Te Ua (wikipedia) hosted that weekly pop show, sponsored by Paul Newberry who owned The Skylounge and Club 46 way back in the ’60s. Many Northland bands like The Quindells (the Pukeroa brothers and Mal Edwards,) The Clan (Cliff Andrews, Garry Williams, Peter Grattan and John Calder,) Classic Affair (Reg Ruka, Peter Topp and Keith Murch,) The Decibels (Clyde Brown, Kevin Jobbit and Dave Ryan), The Hangmen (John, Reg and Billy ‘T James’ Taitoko) and The Harry Mann Combo (with Harry on drums) played many of these songs at Northland dances, pubs and clubs.

And all of these artists toured Northland singing their hits. These songs are with us to this very day, ask any Tui! Check out ‘Do The Bluebeat’… rare footage of Dinah Lee in concert at Whangarei Town Hall exists on www.nzonscreen.com. ‘Opo The Dolphin’ celebrates Opononi in the 1950s and there are the big hits of Alison Durbin, John Rowles, and Dragon, nowadays featuring Dargaville lad Mark Williams on lead vocals. You’ll see him in the ‘April Sun’ video. Note we’ve honoured 21 songs this November; two versions of the beautiful ‘Pokare Ana’, one as ‘Sailing Away’ the theme song for the 1986 America’s Cup, featuring many singers who are no longer with us. You’ll see Northlander Ray Woolf in that one.

Learn more about these iconic kiwi artists and the stories behind the songs at www.audioculture.com Have fun… make up a quiz to link the singers with the songs… see if you can spot where the videos were made, learn words and chords, sing them to your friends and whanau. MAKE EVERY MONTH NZ MUSIC MONTH.

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    SPINNING SPINNING SPINNING

    The Simple Image – Spinning Spinning Spinning. New Zealand music – 1968. Loxene Golden Disc Award entry that narrowly missed winning to Allison Durbin’s big hit I Have Loved Me A Man. Spinning was a Number One single for two weeks in July 1968. The Simple Image had other hits with The Grooviest Girl in the World, and a cover of the Equals UK hit, Michael and the Slipper Tree.

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    SHOW YOUR LOVE

    Shona Laing – Show Your Love. New Zealand Music – 1973. Gold record sales. Top four single. RATA Award winning artist. I do not own anything in this video. All copyright goes to it’s rightful owners. No copyright infringement is intended. Posted purely to ensure this treasure of the seventies is remembered.

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    TIL WE KISSED

    Ray Columbus and the Invaders and their top 10 hit “Till we kissed”

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    SITTING IN THE RAIN

    This is the New Zealand Underdogs most popular recording – Sittin’ In The Rain, a John Mayall song interpreted here by Murray Grindlay, vocals, Lou Rawnsley, lead guitar, Harvey Mann, rhythm guitar, Tony Walton, drums and Neil Edwards, longest serving original band member, on bass. On the strength of this recording, The Underdogs were included in the C’mon Tour of New Zealand.

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    ST PAUL

    Shane singing his number one 1969 New Zealand hit Saint Paul, written about Paul McCartney.

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    RAIN AND TEARS

    Hi-Revving Tongues – Rain And Tears. New Zealand music – 1969. Number one hit single in November replacing Saint Paul by Shane at the top of the charts. This was a heyday for Kiwi artists with the week prior seeing a total of seven NZ acts in the Top Ten, Shane (2), The Hi-Revving Tongues (3), The Dedikation (4), Larry Morris (5), The Fourmyula (6), The Chicks (8) & The Simple Image (9). Rain And Tears was the groups biggest hit and was a cover of the Aphrodites Child song, whose lead singer was Demis Roussos. The Hi Revving Tongues went on to win the group award in the 1969 Loxene Golden Disc.

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    MISS SEPTEMBER

    The Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band was formed in late 1972 by a bunch of Victoria University students. Their instruments included kazoo, tea chest bass and washboard. Their first gig of any note was at the Ngaruawahia Music Festival in 1973, but it took their 1973 ‘New Faces’ appearance, where they were finalists, to really kick off their career. With their ridiculous stage costumes, infectious humour, bouncy songs and Worboys’ foghorn voice, they couldn’t miss.

