Kiwis Doin' Dylan - Part II
The Latter Sixties – More Folk
And it continued – with Dylan’s songs gaining wider exposure within and beyond the Folk community. The latter Sixties were among the peak years for Dylan covers with a wide range of NZ musicians performing his songs – with more folk, some country and some basement tape covers.
- Christine Smith
this song is on a six track mini-album "Christine Smith" MASTER MAMPS 401 (33 rpm) and also on a track of her later 1971 LP “Best of Christine Smith” Master MALPS 321. Christine Smith was from Christchurch and was a popular folk songstress during the last half of the 1960s and the early 1970s. There is extensive background and career information on Christine by Roy Colbert on a NZ music website.
- Neva Eder
“The Times They Are A-Changin’”
on LP “The Folk Album” Viking VPS194 and also on EP Viking VE222 EP titled "The Folk One". Neva Eder was born in Rangiora north of Christchurch in 1943. While starting on piano, her favourite instrument was the Irish Tara harp - which she plays on this recording as she sings. She is better known for her later children's songs and recordings (also see 1979 which includes her "Blowin' in the Wind")
- Lynn Howie
“Corinna, Corinna” (sic)
on LP “Introducing Lynn Howie” Viking VP193
Lynn Howie was only sixteen years old when she recorded this album. She was born in Dunedin on the South Island and was living in Wellington and studying for a degree in music when she recorded this album. A very talented violinist and guitarist, and could sing in four languages (French, Spanish, Russian and English).
- Gray Bartlett
“Blowin’ in the Wind”
on LP "Gray Bartlett in Japan" Impact IMPS 106. Gray Bartlett has had an extensive career documented in detail on the Gray Bartlett website. Gray was born in 1942 and started his music career in the early 1960s and continued as guitarist, musical director, composer, producer and concert promoter and more recently with career development for younger musical talent. His "Gray Bartlett in Japan" album was produced in New Zealand for a tour of Japan - where he was a popular performer.
- Allan Gardiner
“Blowin’ in the Wind”
medley with “Pearly Shells” on LP “Favourite Pops” HMV MCLP 6248 accordion band (not everything was Folk - see album scan). Allan Gardiner was very well known for his piano accordion playing and he and his band made 21 LP records of which two became Gold and one Platinum records. He also established the NZ Modern School of Music around 1952. [There is no explanation possible for putting "Blowin' in the Wind" in a medley with "Pearly Shells"] Allan & his accordion band are assisted on this record by Slim Dorward on bass and David Fraser on drums.
- Peter-Pan and Wendy
“Don't Think Twice, It's All Right”
on LP “Mobil Song Quest 1967” Kiwi Records MS-7 with singers Malcolm McNeill and Zarlene Todd with guitarist Kevin Nicholl. This was the 7th NZ Mobil Song Quest with the final concert of finalists in the contest being recorded for this LP. Malcolm McNeil has since had an extensive singing career, primarily known as a jazz singer.
- Toni Williams
“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
single Zodiac Records Ltd Z45 1341 and also same track on LP “Country Tracks - Hits from Studio One” (Philips Records produced for) Zodiac Records Ltd ZLP 1039 and also on later 1999 CD release on Stebbing (971521) “Tony Williams - Past and Present". Other compilations with this Dylan track also exist. Toni (aka Tony and Antoni) has had a very extensive musical career which is well documented by music historian Chris Bourke on a NZ music website.
- The Chicks
“The Mighty Quinn”
on LP “A Long Time Comin'“ Polydor 621008 with sisters Sue & Judy Donaldson. The Chicks were a popular 1960s duo. Sue later performed as ''Suzanne'' and became Suzanne Lynch. Suzanne's website has information on The Chicks as well as Suzanne's solo career.
- Fresh Air
released on single Zodiac Z/1355
this Auckland based pop group performed many Dylan songs and also songs by The Band. They produced two singles, but this is the only one with a Dylan track. At the time the group included Chris Seresin, Chaz Burke-Kennedy, George Barris and Tony Walton. Extensive information on this group is at Bruce Sergent's excellent website of New Zealand music of the 60s and 70s - see Fresh Air.
- The Hi-Revving Tongues
“This Wheel's on Fire”
“I Shall Be Released “
on LP “The Tongues” Zodiac ZLP 1041. The Hi-Revving Tongues were an Auckland group who performed in New Zealand from about 1967 to 1972 with one year in Australia. This album with two Dylan tracks was their second and last album as The Hi-Revving Tongues. (The remaining members renamed themselves The Tongues.) They have been described as "early New Zealand purveyors of psychedelic pop music and won a huge following". Much information on this group is at Bruce Sergent's website entry The Hi-Revving Tongues.
It was still a Folk Scene, but definitely beginning to move on....
And last, but not least for 1969.....
Cindys' “Lay Lady Lay” on ten track 7” EP 33rpm
CINDY label CS7 Christchurch Top Ten "December Hits” (various unidentified artists)
“A TOP TEN Record every month $1.25 including postage yes, every month except January, we will post to you a record of ten tunes selected by leading Disc Jockeys as the Big Hits for the month.
Identical in style to this record, it is without doubt the best news party record available. Our price to you is only $7.50 for six months supply - that's $1.25 per record... 12 1/2 cents a tune”