Lyn Barnett Profile

Chris Bourke
25 Jul 2017

Pop picking, as the saying goes, is a fast and furious business. Lyn Barnett’s career in New Zealand was brief but significant: in the early 1960s the Wellington teenager was one of the few female pop vocalists who recorded and had hits. She was a local star two years before Dinah Lee, but quickly disappeared from the New Zealand music scene.

Barnett’s discography is not lengthy: just five singles and an LP, all recorded in 1962 and 1963. By the time of her last single, she was just 17.

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Lyn Barnett with Auckland singer Tony Fisher, at the Pines, Wellington, c1963
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Lyn - the only album by Lyn Barnett, was recorded in Wellington with Garth Young and his Orchestra in 1962. 
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The Howard Morrison Spectacular '63 was another big-selling national tour in which the Howard Morrison Quartet was supported by acts such as Peter Posa, comedian John Daley, and "lovely teenage singing sensation" Lyn Barnett. - Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, Eph-C-CABOT-Music-1963-01
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Tommy Adderley and Lyn Barnett, the Pines, Wellington, c1963
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Lyn Barnett, c1963
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Fresh from a royal command appearance, the Howard Morrison Quartet embarked on a national tour, supported by Bill and Boyd, and Wellington teenage pop singer Lyn Barnett. - Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, Eph-E-MUSIC-Popular-1963-01
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Lyn Barnett wows Wanganui, c1964
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Lyn Barnett, 1974
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The Meteors backing Lyn Barnett, venue unknown, 1964: Billy Kristian, Max Merritt and Pete Williams with Jimmy Hill out of frame
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