The Librettos


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The Librettos were formed in 1962 and performed at several clubs in Wellington. After building up a huge following during 1963, their profile was further boosted by a support slot on the 1964 NZ national tour by British Merseybeat acts with Billy J Kamer and the Dakotas and Cilla Black. They were noticed by television producer Kevan Moore, and in 1964 the Librettos were engaged as resident band on his “Let’s Go” pop show. The Librettos signed to EMI through HMV Records and cut 4 singles from 1964-65 ‘Funny Things’, ‘Young Blood’, ‘Baby, It’s Love’ and ‘It’s Alright’. Album ‘Let’s Go With The Librettos’ appeared in February 1965.

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Images from the filming of “Let’s Go”, the first live rock ‘n’ roll television program filmed locally by WNTV-1, in 1964. ‘Let’s Go’ showcased leading New Zealand artists supported by resident band The Librettos.

Last edited: 09.09.16

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It was rough, raw and alive, and oh so electric. Chances are if you were a New Zealand teenager and it was a Tuesday night in late 1964, your television would be tuned to Let's Go. As a tall blond compere in impeccable suit brightly announced, “Hi there, this is Pete Sinclair ... once again Let’s Go with The Librettos,” an attack of handclaps, insistent bass from Brian Peacock, then a surge of guitarist Rod Stone’s surf picking burst forth. The sharp-suited Librettos launch quickly into The Ventures song that is the theme for a hot Wellington-based TV music show. Like Let’s Go, The Librettos were young, raw and oh so electric, peddling a hot new sound in a hot new medium. Master guitarist Rod Stone, singer and guitarist Lou Parun, bassist Brian Peacock and drummer Dave Diver were already Wellington’s top group, fast taking off to national fame after a spot on a well received 1964 national tour with Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas and Cilla Black, and a string of consistently well attended shows around Wellington, and at Teenarama, the hot teenage dancehall of the era. Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen Let's Go

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Series ; Music ; Television

    "In the heady days of Beatlemania, Let's Go was the first viable successor to In The Groove (NZ's first TV pop music show in 1962). It was devised and produced by Kevan Moore — with DJ Peter Sinclair in his first big presenting role. Recorded in Wellington at the NZBC's Waring Taylor Street studio (with its notorious sloping floor a challenge for the big cameras), it featured a resident band — first The Librettos and then the Pleasers. Let's Go only lasted two years, but in 1967 Moore and Sinclair teamed up again for the hugely successful C'mon." (NZ On Screen summary)


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