Noel McKay Profile

Chris Bourke
23 Dec 2013

It took some balls to up-stage Prime Minister Robert Muldoon when he was at his most formidable, but that’s exactly what Noel McKay achieved at the Variety Artists’ Club awards night in 1977.

Called up to the Shoreline Cabaret stage in Auckland to receive a parchment scroll in recognition of his contribution to New Zealand show business, at first McKay refused to get out of his chair.

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A Date With Noel McKay, from 1960
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Noel McKay with Carmen, 1975
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Noel McKay at the microphone, early 1960s
Photo credit: Don Peat
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From the 8 O'Clock, 1975
Photo credit: Chris Bourke collection
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The New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 1975
Photo credit: Chris Bourke collection
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The 1967 live collection, released by Phil Warren's James Productions through Festival Records. The band was the Claude Papesh Trio.
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The Fabulous Noel McKay, from 1962
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Noel McKay
Photo credit: NZBC archive
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The Muldoon incident, from the 8 O'Clock, October 1977
Photo credit: Chris Bourke collection
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One of 5 7-inch EPs issued by Viking Records, this dates to 1959
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Noel McKay in Person, from 1961
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