Larry Killip Profile

aka The Zarks, Larry and the Ladders, Killip, Omnibus, Starbow, Rock Me Bananas
Simon Grigg
19 Jul 2015

In an attractive but unassuming bungalow in Auckland's suburban Lynfield sits a collection built around New Zealand's musical past.

Spread throughout the house is an ever-growing collection of recordings, images, gear and ephemera. The collection, which includes an almost complete collection of Tanza 78s, amplifiers, tape recorders, classic instruments and a visual library of NZ musicians, grows daily as its owner, Larry Killip, captures the increasingly worn and gritty faces of our elder statesmen and women of pop, rock, jazz and country on his ever-present Rolleiflex camera.

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The Zarks' gear in late 1966
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Omnibus at the 1969 Battle Of The Bands, YMCA, Auckland
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Larry and the Ladders: Greg O'Donnell, Denis "Tub" Winters, Larry Killip
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Starbow: Dave Read, Kerry Grimshaw, Denis "Tub" Winters, Larry Killip and Paddy Gibbons
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Larry Killip in the mid-1970s
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The Zarks - CC Rider (reunion gig, 1998)
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The Zarks, 1966 at a YWCA Dance, Larry Killip, Greg Sharples, Denis "Tub" Winters and Terry Bradley
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Country Pickin', Killip's debut single on Pye's Family label. The Larry Killip penned track would, without the band's knowledge, later appear on a K-Tel collection called 20 Town And Country Greats, alongside the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. Although it was a large seller neither the band nor the songwriter received a cent.
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Larry Killip in the 1970s
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The flyer for The Zarks 25th anniversary reunion in 1990
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Ray Columbus on Larry Killip in The NZ Listener, August 1971
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Larry Killip with his first guitar in 1964
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Larry and the Ladders - She Came She Came
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Looking For An Answer, Larry and the Ladders' 1981 single on Bryan Staff's Ripper label
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Omnibus: Billy Williams, Denis "Tub" Winters, Larry Killip and Terry Bradley
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The late Greg Sharples, March 1966
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The Zarks outside their practice garage, Asquith Ave., Mt. Albert, Auckland 1967: Denis "Tub" Winters, Greg Sharples, John Morrell, Terry Bradley and Larry Killip
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The Zarks/ Omnibus in 2013: Mike "Boogie" Harrison, Denis "Tub" Winters, Paddy Gibbons, Larry Killip, Terry Bradley, Tim Biggs and John Morrell
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NZBC's Chris Bourne writes to Larry Killip about performing on Studio One in 1973
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Larry and the Ladders - Watching You
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Omnibus at the Tabu Club
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The Zarks: Terry Bradley, Denis "Tub" Winters, Mike Harrison and Larry Killip
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The poster for the Country Pickin' / Sunshine Town single, which reverses the A & B side from the single itself
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The 1971 single Home, produced by The Rumour's Gerard Smith and written by his brother Shade, was a solo single rather than by the group of the same name
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The Zarks, 1968: Larry Killip, Denis "Tub" Winters, Terry Bradley and Mike "Boogie" Harrison (with guitar)
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Killip, 1972: Larry Killip, Dave Wright, Peter Bayliss, Denis "Tub" Winters
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Omnibus recording at Astor Studios, Nugent St, Auckland: Denis "Tub" Winters, Paddy Gibbons, Paul Langkilde and Larry Killip
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The Zarks by the garage at Asquith Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland: Larry Killip, John Morrell, Terry Bradley, Denis "Tub" Winters, Tim Biggs
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The 1ZM May Rock Festival, 1977
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The 64th to 85th gigs The Zarks had performed up to mid-1968
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Larry Killip, 1969
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The Zarks at the 1968 Battle of the Bands, Auckland: Mike "Boogie" Harrison, Denis "Tub" Winters, Terry Bradley, Tim Biggs and Larry Killip
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Larry and the Ladders' launch invitation at XS Café in Airdale Street. XS was co-owned by Bryan Staff who would release their debut single on his Ripper label.
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Larry Killip with Rock Me Bananas at Echo Park, 1986: Greg O'Donnell, Denis "Tub” Winters, Larry Killip, Chris Chamberlain and Kerry Grimshaw
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Killip at Aubreys in Auckland's Cook Street in 1971: Larry Killip, Tim Biggs, Steve Butler, Kerry Moore
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Larry and the Ladders poster
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Larry Killip in the late 1960s
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The second Killip single on Family, Taken Back To Mother Earth Again, issued in 1973
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Larry Killip, 1970
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The Zarks in 1967: Larry Killip (with an unknown hand on his shoulder!), Denis 'Tub' Winters, John Morrell and Terry Bradley
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The Zarks at the 2013 Galaxie Reunion: Tim Biggs, Paddy Gibbons (in Omnibus), Denis "Tub" Winters, Mike "Boogie" Harrison, Terry Bradley, Larry Killip and John Morrell
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The Zarks - Jennifer Eccles
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Larry's contract for Happen Inn, 1972
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Omnibus at Forum nightclub: Larry Killip, Paul Langkilde, Denis "Tub" Winters, Paddy Gibbons
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Larry Killip, 1967
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The Omnibus at the Tabu Club, Lower Queen St, Auckland, 1969: Paddy Gibbons, Larry Killip, Denis "Tub" Winters, Terry Bradley and Paul Langkilde
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The Zarks' business card
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The weekend line-up at the Galaxie in Auckland, 1968
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Larry and the Ladders
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Killip in 1972: Denis "Tub" Winters, Larry Killip, Dave Wright, Peter Bayliss
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Larry and the Ladders' second single, She Came, She Came, released by RCA in 1982
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The Zarks, Auckland YWCA Queen St, 1966: Larry Killip, Denis "Tub" Winters, Greg Sharples and Terry Bradley
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Sweet Charity at Hatchett's, Cook St., Auckland, 1970: Paddy Gibbons, Larry Killip, Kerry Grimshaw, Denis "Tub" Winters and Paul Langkilde
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The Zarks in Moa Rd, Pt. Chevalier, Auckland, 1967: Tim Biggs, Denis "Tub" Winters, Terry Bradley, John Morrell, Larry Killip
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The Zarks, 1966: Terry Bradley, Greg Sharples, Larry Killip and Denis "Tub" Winters
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The Zarks, 1967: John Morrell, Denis "Tub" Winters, Larry Killip, Malcolm (unknown) and Terry Bradley
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