27 Feb 2022

Blue Smoke: Josie Rika

From Blue Smoke, 8:30 pm on 27 February 2022
Josie Rika

Josie Rika Photo: Supplied

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Why was a woman regarded as New Zealand's best soul singer of her generation hardly known outside Auckland's musicians and the city's nightclub audiences? Josie Rika was in constant demand for backing vocals and jingles, but left very few recordings behind. Chris Bourke celebrates her talent on this episode of Blue Smoke.

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Music Details

Artist: DD Smash
Track: Outlook for Thursday
Composer: Dobbyn/Warren/Kinney/Guy
45rpm single
Label: Mushroom NZ

Artist: Cruise Lane with Lou Rawnsley, Josie Rika & Dave Stewart
Track: We All Have to Find Our Way Home
Composer: Murray Grindlay
45rpm single
Label: Family

Artist: Headband
Track: I Get High (Oleana)
Composer: Adderley-Hill
Album: Rock Garden
Label: Key

Artist: Rainbow
Track: Dr Rock & Roll
Composer: Gary St Clair
45rpm single
Label: Family

Artist: Josie Hamilton Rika
Track: Hello Love, Goodbye Blues
Composer: Murray Grindlay
Album: Sleeping Dogs soundtrack
Label: EMI

Artist: Josie Rika & Lee Connolly
Track: Taxi Lights
Composer: Dave Marshall
45rpm single
Label: Mushroom NZ K9048

Artist: Big Sideways
Track: Let it Out
Composer: John Quigley
Album: Let It Out 12” single
Label: Unsung

Artist: Sonny Day
Track: Savin’ Up
Composer: Bruce Springsteen
45rpm single
Label: RCA NZ

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