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 New Zealand 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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Everybody's Girl
Larry's Rebels onstage in at the Mowomba Music Festival, Victoria, in 1968
Painter Man
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.
Live at The Top 20, mid 1960s
Photo credit: Barbara Fraser Collection
Larry Morris
Larry Morris, Playdate November 1969
Larry's Rebels signing autographs with a very young crowd, venue unknown
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
The Rebels, post Larry: Mal Logan, John Williams, Glyn Mason, Nooky Stott and Viv McCarthy
Video of Larry's Rebels, live 17 December, 1968 (No Sound)
Let's Think Of Something
Larry Morris and Tommy Adderley
Larry's Rebels in Playdate magazine, 1967
Larry's Rebels 
Larry saves Miss South Pacific - it was later admitted it was a publicity stunt
The 2015 A Study In Colour vinyl compilation, released for Record Store Day, April 2015
I Feel Good
Larry's Rebels 1965
Photo credit: Barbara Fraser Collection
Larry's Rebels outside Auckland Museum in 1967: Larry Morris, Nooky Stott, Terry Rouse, John Williams and Viv McCarthy
Larry Morris solo at The Top Hat, Napier, circa 1970
Photo credit: Gordon Wong collection
Larry Morris at The Top Hat, Napier, post Rebels, backed by Gordon Wong
Larry's Rebels in Gisborne, 1966
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
The Rebels, post Larry: Glyn Mason, John Williams, Viv McCarthy, Nooky Stott and Mal Logan
The Rebels, post Larry: John Williams, Mal Logan, Nooky Stott, Glyn Mason and Viv McCarthy
2013 reissue of both Larry's Rebels/The Rebels albums
Larry's Rebels, 1967: Larry Morris, Viv McCarthy, Nooky Stott, John Wiliams and Terry Rouse
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.
1968 Impact publicity shot. Another photo from the same photo shoot was used on the cover of the Christmas EP. 
Larry's Rebels go to church
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
Larry's Rebels at the Top 20
Photo credit: Kurt Shanks collection
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.
Larry's Rebels at the Top 20.
Photo credit: Kurt Shanks collection
John Williams at Auckland's Top 20 club, circa 1967. Nooky Stoll is behind him.
Photo credit: Larry Morris collection




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.


John Williams - guitar

Dennis “Nooky” Stott - drums

Terry Rouse - keyboards

Larry Morris - vocals

Viv McCarthy - bass

Glyn Mason - vocals

Mal Logan - keyboards