Rikki Morris Profile

aka Rick Morris
Glen Moffatt
21 Jun 2016

There are hardly any positions at the coalface of the New Zealand music industry that Rikki Morris has not filled with aplomb. Roadie, sound man, band member, songwriter, pop star, studio manager, producer and talent spotter – he’s done it all.

Morris had a No.1 hit song with ‘Nobody Else’ and won the APRA Silver Scroll with ‘Heartbroke’. He recorded the early demos of Finn Andrews (The Veils), The Checks, Gin Wigmore and Lorde and produced or engineered albums by Hammond Gamble, Graham Brazier and Paul Holmes.

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Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris - Nobody Else (1988)
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Rikki Morris with The Canons, Sydney, 1981
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Neil Hannan (left) and Rikki Morris engineering Glen Moffatt’s Superheroes & Scary Things, Mt Eden, 2013
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Rikki Morris promo shot from 1988
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Rikki Morris and Jude Dobson on the set of Alive & Kicking, 1993
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Rikki Morris and Peter Urlich on Waiheke Island in the 2010s
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Rikki Morris with former Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter backstage at a Jimmy Barnes gig, Sydney, 1990.
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Rikki Morris on stage with Chet O’Connell (left) and Karl Benton in the 2010s
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Drummer Ian Gilroy and Rikki Morris, on the road with The Crocodiles, Dunedin, 1980
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The brothers Morris in a Pagan records publicity shot for the No.1 Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris single Nobody Else
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Rikki Morris, 1990
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Cor Blimey! at the Hillcrest Tavern, Hamilton, 1983. Left to right: Paul Lightfoot, Steve Melville, Shelley Pratt, Debbie Chin, Rikki Morris.
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Backstage with Bread at the Playhouse, Edinburgh, November 1997. Left to right: David Gates, Larry Knechtel, Rikki Morris, Mike Botts, Scott Chambers, Randy Flowers, James Griffin.
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Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris - Come Back Louise (1989)
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Brothers Rikki and Ian Morris, 1987/8
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Rikki Morris’s only album Everest, released 1996
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Rikki Morris and Wayne Bell, 2013
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Rikki Morris - I'm An Island (Live on TVNZ Good Morning, 2001)
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Rikki Morris and Graham Brazier during sessions for Brazier’s East Of Eden, produced by Morris
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Rikki Morris with members of Daggy & The Dickheads in Taihape circa 1987. Left to right: Tim McCartin, Paul Kennedy, Morris, Mark Kennedy.
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Rikki Morris, aged 21
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The Crocodiles’ 1981 single ‘Hello Girl’, sung by Rikki Morris
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Walter Kirby prize-winning Gnome’s only gig and Rikki Morris’s first, St Chads Hall, Meadowbank, December 1977
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Rikki Morris in the 2010s
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Rikki Morris at work in the 2010s
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The Crocodiles - Hello Girl (1981)
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Rikki Morris, 1996
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Ian and Rikki Morris in matching Hank Wangford T-shirts, Earl of Lonsdale, Notting Hill, 1985. After three weeks visiting Rikki in London, Ian departed for New Zealand only to have second thoughts in New York and return to his brother’s side.
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The Crocodiles - Call Me (Live at Sweetwaters, 1981 - Rikki Morris on guitar)
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The final Crocodiles gig, Bondi Astra, Sydney, July 1981. Left to right: Rikki Morris, Barton Price (drums), Fane Flaws, Jonathan Zwartz, Jenny Morris, Tony Backhouse.
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Rikki Morris - I Can't Give You Anything (1991)
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Rikki Morris recording Finn Andrews, 2003
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Rikki and Ian Morris in a still from the 'Nobody Else' video, 1988
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Roadies in the Auckland Star, 1979, including Th'Dude's Richard Morris and the late Keith McKenzie ('McFrenzy')
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Message To My Girl (ENZSO concert November 2013)
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Rikki Morris Mushroom publicity shot, June 1992
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The Rocking Love Gods front line, 1986. Left to right: Andy Dickson, Tony Waine, Rikki Morris.
