About this artist...
Lower Hutt in the mid-1950s looked like a staid dormitory city for workers who commuted daily to Wellington on the “unit”. The working-class suburb of Naenae was dominated by newly built state houses; on a royal tour, the Queen said the sight was evidence of the country’s “ordered prosperity”. But behind the rows of treeless front lawns and weatherboard houses, music was being made. Early adopters of rock and roll, the Hutt Valley’s teenagers flocked to local halls, where youth clubs organised dances and talent quests so that there was no repetition of the local sexual shenanigans investigated by the 1954 Mazengarb report into juvenile delinquency. From this environment came many musicians who made their name in the 1960s: The Fourmyula, The Simple Image, The Bitter End, vocalist Frankie Stevens. Before these rock groups, an act emerged from this milieu to enjoy a long international career: Bill and Boyd, a teenage duo from Naenae who modelled themselves on the Everly Brothers. Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence