Red Hewitt Profile

aka Alan Hewitt, Red Hewitt & The Buccaneers
Chris Bourke
20 Dec 2013

Like the Keil Isles, Red Hewitt and his Buccaneers were playing rock and roll in Auckland clubs and dance halls in the mid-1950s, before Johnny Devlin arrived in town. But their status as pioneers has been eclipsed.

Perhaps it is because Devlin recorded ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ a year before Hewitt made his vinyl debut, or that it was two months after Devlin’s barnstorming 1959 tour that he was first seen nationwide, as the support act for Johnny O’Keefe, the Australian Elvis.

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The Howard Morrison Quartet and Red Hewitt's band storm Pukekohe in 1959
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Red Hewitt and Eddie Howell woo Wellington, 1960
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Bassist Peter Cox from The Buccaneers
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Red Hewitt & The Buccaneers - DJ Blues
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Red Hewitt & The Buccaneers in a 1960 Audion publicity shot. Left to right: Gary Daverne (on the floor), Peter Cox (normally a bassist but seen here with a guitar), George Jones, Red Hewitt and Johnny Willetts.
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Red Hewitt at the Auckland Town Hall, 1960
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Red Hewitt & The Buccaneers rocking lower Queen Street, circa 1960. There's clearly a circus involved as there's a dog, a horse and a monkey in the shot, althought any further explanation seems lost in time.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg Collection
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Teen Beat hails the Howard Morrison Quartet, Ronnie Sundin, The Keil Isles and Red Hewitt as the successors to Johnny Devlin, late 1959
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Red Hewitt
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Red Hewitt & The Buccaneers - Beatnik Fly
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The NZ Herald reports enthusiastically on Red Hewitt, 1960
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Red meets the Governor-General
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Robbin The Cradle (Bandstand, 1961)
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Red Hewitt & The Buccaneers - Betty Lou's Got A New Pair of Shoes
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Zodiac


Audion


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Trivia:

Gary Daverne would, in the 1960s, own Viscount Records which would record Mr. Lee Grant and The Gremlins amongst other acts. In the 1990s he was the conductor of the Auckland Symphonia.

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