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Ian and Rikki Morris, 1988
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Ian and Rikki Morris in a publicity shot outtake from 1988
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Rikki Morris with Fine Young Cannibals singer Roland Gift and Fenella Bathfield on the set of 3:45 Live! in 1989
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Kuhtze Band, 1990. Left to right: Ryan Monga, Rikki Morris, Harry Lyon, Paul Dunningham, Steve Larkins.
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The short-lived Rocking Love Gods, 1986. Left to right: Steve Clarkson, Rikki Morris, Andy Dickson and Tony Waine
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The Crocodiles on stage at Sweetwaters 1981. Rikki Morris is nearest to camera.
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Hammond Gamble with Mike Caen and Rikki Morris at Rikki's studio The Bus in 2006 whilst recording Hammond's Recollection
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Rikki Morris - Heartbroke (1990)
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Corporate band The Golden Kiwis, 2006. Left to right: Harry Lyon, Tony Waine, Ricky Ball, Rikki Morris.
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Nobody Else: The Rikki Morris Story (full length documentary)
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Robert Rakete, Malcolm Smith, Rikki Morris, Sony Music's Paul Ellis and Mike Chunn at the 1992 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Ian and Richard Morris performing at a gang show in the 1960s
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Concord Dawn feat Rikki Morris - Forever
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Soundmen extraordinaire Chris Tate and Rikki Morris (who also supported When The Cat's Away on the earlier Melting Pot tour) on the 2001 tour
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Th' Dudes road crew - 1979 NZBC documentary featuring Rikki Morris as roadie
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Rikki Morris suiting up for The Crocodiles, Sweetwaters, 1981
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Co-hosts of 3:45 Live! Fenella Bathfield and Rikki Morris, 1989
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Cor Blimey! in 1983. Front to back: Debbie Chin, Shelley Pratt, Paul Lightfoot, Steve Melville, Rikki Morris.
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Rikki Morris - Nobody Else (2016 acoustic version)
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Rikki Morris recording guitar on Jenny Morris demos at Trafalgar, Sydney, 1982
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Rikki Morris nurses the legendary Lucille, guitar of BB King, on the set of 3:45 Live!, 1989
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Rikki and Ian Morris recording ‘Nobody Else’ at Soundtrax in Wellington, 1987
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Rikki Morris in his studio The Bus, 2000
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Rikki Morris - World Stand Still (1996)
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‘Come Back Louise’ video shoot, 1989
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Rikki Morris with The Rocking Love Gods at Wildlife in 1986
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Rikki Morris in Sydney, 1981
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Rikki Morris and Gin Wigmore
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Rikki Morris in the 2010s
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Rikki Morris with Poison singer Bret Michaels on the set of 3:45 Live! in 1989
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Rikki Morris in 1988
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‘Come Back Louise’ single released on Pagan, 1989
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A 1980s publicity shot of Rikki and Ian ‘Tex Pistol’ Morris
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Rikki Morris - These Dark Moods (1997)
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The 1991 APRA Silver Scroll went to Richard (Rikki) Morris for 'Heartbroke' and he's seen here with APRA CEO Brent Cottle
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Trivia:

While signed to Mushroom in the early 1990s, Rikki Morris and his then wife Debbie Harwood provided backing vocals for Jimmy Barnes on his Soul Deep shows.

The video for Rikki Morris’s only Mushroom single ‘I Can’t Give You Anything’ was directed by Tony Johns and filmed at the elephant enclosure at the Auckland Zoo.

Rikki Morris’s children have all taken an interest in music. Son Marlon fronted thrash metal band Kingdoms, daughter Gala is a singer-songwriter and has played in Jesse Sheehan’s band, and younger daughter Oni is pure of voice and is taking vocal lessons from New Zealand legend Suzanne Lynch.

In 2010, Matthew Harvey’s drum and bass unit Concord Dawn had Rikki Morris write lyrics and a vocal melody for single ‘Forever’, which he also sang and was the lead track on Concord Dawn’s album The Enemy Within.

Rikki Morris chose the spelling of his stage name from the 1974 Steely Dan hit single ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’.

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Labels:

Pagan


Mushroom Records


Warner Music


XSF

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