Bill & Boyd Profile

aka Bill and Boyd
Chris Bourke
27 Nov 2013

Lower Hutt in the mid-1950s looked like a staid dormitory city for workers who commuted daily to Wellington on the “unit”. The working-class suburb of Naenae was dominated by newly built state houses; on a royal tour, the Queen said the sight was evidence of the country’s “ordered prosperity”.

But behind the rows of treeless front lawns and weatherboard houses, music was being made. Early adopters of rock and roll, the Hutt Valley’s teenagers flocked to local halls, where youth clubs organised dances and talent quests so that there was no repetition of the local sexual shenanigans investigated by the 1954 Mazengarb report into juvenile delinquency.

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The second NZ single from 1960, on the small Christchurch based Peak label
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
Last Train To Clarkesville
Santa Never Made it into Darwin
Bill and Boyd in Gisborne, May 1963
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
1967 Australian EP on the Sunshine label
Got A Lot Of Living To Do
Debut album recorded for Philips in 1962 and produced by future EMI recording engineer Frank Douglas
1964 Philips release produced by future Virgin Records New Zealand Managing Director Brian Pitts. The cover was designed by Arnold Hansson with photography by Neville Atkinson and liner notes written by the label’s John McCready.
Bill and Boyd at the wedding of Bill Cate, November 1964
Photo credit: Photo by Morrie Hill. Alexander Turnbull Library
The first Philips release by Bill & Boyd was a cover of Gene Pitney's I Wanna Love My Life Away in 1961
Bill and Boyd at the Pines, early 1960s: Boyd Robertson, left, and Bill Cate
Photo credit: Don Peat
Bill and Boyd in Gisborne, June 1962
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
Bill & Boyd filming in Wellington in the early to mid 1960s
Hawaiian Cowboy
Bill & Boyd at the Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW, 1976.
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Central Coast Council Library, NSW
Bill & Boyd filming in Wellington in the early to mid 1960s
Left to right: Bob Paris, Boyd Robertson and Bill Cate. Photo taken for an early NZ TV show, 1963.
Put Another Log On The Fire
Bill and Boyd in 1964
Warmed Over Kisses
Come Running
Chulu Chululu

Bill Boyd Robertson - vocals, guitar

Bill Cate - vocals, guitar


Phil Warren suggested they name their act Bill & Boyd.

Waylon Jennings also covered their biggest hit, 'Put Another Log on the Fire'.

Bill Cate first began performing regularly during World War II as a child singer at patriotic fundraising concerts.


Peak Records