Larry's Rebels Profile

aka The Rebels
Andrew Schmidt
20 May 2013

Teenage guitarist John Williams of Larry's Rebels was not yet 20 when the premier NZ pop act broke apart following the departure of singer Larry Morris for a solo career in early 1969. A lifetime lived already, he would later recall.

Larry’s Rebels were New Zealand’s Animals. Our Paul Revere and the Raiders. The top notch local pop band with bluesy bite, who released a handful of vital discs, and for a brief few years were all over the media, the charts and the nation’s bedroom walls. They were Auckland’s first great homegrown pop band of the modern pop era; hard working and electrifying live. Their cover versions nipped at the heels of the originals.

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The Rebels, post Larry: Glyn Mason, John Williams, Viv McCarthy, Nooky Stott and Mal Logan
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Larry saves Miss South Pacific - it was later admitted it was a publicity stunt
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The Rebels, post Larry: Mal Logan, John Williams, Glyn Mason, Nooky Stott and Viv McCarthy
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Larry Morris, Playdate November 1969
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The 1966 Impact tour dates and lineup. Package tours were a big feature of the 1960s and Gerry Merito had already toured with quite a number. Benny Levin was an old hand at these big shows by the time he and Russell Clark launched their Impact label, so it made perfect sense to send out all the bands on the label together.
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Everybody's Girl
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An extraordinary meeting of 60s pop talent. Taken in 1966 on the Tom Jones tour (promoted by Phil Warren):(front) Lew Pryme, Larry Morris, (rear) Ray Columbus and Tom Jones.
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Live at The Top 20, mid 1960s
Photo credit: Barbara Fraser Collection
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John Williams at Auckland's Top 20 club, circa 1967. Nooky Stoll is behind him.
Photo credit: Larry Morris collection
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Painter Man
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Larry's Rebels onstage in at the Mowomba Music Festival, Victoria, in 1968
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Larry's Rebels signing autographs with a very young crowd, venue unknown
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
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Larry's Rebels 
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Let's Think Of Something
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Larry's Rebels at the Top 20
Photo credit: Kurt Shanks collection
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Larry Morris solo at The Top Hat, Napier, circa 1970
Photo credit: Gordon Wong collection
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Larry's Rebels, 1967: Larry Morris, Viv McCarthy, Nooky Stott, John Wiliams and Terry Rouse
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Larry's Rebels go to church
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
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I Feel Good
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Larry Morris
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Larry the showman - taken at the Mowomba Music Festival, Victoria, in 1968. From left: Viv McCarthy, Dennis “Nooky” Stott, Larry Morris, Terry Rouse and John Williams.
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Larry Morris at The Top Hat, Napier, post Rebels, backed by Gordon Wong
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Larry's Rebels outside Auckland Museum in 1967: Larry Morris, Nooky Stott, Terry Rouse, John Williams and Viv McCarthy
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Larry's Rebels at the Top 20.
Photo credit: Kurt Shanks collection
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Mobbed....
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Larry's Rebels in Gisborne, 1966
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
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The 2015 A Study In Colour vinyl compilation, released for Record Store Day, April 2015
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The Rebels, post Larry: John Williams, Mal Logan, Nooky Stott, Glyn Mason and Viv McCarthy
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Video of Larry's Rebels, live 17 December, 1968 (No Sound)
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Larry Morris and Tommy Adderley
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1968 Impact publicity shot. Another photo from the same photo shoot was used on the cover of the Christmas EP. 
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Larry's Rebels in Playdate magazine, 1967
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2013 reissue of both Larry's Rebels/The Rebels albums
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Larry's Rebels 1965
Photo credit: Barbara Fraser Collection
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Trivia:

Larry’s Rebels’ hit Let’s Think of Something was written by New Zealander Roger Skinner and won the APRA Silver Scroll Award in 1967.

A Study in Black was so named because the label would not pay for a colour photograph of the band for the front sleeve.

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Labels:

Impact


Philips

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Members:

John Williams - guitar

Dennis “Nooky” Stott - drums

Terry Rouse - keyboards

Larry Morris - vocals

Viv McCarthy - bass

Glyn Mason - vocals

Mal Logan - keyboards