Toni Williams Profile

aka Antoni Williams, Tony Williams
Chris Bourke
3 Jul 2013

In the recording scene of the early 1960s, copying overseas hits was often encouraged at the expense of originality. Many local singles were like audition tapes for Stars in Their Eyes.

While Toni Williams did emulate the swinging croon of Sam Cooke with aplomb, there was far more to the Rarotongan-born singer than being a covers artist. In the mid-1950s he formed one of Auckland’s first skiffle groups, The Housewarmers, and then became the singer-guitarist in a hardworking rock and roll group, The Tremellos.

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Toni Williams in Gisborne
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
Toni Williams (in shades) and Howard Morrison during the Showtime Spectacular tour of 1961 with, on the left, road manager Trevor King, and, on the right, Brian Richards
Photo credit: Chris Bourke Collection
Toni Williams, 1961
The 1968 Toni Williams album The Late Show was recorded at Auckland's Logan Park Hotel, backed by Jimmie Sloggett and his band
The One I Sing My Love Songs To
Toni Williams and The Tremellos, 1960 - Toni Williams, Johnny Stowers, Noel Peterson, Nga Williams, Graham Page
Toni Williams - The One I Sing My Love Songs To (Interfusion/ Festival, 1977 - producer Rob Aickin, engineer Ian Morris).
Toni Williams in 1968
Toni Williams work schedule, May-June 1970
Photo credit: Phil Warren collection
Rose (Can I Share A Bed With You) - live 1992


La Gloria