Peter Posa Profile

aka Peter Posa & His Golden Guitar, The Multi Guitars of Peter Posa, The Peter Posa Combo
Grant Gillanders
10 May 2013

One of the most successful and prolific New Zealand musicians of all time, 1960s superstar Peter Posa was born in 1941 and grew up in Auckland’s Henderson Valley.

By the time he was seven, Posa had started playing the ukulele. While his mates were content with model planes and trains, Peter would scour the family vineyard for suitable pieces of wood to carve or cut into model guitar shapes. His father’s tools weren't safe and neither was his mother’s clothes line wire, which would be cut and unravelled for the strings, with nails banged in on the guitar head for tuning keys.

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Peter Posa
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Peter Posa, mid to late 1960s
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Ray Woolf, Peter Posa and Eldred Stebbing in Wellington on the Helen Shapiro tour, 1962
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Peter Posa Scottish And Irish Medley (live 2011)
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The 1964 album The Mad Hatter
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Bill Sevesi applauds Peter Posa at the 1999 APRA Silver Scroll Awards
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Demis Roussos with Peter Posa in the late 1970s
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String Along With Peter Posa, his first album, released in 1962. The album cover was shot in Eldred and Margaret Stebbing's living room in Saratoga Ave, Herne Bay.
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The 1962 Dance With The Guitar Man EP. The title track was a Duane Eddy song, and it included 'Wheels', one of Peter's biggest hits.
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Viking publicity shot, 1964
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The infamous White Rabbit cover
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A publicity shot for Peter Posa's White Rabbit single
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Peter Posa
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Miss NZ Tour 1965. From top left: Fred Whitaker, Sam Mateparae, Wez Taiaroa, Lou Clauson, Ian Saxon, Simon Mehana, Peter Posa. Middle: John Hore, Howard Morrison, Miss NZ 1965 Gay Phelps, Keri Northover. Front: Gary Wahrlich, Rim D. Paul.
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In Sydney (with Posa's handwritten notes)
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Peter Posa (right) recording with the Kini Quartet in Gisborne in 1962. Zodiac Records' Eldred Stebbing was recording the session.
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Peter with Dean Martin in LA, 1964. On the left is Viking Records co-owner and producer Ron Dalton
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An early 1960s Jansen guitar ad, obviously negotiated by Zodiac, and a tie-in with the well-known Queen Street store, Sydney Eady.
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Peter Posa at Eldred Stebbing's Saratoga Avenue recording studio, early 1960s
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Viking Records publicity shot
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Viking publicity shot, 1964
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White Rabbit Medley (live 1970s)
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Peter Posa and songwriter Margaret Raggett, who composed many of the singles released by Gisborne's Kini Quartet
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A New Zealand supergroup: Peter Posa, Ray Columbus, Billy Kristian and Jimmy Hill on stage in the early 1970s, venue unknown.
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Viking ad 1964
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Peter Posa with Frank Sinatra in 1964 in Las Vegas. On the right is J.N. Haddleton, Posa's manager and on the left, Viking Records co-owner and producer Ron Dalton.
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Dinah Lee and Peter Posa
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Trivia:

Posa wrote a track called ‘?’ issued on a Viking single under that name. A radio contest followed to name it. The winning name was Flapjack and under that name it appeared on his next Viking LP.

'White Rabbit' is alleged to have sold 100,000 copies in NZ in the 1960s. If that figure is accurate it puts it in the top 3 selling New Zealand singles in NZ ever (the other two are The Rumour and Johnny Devlin).

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