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    MONTEGO BAY

    Jon Stevens – Montego Bay. New Zealand music – 1980. Number One hit single for seven weeks and was voted ‘Single of the Year’ at the 1980 New Zealand Music Awards. Montego Bay was Jon Stevens follow up single to the number one hit single Jezebel which Montego Bay knocked from the number one position in January 1980.

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    I SEE RED

    Split Enz live @ Rod Laver Arena.

    June 2006.

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    HOKI MAI

    Hoki Mai · Prince Tui Teka

    The Maori Album

    ℗ 2002 Ode Record Company – 2002

    Released on: 2002-06-25

    Author: RR
    Composer: RR

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    DANCE ALL AROUND THE WORLD

    Bruno Lawrence

    1972

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    DAMN THE DAMN

    John Hanlon – Damn The Dam. New Zealand music – 1973. Number five hit single. RATA Single of the Year Winner 1973. Protest song against the damning of Lake Manapouri for a hydro power station. I do not own anything in this video. All copyright goes to it’s rightful owners. No copyright infringement is intended. Posted purely to ensure this treasure of the seventies is remembered.

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    TEARS

    The Crocodiles evolved from the group Spats, releasing their first album Tears in 1980, which included the top 20 hit of the same name. Managed by one-time member of Split Enz, Mike Chunn, the pop band underwent numerous line-up changes in its short lifespan. At various times it included several members who went on to become household names, such as singer Jenny Morris and drummer and acting legend Bruno Lawrence, who was replaced by Ian Gilroy (The Swingers). The band called it a day in 1981.

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    MY SON JOHN

    Rebels – My Son John. New Zealand music 1969. After Larry Morris left the popular NZ band Larry’s Rebels the band became simply the Rebels. Their first single My Son John went straight to number one. My Son John spent two weeks at the top of the charts in April keeping Fleetwood Mac from the top spot. The band relocated to Australia and released just one more single with no success and then disbanded in 1970. Band member Mal Logan went on to join the Little River Band.

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    TUMBLING DOWN

    Maria Dallas performing Tumblin’ Down (1967)

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    BRANDY

    Bunny Walters – Brandy. New Zealand music – 1972. Top Ten hit in NZ peaking at number four in February 1972 (remained in top ten till April). Originally released by Scott English in 1971. Released by Barry Manilow in 1974 as ‘Mandy’. I do not own anything in this video. All copyright goes to it’s rightful owners. No copyright infringement is intended. Posted purely to ensure this treasure of the seventies is remembered.

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    ASIAN PARADISE

    Sharon O’Neill

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    PRETTY GIRL

    Pretty Girl performed by Hogsnort Rupert at the Century Theatre Napier NZ, Nov 2010

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    YESTERDAY WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF MY LIFE

    Mark Williams – 1981

    Chur the bro.

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    MANU RERE

    Manu Rere (2015 Remastered Version) · Daphne Walker, Georgie & Ann, Bill Wolfgramm And His Islanders

    South Sea Rhythm/ Melodies Of Maoriland (2015 Remastered version)

    ℗ Tanza

    Released on: 1956-03-21

    Author: Ee McKinley
    Composer: Ee McKinley
    Music Publisher: South Seas Publishing

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    SAILING AWAY

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    BLUE LADY

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    GOOD MORNING MR ROCK ‘N ROLL

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    MAORI BATTALION

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    I HAVE LOVED ME A MAN

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    I GOT YOU

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    IF I ONLY HAD TIME

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    TEN GUITARS

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    APRIL SUN IN CUBA

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    LET’S THINK OF SOMETHING

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    HOW IS THE AIR UP THERE

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    SHE’S A MOD

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    BLUE SMOKE

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    DO THE BLUEBEAT

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    THANKS TO YOU

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    SLIPPIN AWAY

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    WHITE RABBIT

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    OPO THE DOLPHIN

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    GOD DEFEND NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand National Anthem

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    NATURE

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    POKARE ANA

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