Will Crummer Profile

Sam Ford
1 Nov 2020

Will Crummer is very much his own man. He has his own dress style – part Raro, part Rat Pack – and once you meet him, you’re highly unlikely to ever mistake him for someone else. He’s a proud man but at the same time very humble, with a serious demeanor, but he laughs very easily. He speaks very openly and honestly but manages to remain guarded at the same time. When I pressed him for details relating to his early career he said, “It’s a long time ago. I can’t tell you; I might tell you a lie.”

Will grew up in Rarotonga and although he has spent much of his life in New Zealand, he has never lost his love for his island home. He will tell you “it is paradise”. It would seem the Crummer family have music in their blood: his daughter Annie Crummer needs no introduction and his son, David, who has been based in Australia for some years, is an accomplished singer and musician with his own recording studio.

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Will and Annie Crummer sing for Cook Islands Language Week at the RNZ Auckland studios (2017).
Will Crummer - But I Do (feat. Annie Crummer)
Will Crummer at Roundhead Studio, Auckland. 
Will Crummer (far right) and band, early 1960s.
Will Crummer at Womad, Taranaki, 2011. 
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
Will Crummer at Womad, Taranaki.
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
Will Crummer and the Seastars - Rarotonga (Viking, 1963)
Will and Annie Crummer at Radio New Zealand. 
Photo credit: RNZ/Dru Faulkner
Will Crummer perfroming at Womad, Taranaki, 2011. 
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
Will Crummer, Arthur Baysting, and Annie Crummer in Roundhead Studio, Auckland, 2010. 
Will Crummer and the Seastars - Rarotonga (Viking, 1963)
Will Crummer - Shoebox Love Songs (2011)
Will Crummer and Nick Bollinger at Roundhead Studios, Auckland.
Will Crummer performing with his daughter Annie, 2011. 
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
Will and Annie Crummer discuss Cook Islands language & culture (RNZ, 2017).
Shoebox Love Songs in the studio. From left: Arthur Baysting, Turia “Dinky” Ngatipa, Will Crummer, and Nick Bollinger.
Will Crummer - Purotu Manea - live at Te Papa (2013)
Will Crummer - Shoebox Love Songs (2011)
Will Crummer and his daughter Annie, 2011.
Photo credit: Simon Moore
Will Crummer
Will Crummer performing at Womad, New Plymouth, 2011.
Photo credit: Trevor Villers
Will Crummer and the Seastars - Rarotonga (Viking, 1963)
Will Crummer and the Seastars - Rarotonga (Viking, 1963)
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