Lou and Simon Profile

Chris Bourke
20 May 2013

If any act in New Zealand’s pop music past now seems an anachronism, it is Lou and Simon. In the 1960s this musical comedy duo was extremely popular and hardworking, performed often on television and recorded prolifically.

Lou Clauson and Simon Mehana were stars. Yet their records are hardly ever heard today. We live in an age that is allegedly more racially sensitive and “Hori humour” has gone the way of blackface minstrels.

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One of five EPs released by Lou & Simon in the 60s. Recorded in 1966, the four tracks on this EP did not appear on any of their albums.
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Lou writes to DJ Keith Richardson in the early 1960s from Sydney
Photo credit: Keith Richardson collection
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Dear Murray...
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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The 1962 Zodiac single City Driving backed with I Remember You (You Gave Me Asian Flu). The B side was a live comedy song.
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Lou Clauson as a solo artist in the early 1980s
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1965 live album
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Lou Clauson writes to DJ Keith Richardson in the early 1960s
Photo credit: Keith Richardson collection
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Lou & Simon's first studio album and the first LP released on the Red Rooster label. Recorded in 1965 with Peter Posa who played guitar on the album and wrote the liner notes
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Miss NZ Tour 1965. From top left: Wez Taiaroa, Lou Clauson, Ian Saxon, Simon Mehana. Middle row: John Hore, Howard Morrison, Miss NZ 1965 Gay Phelps, Keri Northover. Front: Gary Wahrlich, Rim D. Paul. 
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rim D. Paul Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Lou & Simon's business card
Photo credit: Keith Richardson collection
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Lou and Simon at The Downtown Club, Wellington, circa 1966
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David Hartnell, Lou Clauson - holding a Benny award - and Gray Bartlett
Photo credit: Gray Bartlett collection
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Lou Clauson, Simon Mehana
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The Māori Melody
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Simon Mehana
Photo credit: Keith Richardson collection
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Members:

Lou Clauson

Simon Mehana