Wayne's Music 30/31 May 2009. NZ Music Month The Tanza Story.
Wayne Mowat at the end of New Zealand Music Month, we salute the pioneering record label that kick started the local industry from 1949 to 1956. To Assist New Zealand Artists (TANZA) was the first company to record and produce records in New Zealand.
Blue Smoke the first for TANZA with all sorts of stories surrounding the recording. Ruru Karaitiana with Pixie Williams.
Maple On The Hill The Tumbleweeds inspired by the American Western stars like Gene Autry and The carter Family. Cole Wilson, with the Hawaiin style steel slide guitar of Colin McCrorie underlining the sweet aching harmonies of the backup singers sisters Nola and Myra Hewitt.
Haere Mai Daphne Walker and Bill Wolgramm's Islanders in 1955 with just one of hundreds of Sam freedman's songs.
Dancing In My Socks popular Auckland vocalistsPat McMinn and Bill Langford with The Stardusters plus Crombie Murdoch's Rhythm (1955) recorded at the Astor studios and distributed by The Columbus Radio Centre.
Those Kia Ora islands Morgan Clark with Bill Sevesi's Island Rhythm, number 260 in the Tanza Catalogue. Dungaree Doll Austin Moon with the Astor Rhythm probably recorded in 1956.
The Greatest feeling In the World The Stardusters - Auckland vocal trio - Bill and Jack Langford and Laurie North.
Ukulele Lady Daphne Walker, the popular Maori vocalist from the Great Barrier. Since the peak of her recording career in the 1950s and 1960s, Daphne has been a favourite sound of the South Pacific.
and many.many more ...