Bill Wolfgramm Profile

aka Bill Wolfegrame, Bill Wolfgramm and His Islanders
Chris Bourke
9 May 2013

After the release of ‘Blue Smoke’ in 1949, with its lilting steel guitar intro played by Jimmy Carter, many of New Zealand’s first pop records were in the Hawaiian style.

Many bands featured a steel guitarist in their line-up, and in the 1950s dancers flocked to venues such as Lou Mati’s Polynesian Club in central Auckland, Lofty Blomfield’s Holiday Inn on Waiheke Island, the Maori Community Centre in Freemans Bay, or the Ngāti Poneke Hall in Wellington.

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A 1967 EP, with a variation on Bill's name
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The 1956 South Seas Rhythm album from Bill Wolfgramm and His Islanders with Daphne Walker was the first long-player released by a New Zealand artist. Side one was instrumental, featuring just Bill Wolfgramm's band, whilst the second side was vocal.
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Bill Wolfgramm and Bill Sevesi
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Daphne Walker with Bill Wolfgramm and His Islanders - Kapuana
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