Part one: Canaries and Crooners
Part one looks at the early stars of New Zealand recording: singers such as Pixie Williams, Mavis Rivers, Esme Stephens, Pat McMinn, and vocal groups such as the Knaves and the Stardusters.
Part two: Cowboys and Hawaiians
Once the recording industry was established in 1949, besides novelty pop, the two genres that dominated were both of American origin, but enthusiastically adopted by New Zealand artists and record companies. This episode includes artists Tex Morton and the Tumbleweeds, Rex and Noelene Franklin, and Johnny Granger. The Hawaiian style was hugely popular, featuring the lap steel guitar of Bill Sevesi and the creamy vocals of singers such as Daphne Walker and George Tumahai.
Part three: Beneath the Maori Moon
The earliest "pop" recordings were of Maori and throughout the development of New Zealand pop, Maori musicians continued to dominate the industry. This episode includes pioneers such as the Tahiwis and the legendary Campbell brothers Phil, George and Lew. It also touches on the early days of the Maori showband and the biggest act New Zealand had yet seen: the Howard Morrison Quartet.
Part four: Radio and New Zealand Pop
Part four looks at the radio dance bands of the 1940s and 50s, which showcased the country's top jazz players performing swing and standards live to air. Artists featured include Dale Alderton, Esme Stephens, Freddie Gore, Martin Winiata and the doyen of music broadcasters, Arthur "Turntable" Pearce.
Part one: After Hours
Part one looks at early recordings of New Zealand musical comedians, cabaret acts and solo artists. Among the performers featured will be Kahu Pineaha, Lou and Simon, Noel McKay, Bas Tubert and Ash Burton.
Part two: Sunsets and Sunrises
Part two covers early mainstream pop acts, small jazz combos, and the role played by radio in disseminating New Zealand popular music. It looks at the changes in pop radio, from the conservative approach of ZB in the 1950s to the dawn of pop radio as we understand it now. Archive clips of The Lever Hit Parade will be included.
Part three: Pie Cart Rock'n'Roll
The arrival of rock’n’roll in New Zealand, the reactions of musicians, and the Twist phenomenon. Among the acts featured will be Johnny Cooper, Johnny Devlin, Eddie Howell, Teddy Bennett, the Keil Isles, the Supersonics and Max Merritt and the Meteors.
Part four: Kiwi Rhythm Calls
Original songwriting in New Zealand in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in pop, country and folk. Among the writers and performers featured are Sam Freedman, Ken Avery, Jay Epae, Rex Franklin Val Murphy, Willow Macky and Pat Neho.
Part one: Combos and Comedians
7pm Sunday 4 December 2011
Chris Bourke looks at small jazz groups, musical comedy acts and cabaret.
Part two: Beat Groups, Bobby Soxers and Bohemians
Part two looks at guitar bands, teenage pop and folkies.
Part three: These Kia Ora Islands
New Zealand original songwriting and cover versions of overseas hits.