Rochelle Vinsen Profile

Glen Moffatt
10 Aug 2016

Teenaged Wellington pop singer Rochelle Vinsen landed a recording contract with HMV in 1963 after a meeting with a bogus A&R man who claimed to work for the company.

The Onslow College sixth former had made the semi-finals of NZBC talent show Have A Shot singing with school band The Silhouettes. The day after the episode, Vinsen wagged school and received a call from someone saying he was an A&R man who had seen her on TV.

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Rochelle Vinsen and band performing at Librettos guitarist Lou Parun’s 21st birthday party. Bruno Lawrence is on drums and Garth Young on piano.
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1960s Mary Quant advert with Rochelle Vinsen
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A twinked promo shot for New Faces '68 with Rochelle Vinsen and Jim McNaught
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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A story in the Auckland Weekly on the Apple & Pear Marketing Board campaign with Rochelle Vinsen and The Pleasers
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Rochelle Vinsen on the cover of The New Zealand Pop Scene magazine, September 1965
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A 1964 single released by hairdressers The Ginger Group featuring Rochelle Vinsen and The Pleasers
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A press advert for Rochelle Vinsen's two 1964 singles including the timely hit, My Boyfriend's Got A Beatle Haircut
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A Rochelle Vinsen promo shoot proof sheet
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Rochelle Vinsen
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Rochelle Vinsen in Teen Beat
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Rochelle Vinsen in the NZ Woman’s Weekly, 1964
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Rochelle Vinsen and Peter Posa at the Wellington Town Hall, 1963
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Rochelle Vinsen in a NZ Apple & Pear Marketing Board campaign
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Rochelle Vinsen's 1963 single Candy Kisses
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Dinah Lee and Rochelle Vinsen on stage with the Plainsmen, Christchurch.
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Rochelle Vinsen in a NZ Apple & Pear Marketing Board campaign
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Rochelle Vinsen
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Rochelle Vinsen (fifth from left), Pete Sinclair (third from left) and touring party on a fishing break in Picton. Promoter Dave Abrahams is sixth from left.
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A writeup by Pete Sinclair about Rochelle Vinsen in the Auckland Weekly
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Bernie Brown backing Rochelle Vinsen, early 70s
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Trivia:

Rochelle Vinsen made several appearances on the NZBC pop TV show Let’s Go, which was filmed in Wellington from 1964 to 1966 and was produced by Kevan Moore.