The Bitter End Profile

Simon Grigg
4 Feb 2014

In his definitive 1989 overview of the 1960s Wellington scene When Rock Got Rolling, writer Roger Watkins calls The Bitter End “the Beastie Boys of the day”. Indeed, anyone you talk to who saw the band live tells of wild and raucous stage shows, played at some volume with an off-stage presence to match.

Their solitary release, the January 1967 single ‘Single Man’, an almost perfect R&B stormer on HMV, supports that.

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The Bitter End in an HMV publicity shot
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At the Upper Hutt Rugby Gym. Second from left is Frankie Stevens, later to be a pop star, singer, TV host and actor. At the time this was taken he was the guitarist with In-Sect, later to become The Fourmyula.
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson
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The January 1967 single Single Man, written by Peter Hall, Allan Bateup and Dave Longmore
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Late period The Bitter End with Glyn Mason (right) on guitar. He would go on to replace larry Morris in The Rebels before a stellar career in Australia.
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Publicity shot from The Bitter End's managment, Tom McDonald's UBA, who dominated the Wellington scene in the mid to late 1960s.
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The Rugby Gym in Upper Hutt with The Bitter End playing - L to R: Peter Hall, Peter Raxworthy, James Dwan, Roger Knox, Allan Bateup, Ben Kaika
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson
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Peter Raxworthy, Allan Bateup (behind), Dave Orams, Peter Hall, Ben Kaika, venue unknown
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The Bitter End, Christchurch, 1967. On vocals is Peter Hall; at right is Glyn Mason on lead guitar
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Peter Hall on stage when The Bitter End supported The Animals
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The Bitter End play to the crowd at the Upper Hutt Rugby Gym
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson
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The Portraits in early 1965: Peter Raxworthy ,Roger Knox, Peter Hall, Allan Bateup and Jim Dwan
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The Bitter End in a 1967 HMV publicity shot
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The Bitter End at the Rugby Gym, Upper Hutt, circa 1965
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson
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The crowd for The Bitter End at the Upper Hutt Rugby Gym
Photo credit: Photo by Wilfred Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library
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Members:

Peter Raxworthy - vocals, guitar

Peter Hall - vocals

James Dwan - guitar, vocals

Roger Knox - bass, vocals

Allan Bateup - drums

Dave Longmore - guitar

Ben Kaika - bass

George Barris - guitar

Glyn Mason - guitar, vocals

Dave Orams - bass, keyboards

Noel Koskella - bass

Bruno Lawrence - drums