Rikki Morris Profile

aka Rick Morris
Glen Moffatt
21 Jun 2016

There are hardly any positions at the coalface of the New Zealand music industry that Rikki Morris has not filled with aplomb. Roadie, sound man, band member, songwriter, pop star, studio manager, producer and talent spotter – he’s done it all.

Morris had a No.1 hit song with ‘Nobody Else’ and won the APRA Silver Scroll with ‘Heartbroke’. He recorded the early demos of Finn Andrews (The Veils), The Checks, Gin Wigmore and Lorde and produced or engineered albums by Hammond Gamble, Graham Brazier and Paul Holmes.

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Neil Hannan (left) and Rikki Morris engineering Glen Moffatt’s Superheroes & Scary Things, Mt Eden, 2013
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Robert Rakete, Malcolm Smith, Rikki Morris, Sony Music's Paul Ellis and Mike Chunn at the 1991 APRA Silver Scrolls, Hammerhead's restaurant, Auckland
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Rikki Morris - I Can't Give You Anything (1991)
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Co-hosts of 3:45 Live! Fenella Bathfield and Rikki Morris, 1989
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Concord Dawn feat Rikki Morris - Forever
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Brothers Rikki and Ian Morris, 1987/8
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
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Rikki Morris in 1988
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Ian and Rikki Morris in matching Hank Wangford T-shirts, Earl of Lonsdale, Notting Hill, 1985. After three weeks visiting Rikki in London, Ian departed for New Zealand only to have second thoughts in New York and return to his brother’s side.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris in the 2010s
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Ian and Rikki Morris in a publicity shot outtake from 1988
Photo credit: Ian Morris collection
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The Rocking Love Gods front line, 1986. Left to right: Andy Dickson, Tony Waine, Rikki Morris.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris with former Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter backstage at a Jimmy Barnes gig, Sydney, 1990.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Soundmen extraordinaire Chris Tate and Rikki Morris (who also supported When The Cat's Away on the earlier Melting Pot tour) on the 2001 tour
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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The 1991 APRA Silver Scroll went to Richard (Rikki) Morris for 'Heartbroke' and he's seen here with APRA CEO Brent Cottle
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Rikki Morris and Graham Brazier during sessions for Brazier’s East Of Eden, produced by Morris
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki and Ian Morris in a still from the 'Nobody Else' video, 1988
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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The final Crocodiles gig, Bondi Astra, Sydney, July 1981. Left to right: Rikki Morris, Barton Price (drums), Fane Flaws, Jonathan Zwartz, Jenny Morris, Tony Backhouse.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Cor Blimey! at the Hillcrest Tavern, Hamilton, 1983. Left to right: Paul Lightfoot, Steve Melville, Shelley Pratt, Debbie Chin, Rikki Morris.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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The Crocodiles - Call Me (Live at Sweetwaters, 1981 - Rikki Morris on guitar)
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Rikki Morris nurses the legendary Lucille, guitar of BB King, on the set of 3:45 Live!, 1989
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris - Nobody Else (2016 acoustic version)
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The brothers Morris in a Pagan records publicity shot for the No.1 Tex Pistol & Rikki Morris single Nobody Else
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Ian and Richard Morris performing at a gang show in the 1960s
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Rikki Morris - World Stand Still (1996)
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‘Come Back Louise’ video shoot, 1989
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris in the 2010s
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Rikki Morris in his studio The Bus, 2000
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Rikki Morris recording Finn Andrews, 2003
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Message To My Girl (ENZSO concert November 2013)
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Ian and Rikki Morris, 1988
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Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris - Nobody Else (1988)
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Rikki Morris promo shot from 1988
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Tex Pistol and Rikki Morris - Come Back Louise (1989)
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Rikki Morris with Fine Young Cannibals singer Roland Gift and Fenella Bathfield on the set of 3:45 Live! in 1989
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Roadies in the Auckland Star, 1979, including Th'Dude's Richard Morris and the late Keith McKenzie ('McFrenzy')
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Rikki Morris, 1996
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Rikki and Ian Morris recording ‘Nobody Else’ at Soundtrax in Wellington, 1987
