John Grenell Profile

aka John Hore
Chris Bourke
17 May 2013

In the 1980s – two decades into his professional career – New Zealand’s most prominent and prolific country singer changed his name. John Hore stopped using his stepfather’s surname and instead reverted to his original family name, Grenell.

For a little while he used both names – John Hore Grenell – and he briefly included his birth father’s surname so that he was John Denver Grenell, but in the country music world that was just a little confusing.

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John Hore Grenell’s Silver was released on Ode in 1988 to commemorate the singer’s 25th anniversary as a recording artist, but it sold poorly. When he had a No.1 hit with the Toyota jingle ‘Welcome To Our World’ two years later, the song was added and the LP barely repackaged and released as Welcome To Our World on CBS, faring much better.
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Miss New Zealand in Gisborne, 1964
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John Hore joins the army, 1966
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John Hore's My Kind Of Home, from 1967
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Magpie, live at the Whitecliffs Family Music Festival, 2009
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John Hore's New Zealand Songs, 1968
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John Hore in the early 1970s
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Take Ten was a 1967 duet album with John Hore and Howard Morrison, rush recorded by Joe Brown to coincide with a tour.
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John Hore in Gisborne
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Miss NZ Tour 1965. From top left: Wez Taiaroa, Lou Clauson, Ian Saxon, Simon Mehana. Middle row: John Hore, Howard Morrison, Miss NZ 1965 Gay Phelps, Keri Northover. Front: Gary Wahrlich, Rim D. Paul. 
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My World, the third album from John Hore, released in late 1965
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Quin Tikis with Howard Morrison and John Hore
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John Hore, 1967
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John Hore's 1973 album The Mountains Of Home, was produced by Peter Posa and would be his last album for 15 years
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Backstage at the 25 Years of Television concert spectacular at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, 1985. Left to right: Hogsnort Rupert’s Alec Wishart, Dave Luther and Kevin Findlater, John Grenell and Billy T. James.
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The fifth John Hore album, Hit The Trail, released in 1966
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John Hore Grenell in 1988, from the back cover of Silver
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John Grenell on That's Country, March 1982
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Joe Brown and John Hore in the USA, 1966. The interviewer at right is Bob Ferris, of Hollywood's KNX.CBS.
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John Hore's debut album from 1964
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John Hore in Gisborne, 1966
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Trivia:

The Canterbury farm belonging to John Grenell and his wife Deirdre hosted the Whitecliffs Family Music Festival for many years.