Pat McMinn Profile

Chris Bourke
22 May 2013

Pat McMinn was probably New Zealand’s busiest vocalist in the early 1950s, in concert and on recordings. In fact, she had been in constant demand since winning the Dixieland cabaret’s talent quest in 1942, aged 15.

She is best known for two recordings that have rarely been off the airwaves since they were made in the 1950s: The single ‘Opo the Crazy Dolphin’ and the perennial advertising jingle for Geddes dentures.

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The New Zealand Concert Party at the 5th Royal Tank Regiment in Korea: Jean Kirk Burnard, John Reidy, Pat McMinn and Johnny Cooper
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Johnny Cooper and Pat McMinn entertaining in the mess, Korea
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Pat McMinn - a 1970 agent's publicity shot, from Phil Warren's Fullers Bureau
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Pat McMinn takes part in a variety show at Patumhoe - 10km NW of Pukekohe - in 1947
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Geddes Dental Jingle
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Auckland's new song hit ... "Taniwha blues", recorded by Pat McMinn, "The Stardusters" and the Crombie Murdoch Trio (popular TANZA recording artists). Taniwha Blue - it blues as it washes [1956]
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Bell Bottom Blues
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