Eliza Keil Profile

Glen Moffatt
28 Nov 2018

A self-described “vocalist with an active body”, Eliza Keil was at one time celebrated as New Zealand’s Shirley Bassey. A Sunday News report from June 1969 noted Eliza specialised in sultry numbers on TV’s The Late Show and “in her club act she has been startling the more conservative patrons with her dramatic gowns”.

The cabaret scene of the late 1960s was a long way from her start as part of The Keil Isles, one of the country’s pioneering rock’n’roll bands whose debut long-player Take Off was included in music critic Nick Bollinger’s 100 Essential New Zealand Albums in 2009.

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Eliza Keil with Max Cryer in Camelot.
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Eliza Keil in Vanuatu.
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Eliza Keil's 1972 album Your Songs, on the Family label.
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Eliza Keil and Ray Columbus in The Music Makers. This NZBC-TV show celebrated standards written by composers such as George Gershwin, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers, Burt Bacharach and Lionel Bart.
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Eliza Keil in Vanuatu.
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Eliza Keil - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Philips, 1970)
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Eliza Keil in a television appearance.
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Eliza Keil.
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Eliza Keil in a television appearance.
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Eliza Keil in a Fullers Entertainment publicity shot.
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Eliza Keil.
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Eliza Keil in a television appearance.
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Eliza Keil performing aboard the MS Shota Rustaveli.
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Eliza Keil in Samoa.
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Eliza Keil in a television appearance.
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Eliza Keil with the Keil Isles - When The Man In The Moon (Viking, 1962)
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Eliza Keil with the Keil Isles in the early 1960s. Back row, from left: Olaf Keil, Klaus Keil, Lou Mercer, Brian Henderson. In front, Herma Keil, Eliza Keil, Bill Fairs.
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Eliza Keil with the Keil Isles - Unloved Unwanted (Viking, 1962)
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Eliza Keil in an NZBC TV variety show, produced by John Barningham with musical direction by Garth Young
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Eliza Keil aboard the MS Shota Rustaveli.
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Eliza Keil - Live At Logan Park (Salem, 1967)
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Eliza Keil.
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Eliza Keil and family in the NZ Women's Weekly, January 15 1968.
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Eliza Keil aboard the MS Shota Rustaveli.
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Reverse side of Eliza Keil - Live at Logan Park (Salem, 1967).
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968. 
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Eliza Keil in a NZBC TV production with, from left, Robert Gennari, Eddie McCarthy and Ronnie Daverne
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Reverse side of Eliza Keil's 1972 album Your Songs, on the Family label.
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Eliza Keil in Hawai'i.
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Eliza Keil with 70s wheels.
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Eliza Keil in Vanuatu.
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Eliza Keil in a television appearance.
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Programme for Eliza Keil's show at the Trade Winds Hotel, Fiji.
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Eliza Keil - Something In The Way She Moves (Family, 1972)
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Eliza Keil, a studio portrait by John Rykenberg, 6 July 1968.
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Eliza Keil in a television appearance.
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Reverse side, Eliza Keil - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Philips, 1970)
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Eliza Keil in a television appearance.
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Eliza Keil with Max Cryer in Camelot.
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Eliza Keil in the 1970s.
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Eliza Keil at the Station Hotel, Auckland, 1969. 
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Eliza Keil in Vanuatu.
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Eliza Keil - Everyday Is Sunday (Family, 1972)
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Eliza Keil and her husband Robert Heston.
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