Rod Derrett Profile

Grant Gillanders
4 Sep 2013

Rod Derrett was a schoolteacher by day and a nightclub owner and performer at night.

Derrett fine-tuned his unique and incisive brand of New Zealand humor during the mid fifties and early sixties in his hometown of Christchurch until he had quite a live following.

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Rod Derrett plays up in Gisborne, 1962
Photo credit: Gisborne Photonews
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Rod Derrett, a versatile musician from Christchurch, was best known for musical satire in the early 1960s. His 1964 EP for HMV, Rugby, Racing and Beer, featured the title track and '6 O'Clock Swill'
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Rod Derrett
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Rod Derrett arranged Howard Morrison’s funny Beatles’ parody ‘I Wanna Cut Your Hair’ in 1964.