Colin King Profile

John Dix
2 Aug 2017

Outside of Taranaki his name may not resonate with many – and certainly not in this millennium – but in the 1950s and into the 1960s dance-band leader Colin King was, well, king.

Now a lively octogenarian pianist and dance-band leader who still performs, mostly at retirement homes and for charity events, King once ran the province’s leading dances, was a music store owner and a promoter.

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Colin King with John Dix, 2016
Colin King, the "dance band king" of Taranaki, c1970
Colin King, 2016
Colin King, playing piano for 16-piece Taranaki dance band the Airliners, from the New Plymouth Photo News, 11 July 1957.
Photo credit: Charters & Guthrie
Colin King comperes - and leads the Airliners from the piano - at a 1957 dance at the Star Gymnasium, New Plymouth. From the New Plymouth Photo News, December 1957
Photo credit: Henry McGee
Colin King and his Harmonisers, 1950s. From left, Ronald Hugh Morrieson, Jim Leishman, Les Gibbs, Bob Crow, Lou McDonald, Piko Rangitaawa (guitar), Don McCormick, Colin King