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Bill Sevesi and His Islanders

Bill Sevesi and His Islanders, 1958 (L-to-R: Trevor Edmondson, Bobby Wynyard, Malu Natapu, Richard Santos and Bill Sevesi) Photo: Courtesy of Bill Sevesi

Bill Sevesi is to be honoured as the 2015 APRA Inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. The 92 year old's long career began the early 1950s in the Auckland inner city suburb of Newton. The much loved band leader Bill Sevesi, and his band the Islanders, played a residency at the Orange Ballroom that lasted for 16 years.

He has mentored many musicians, recorded a large catalogue of albums and fulfilled his dream of ukuleles being taught to kids in schools .

Trevor Reekie visits Bill at his Mt Roskill home to talk about the music that has been so kind to him during his lifetime.

7pm – 8pm

Mel Torme - Careless Hands

Fred Dagg - The Gumboot Song

Modern Maori Quartet - Maori Medley

Richard Tauber - Tristesse (So Deep Is The Night)

Boston Pops Orchestra/John Williams - O Fortuna

Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree

Fred Astaire - Puttin’ On The Ritz

Joni Mitchell - Come In From The Cold

Jussi Bjorling & Robert Merrill - In the depths of the temple

Hermione Gingold - The Borgias Are Having An Orgy

Georgie Fame - Moondance

Buddy Clarke - It’s A Big Wide Wonderful World

Andreas Schiff - Rondo Alla Turca


8pm – 9pm

The Kingsmen - Louie Louie

Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind

Hot Club Sandwich - Appliances

Righteous Brothers- Unchained Melody

Gerard Hoffnung - I Then Became A Brick Layer

Benny Goodman Trio - Body & Soul

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Canon Rock

The Drifters - Up On The Roof

Mike Oldfield - Shadow On The Wall

Nana Mouskouri - And I Love You So

Al Martino - Speak Softly Love

The Jolly Boys - The Passenger


9pm – 10pm

Barry White - I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby

Free - All Right Now

Free - My Brother Jake

Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers- Monster Mash

Jonathan Edwards - Morning Train

Jonathan Edwards - Paper Doll

Boomtown Rats - Whitehall1212

Pavlov's Dog - Julia

Kate Rusby - Underneath The Stars

Brook Benton - The Boll Weevil Song

Donny Hathaway - The Ghetto

Randy Newman - I Want Everyone To Like Me

Leo Kottke - Sonora’s Death Row


10pm – 11pm

John Martyn - Solid Air

Of Monsters & Men - Mountain Sound

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - Wild Horses

Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric

Jeff Lynne - Every Little Thing

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Cobra

Van Morrison and Steve Winwood - Fire In The Belly

Zac Brown - Chicken Fried


11pm – 12pm

Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire

Joe Jackson - It Don't Mean A Thing

10CC - The Film Of My Love

Charlie Dore - Mr. Williams

The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Higher Ground

Ben Sidran - Blowin' In The Wind