Holidaymakers Profile

Murray Cammick
16 Apr 2013

Best remembered for their No.1 hit 'Sweet Lovers' in June 1988, the members of Holidaymakers had their roots in a series of Wellington bands that included The Rodents, Hulamen and the short-lived Tombolas.

The soul/funk tradition went back to the 1960s in Wellington and from 1976 to 1979, Rick Bryant kept the flame alive with his touring band Rough Justice, which included a young Stephen Jessup, who in the 1980s went on to play in Hulamen, The Tombolas and Holidaymakers.

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Fane Flaws' cover for Sweet Lovers
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Pagan publicity shot
Photo credit: Sal Criscillo
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The Holidaymakers
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Sweet Lovers
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Members:

Richard Caigou - drummer

Andrew Clouston - tenor sax

Mara Finau - vocals

Barbara Griffin - keyboards

Stephen Jessup - guitar

Peter Marshall - vocals

Pati Umaga - bass

John McDougall - guitar

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Trivia:

Sweet Lovers is a cover of a Bill Withers song, originally titled We Could Be Sweet Lovers.

Sweet Lovers spent six weeks on top of the NZ Singles Chart and remained in the charts for 22 weeks. The song won several awards at the 1988 New Zealand Music Awards including Single Of The Year.

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Pagan

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