Shevelles

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Myra Wineera
Rangi Parker
Harriet ‘Toots’ McAnneny

The Shevelles were a Maori female vocal trio from Porirua, Wellington. They evolved from the Gaynotes in 1968, when Manu Elkington left and was replaced by Harriet.

They were New Zealand’s answer to the Supremes. Signed to Polydor, they released one single in 1968, “Beat The Clock”/”Hawaiian Wedding Song” and four in 1969. They were “One Man Band”/”Silver Bells”, “Pretty Shade Of Blue”/”Help Me To Love You”, “Joey”/”Goin’ Out Of My Head-Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Long Haired Boy”/”Fare Thee Well”. Piano backing was provided for the group by Dalvanius Prime.

“Beat The Clock” reached number 15 on the National charts and “One Man Band” made it to number 17.

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In 1969, the Shevelles crossed the Tasman and Dalvanius went with them. They were popular on the Australian cabaret scene, where Dalvanius formed his own soul group, Dalvanius and the Fascinations.

Rangi Parker was to later make a name for herself in the early 70’s as a soloist.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Bruce Sergent for letting us use this material from his great discographical site New Zealand Music of the 60’s, 70’s and a bit of 80’s.

Last edited: 16.04.18

From AudioCulture

An all woman Māori vocal group from Wellington, The Shevelles are best known for their 1968 hit single 'Beat The Clock'. Lead singer Rangi Walker grew up in Porirua in the Latter Day Saints church community. She made an early start in local group The Family Four in the mid-1960s, and then joined The Four Ps who came second on John Maybury's Have A Shot radio talent quest. Then, as a trio, they were known as The Gaynotes, who released one single on Kiwi Records (‘I Got Rhythm’) after which John Robinson of Philips Records signed them to the Polydor label in 1968 and suggested a name change to The Shevelles. Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence



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