Jenny Morris Profile

Murray Cammick
Published: 21 Apr 2014
Updated: 1 Sep 2018

After a lengthy apprenticeship in Wide Mouthed Frogs, The Crocodiles, QED and on backing vocals for INXS, Jenny Morris had massive success as a solo artist in Australia with big selling albums Body And Soul (1987), Shiver (1989) and Honeychild (1991). Shiver sold more than 250,000 copies in Australia.

Born in Tokoroa in 1956, Jenny Morris grew up in Hamilton, where she first performed professionally at the age of 15 before joining How’s Your Father in Auckland, finalists in the Battle of The Bands in 1976.

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The Crocodiles - Tears
Jenny Morris at The Gaelic Club, Sydney, November 2007
Photo credit: Photo by Ross Beckley
Poster for the 1986 single You're Gonna Get Hurt, written and produced by INXS' Andrew Farris
The Japanese sleeve for the 1983 QED Everywhere I Go single
Jenny Morris with fellow former Crocodiles member Tony Backhouse (and the Heaven Bent Gospel Choir) at the 1999 APRA Silver Scrolls
The Crocodiles (Mark I) - Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse, Bruno Lawrence, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Fane Flaws
A gathering on Bondi Beach for three former Frogs, 1992. From left: Sally Zwartz (with Tosca), Jenny Morris (with Hugh), Tina Matthews (with Hal in cap, and Billie).
Photo credit: Oliver Strewe
Jenny Morris in Timor Leste, October 2011
Don McGlashan and Jenny Morris at the 2009 Australian APRA awards
Jenny Morris in 1991
Photo credit: Photo by Graham Shearer
Jenny Morris
QED - Ian Belton, Jenny Morris and Rex Goh
The Crocodiles - Any Day Of The Week
Jenny Morris, 2008
Jenny Morris on the SBS show RocKwiz, 24 January 2012
Photo credit: Courtesy of Renegade Films
Jenny Morris - Break In The Weather (1991)
The Crocodiles - Hello Girl
How's Your Father tour poster
Jenny Morris
Wide Mouthed Frogs, by Matthew McKee. From left, standing: Andrea Gilkison, Katie Brockie, Sally Zwartz, Jenny Morris; in front, Tina Matthews
Photo credit: Matthew McKee
A 1980s Jenny Morris publicity shot
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Jenny Morris in Kamo, Whangarei, with How's Your Father, 1977. In the background is guitarist Co Tipping.
Photo credit: Stephen Stratford collection
The Crocodiles (Mark II) - Ian Gilroy, Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent
Six Wide Mouthed Frogs on a chaise longue. Clockwise from left: Andrea Gilkison, Katie Brockie, Bronwen Murray, Sally Zwartz, Tina Matthews, and Jenny Morris
Photo credit: Sally Zwartz collection
The Canons, Sydney, 1981. Left to right: Rikki Morris, Mike Knapp, Jenny Morris, Phil Hall.
Jenny Morris with The Choirboys' Mark Gable at the Australian 2012 APRA Awards
Photo credit: Photo By Eva Rinaldi
Trivia:

Jenny's first band, How's Your Father, also included writer Stephen Stratford and Peter "Lez" White, later of Th'Dudes.

Jenny Morris was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music and charity fundraising in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.

Jenny Morris was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2018. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.
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