The Pleasers Profile

Murray Cammick
10 Feb 2017

As the beat boom hit New Zealand, The Pleasers became one of the most visible local bands, when they replaced The Librettos as resident band on the primal pop television show Let’s Go. Their debut album cover, where they shared the spotlight with Let’s Go host Peter Sinclair, is a classic image of the 1960s music scene.

AudioCulture spoke to Roger Skinner, Max Thomson and Kevan Walsh about the birth of The Pleasers, the Auckland venue the Beatle Inn, their rapid rise to TV prominence and their recording career.

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The Pleasers Again
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The Pleasers, from left: Bryan Layton, Max Thomson, Kevan Walsh and Roger Skinner
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Behind the scenes footage from Let's Go
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The Pleasers
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The Pleasers
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The Pleasers in the programme for the Dave Clark Five New Zealand tour
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The Pleasers at the Top 20, from left: Kevan Walsh, Max Thomson, Bryan Layton and Roger Skinner
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The Pleasers
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Let's Go: the Pleasers debut album, featuring TV host Peter Sinclair - Red Rooster, 1965
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The Pleasers, from left: Bryan Layton, Max Thomson, Kevan Walsh and Roger Skinner
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The Pleasers at Beatle Inn, from left: Max Thomson, Kevan Walsh, Roger Skinner and Bryan Layton
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The Pleasers at Massey Memorial, Wellington. From the top: Max Thomson, Roger Skinner, Bryan Layton and Kevan Walsh
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The Pleasers
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The Pleasers - For Ever
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A 1964 single released by hairdressers The Ginger Group featuring Rochelle Vinsen and The Pleasers
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The Pleasers EP
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The Pleasers (not to be confused with the Australian PleaZers) were a mix of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians, albeit based in the capital. Among their number was Roger Skinner (later of The Motivation) and Max Thomson, a renowned photographer in future decades.
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The Pleasers take their seats at Parliament (L-R): Kevan Walsh, Bryan Layton, Roger Skinner and Max Thomson
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A story in the Auckland Weekly on the Apple & Pear Marketing Board campaign with Rochelle Vinsen and The Pleasers
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The Pleasers - Max Thomson Top 20
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The Pleasers, from left: Kevan Walsh, Max Thomson, Roger Skinner and Bryan Layton
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The Pleasers try garage rock (L-R): Bryan Layton, Max Thomson, Kevan Walsh, Roger Skinner
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The Pleasers
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Wellington journalist Barry Duncan of the Sunday Times features the Pleasers in his Showbiz column
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Members:

Roger Skinner - vocals, guitar

Kevan Walsh - vocals, bass

Max Thomson - vocals, drums

Bryan Lawton - vocals, guitar

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