Beaver Profile

aka Beverley Jean Morrison
John Dix
12 Apr 2017

One of New Zealand music’s most distinctive voices, sadly under-recorded, Beaver was a “singer’s singer” discovered by Bruno Lawrence, who could handle cabaret and jazz as comfortably as blues, rock and soul.

When Bruno Lawrence was introduced to Beaver in 1971, his immediate response to her husky tones was, “Lovely voice, do you sing?” Indeed, the shy 20-year-old frequented the Wellington Musicians’ Club, taking to the microphone when invited, but only when crowds were small. Overcoming her shyness was Beverley Morrison’s biggest obstacle.

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A promotional flyer for Beaver and the Flyers' single 'Skin Deep', from the 1978 Geoff Steven feature film
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Beaver at the Mon Desir, Takapuna, with Bruno Lawrence on drums, Andy Brown on bass, and Peter Woods on keyboards
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Beaver and Bruno Lawrence in BLERTA, 1973
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Beaver with the Cuban band Irakere, outside Ronnie Scott's club, London, 1987. In front is Dave McArtney
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Assorted bands that trod the stage upstairs at The Gluepot, circa 1979. Amongst the faces are Hello Sailor, The Neigbours, promoter Mike Corless, Beaver, Hattie St. John, Hello Sailor's manager David Gapes, booker Eddie Cook and Hammond Gamble.
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Backstage pass: Rick Bryant, Beaver and Josie Rika, in the Gluepot band room, c. 1984. 
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Beaver - Live at Mainstreet, Auckland, 1984, as part of All Stars Play The Blues
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Beaver with The Flyers, 1978. Clockwise from bottom: Beaver, Neil Hannan, Richard Kennedy, Paul Clayton Murray McNab and Bud Hooper.
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Nat and Julie - the characters played by Harry Lyon and Beaver - perform together in the 1985 film Should I Be Good? 
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Midge Marsden and Beaver at The Island of Real
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Christmas Fairies was a lunchtime series of concerts at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, in 1991, featuring (from left) Beaver, Olivia, and Hattie St John
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Hammond Gamble and Beaver, in a promotional photo for the film Should I Be Good? The pair played nightclub singers in the 1985 film, which also featured Harry Lyon, whose character was a musician and ex-con
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Beaver and friend, 1970
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Beaver recording 'The Biggest Love' with Bunny Walters, produced by Rob Winch at Marmalade Studios, Wellington, 1990. The song was by Paul Davidson
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Beaver in London, c. 1987
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Beaver, Andy Brown (left) and Geoff Castle (front) with the Cuban band Irakere, which also performed at London club Ronnie Scott's during Beaver's season there in 1987
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The Goodtime Band, summer 1984-85. Left to right, Sonny Day, Neil Edwards, Walter Bianco, Josie Rika, Mike Abbott, Beaver, Barry Saunders, Paul Hewson.
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Beaver, c. 1974
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Midge Marsden with Beaver and Andy Anderson on the main stage, 1978
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Beaver in the Harvey Fierstein play Torch Song Trilogy
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Josie Rika and Beaver, backstage, c. 1990. On the right are Nikki Walker, Paul Walker and Graham Brazier
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Hammond Gamble, Beaver and Harry Lyon, at the time of the 1985 film Should I Be Good? 
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Beaver, proof sheets, circa 1974
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Billboard, the Auckland Club Band with Ian Fraser, Geoff Castle, Martin Winch (in hat at back), Billy Kristian (in cap), Beaver, and Brian Smith. This was taken mid-1983.
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Beaver - Don't You Just Know It (live at Mainstreet, Auckland, 1984, as part of All Stars Play The Blues)
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Beaver with guitarist Grant Ryan, Auckland, 1991
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Beaver at the Mon Desir, Takapuna, with Bruno Lawrence and Andy Brown
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All-Stars Play the Blues end of tour dinner at Christchurch, 1984. Rear, left to right, Dennis Ryan, Hammond Gamble, Beaver, Wilko Johnson, Jane West, Neil Edwards, Paul Walker, Midge Marsden, Mike Farrell. Front, Walter Bianco, Sonny Day, Paul Hewson.
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Beaver and Bunny Walters - The Biggest Love (1990)
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Beaver at the Gluepot, with Paul Woolright on bass at left
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Beaver, backstage for Torch Song Trilogy
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Beaver and friends celebrate the last night of performing in Oklahoma!, 1970
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Beaver with The Flyers, 1978. Clockwise from bottom: Beaver, Neil Hannan, Richard Kennedy, Paul Clayton Murray McNab and Bud Hooper.
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Beaver outside Ronnie Scott's, London, with Auckland keyboardist Geoff Castle, 1987
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BLERTA in Australia: left to right:  Greg Taylor, Fane Flaws, Paul Murphy, Bernie McGann, Mick Lieber, Ian Watkin, Beaver
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The First Ladies of Jazz, Auckland, early 1990s. From left: Linn Lorkin, Candy Alderton-Conway, Hattie St John, Beaver
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BLERTA kids show at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on the first North Island tour, 1972. Corben Simpson (vocals), Bruno Lawrence (drums), Alan Moon (hammond organ), Beaver vocals and Chris Seresin keyboards.
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Beaver and Kim Willoughby
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Beaver, inside Ronnie Scott's club with Dave McArtney, left, and Paul and Frances Woolwright, London, 1987. 
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Trivia:

Beaver’s sister Annette was also a singer, notably with Spats, the band which evolved into The Crocodiles.

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