Pixie Williams (1928 - 2013)

Remembering the singer of one of New Zealand's best known songs, 'Blue Smoke'.

'Blue Smoke' was the first fully recorded and processed New Zealand gramophone recording on TANZA-1 (a label launched 'To Assist New Zealand Artists').

The song, composed by Ruru Karaitiana (1909 - 1970) was sung by Pixie Williams (1928 - 2013) and backed by the Ruru Karaitiana Quintet. It sold over 20,000 copies in its first year, stayed at the top of the New Zealand hit parade for six weeks and became a perennial request session favourite.

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