Tony Littlejohn Profile

aka Littlejohn
Keith Newman
1 Jul 2016

Original BLERTA bassist Tony Littlejohn first joined forced with long-time musical collaborator Corben Simpson in Tauranga band The Movement before heading to Australia to play jazz-rock and becoming a pioneering roots-rock-reggae artist in the late 1970s with Ghetto and the Littlejohn band.

Littlejohn grew up in Rotorua, where he picked up a few chords from his mother on ukulele. He picked up the rest from listening to older friends who at the time were playing Shadows and Peter Posa instrumentals.

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Tony Littlejohn Band
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Tony Littlejohn, guitarist Gav Collinge and Terrence Littlejohn, bass, at Scoop de Loop studios
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Tony Littlejohn, circa 1992
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Littlejohn band, circa 1988: Mina Paikea, Terrence Littlejohn, Tony Littlejohn and Lloyd Lattimer with engineer Phil Yule, circa 1988
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Terrence and Tony Littlejohn
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Alan Moon, Corben Simpson and Tony Littlejohn circa 1971
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Tony Littlejohn
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Tony Littlejohn and Corben Simpson
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The Movement: (left to right) Larry Abbot, Don Bedgegood, Corben Simpson, Tony Littlejohn
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Littlejohn's Right Occasion, issued on cassette in 1993 and CD in 2000
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Tony Littlejohn at Scoop de Loop Studio, Auckland
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Littlejohn, 1971
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Terrence Littlejohn, Tony Littlejohn and Gav Collinge, 1988
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