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris - These Dark Moods (1997)
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The Crocodiles on stage at Sweetwaters 1981. Rikki Morris is nearest to camera.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris recording guitar on Jenny Morris demos at Trafalgar, Sydney, 1982
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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The short-lived Rocking Love Gods, 1986. Left to right: Steve Clarkson, Rikki Morris, Andy Dickson and Tony Waine
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Walter Kirby prize-winning Gnome’s only gig and Rikki Morris’s first, St Chads Hall, Meadowbank, December 1977
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Rikki Morris at work in the 2010s
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris - Heartbroke (1990)
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Rikki Morris on stage with Chet O’Connell (left) and Karl Benton in the 2010s
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris and Wayne Bell, 2013
Photo credit: Courtesy of Richard Morris
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A 1980s publicity shot of Rikki and Ian ‘Tex Pistol’ Morris
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Rikki Morris with Poison singer Bret Michaels on the set of 3:45 Live! in 1989
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‘Come Back Louise’ single released on Pagan, 1989
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Rikki Morris and Peter Urlich on Waiheke Island in the 2010s
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris suiting up for The Crocodiles, Sweetwaters, 1981
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Rikki Morris and Gin Wigmore
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Rikki Morris in Sydney, 1981
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Rikki Morris with The Rocking Love Gods at Wildlife in 1986
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Rikki Morris’s only album Everest, released 1996
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Drummer Ian Gilroy and Rikki Morris, on the road with The Crocodiles, Dunedin, 1980
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris Mushroom publicity shot, June 1992
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Rikki Morris reunites with former members of Daggy & The Dickheads, Auckland, March 1987. Left to right: Tim McCartin, Paul Kennedy, Morris, Mark Kennedy.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Nobody Else: The Rikki Morris Story (full length documentary)
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Hammond Gamble with Mike Caen and Rikki Morris at Rikki's studio The Bus in 2006 whilst recording Hammond's Recollection
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Rikki Morris - I'm An Island (Live on TVNZ Good Morning, 2001)
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Kuhtze Band, 1990. Left to right: Ryan Monga, Rikki Morris, Harry Lyon, Paul Dunningham, Steve Larkins.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Rikki Morris and Jude Dobson on the set of Alive & Kicking, 1993
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Rikki Morris, aged 21
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Cor Blimey! in 1983. Front to back: Debbie Chin, Shelley Pratt, Paul Lightfoot, Steve Melville, Rikki Morris.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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The Crocodiles - Hello Girl (1981)
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Th' Dudes road crew - 1979 NZBC documentary featuring Rikki Morris as roadie
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The Crocodiles’ 1981 single ‘Hello Girl’, sung by Rikki Morris
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Rikki Morris with The Canons, Sydney, 1981
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Backstage with Bread at the Playhouse, Edinburgh, November 1997. Left to right: David Gates, Larry Knechtel, Rikki Morris, Mike Botts, Scott Chambers, Randy Flowers, James Griffin.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Corporate band The Golden Kiwis, 2006. Left to right: Harry Lyon, Tony Waine, Ricky Ball, Rikki Morris.
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Rikki Morris, 1990
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
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Trivia:

While signed to Mushroom in the early 1990s, Rikki Morris and his then wife Debbie Harwood provided backing vocals for Jimmy Barnes on his Soul Deep shows.

The video for Rikki Morris’s only Mushroom single ‘I Can’t Give You Anything’ was directed by Tony Johns and filmed at the elephant enclosure at the Auckland Zoo.

Rikki Morris’s children have all taken an interest in music. Son Marlon fronted thrash metal band Kingdoms, daughter Gala is a singer-songwriter and has played in Jesse Sheehan’s band, and younger daughter Oni is pure of voice and is taking vocal lessons from New Zealand legend Suzanne Lynch.

In 2010, Matthew Harvey’s drum and bass unit Concord Dawn had Rikki Morris write lyrics and a vocal melody for single ‘Forever’, which he also sang and was the lead track on Concord Dawn’s album The Enemy Within.

Rikki Morris chose the spelling of his stage name from the 1974 Steely Dan hit single ‘Rikki Don’t Lose That Number’.

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Labels:

Pagan


Mushroom Records


Warner Music


XSF