Gerry Merito with the Howard Morrison Quartet - interview
Howard repositioning for a solo career. This was the final original Quartet album, recorded live in 1965, without any imagery of the Quartet.
Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art, live 1981)
Mind If We Sing? a 1962 album on La Gloria. The Howard Morrison Quartet fell out with Harry Miller early in 1963 and the run of releases stopped.
The Howard Morrison Quartet live during the Miss New Zealand pageant in 1963
Māori Songs, the third La Gloria album, from 1962
Country and western: pictured after visiting Nga-whatu Hospital, while on a Joe Brown tour, are (L-R) Paul Walden, John Hore and Peter Posa; on the horse is "Senor" Howard Morrison. From the Nelson Photo News, 17 Sept 1966.
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, Kerridge Odeon's Nelson manager Hugh Richards.
Chris Bourke Collection
Pictorial Parade No. 103 (1960) featuring the Howard Morrison Quartet
Billy T James and Sir Howard Morrison read the news
Flyer from the Palmerston North show of the 1963 Howard Morrison Spectaular
The Miss New Zealand contestants sing along with Howard, 1965
Howard Morrison's 1969 solo LP 'Getting It All Together' was recorded live at the Auckland Town Hall, and at Tommo's Place (a nightclub in the Station Hotel, Beach Rd). "This album is a lulu," says Phil Warren in the liner notes.
Howard Morrison, 1970s
The original Howard Morrison Quartet: Laurie Morrison, Gerry Merito, Howard Morrison, John Morrison
Take Ten was a 1967 duet album with John Hore and Howard Morrison, rush recorded by Joe Brown to coincide with a tour.
Howard Morrison in Don't let It Get You (1966)
1960 tour programme
The Breakaways with Howard Morrison
Four months after the Howard Morrison Quartet disbanded, Morrison performs in Gisborne with the Miss New Zealand show, 1965.
Gisborne Photo News, May 1965
The Howard Morrison Quartet in a likely posed "playback" shot in 1962
The most famous of the Howard Morrison Quartet lineups: Wi Wharekura, Gerry Merito, Noel Kingi, Howard Morrison
Gerry Merito with the Howard Morrison Quartet - Battle Of Waikato (live 1992)
Early Librettos line-up taken while playing in Rotorua, probably at The Ritz. Back row (L to R): Paul Griffin, guest drummer Ray Earle, John England. Front: Rod Stone, Howard Morrison, Roger "Sammy Rogers" Simpson, Harry M. Miller, David Clark. Harry Miller and Howard Morrison were the promoters.
The Breakaways back Howard Morrison on Johnny Cooper's Talent Show, Masterton 1965
Gerry Merito and Howard Morrison
This 1958 EP by the Howard Morrison Quartet was the very first release by the band. Recorded for Zodiac by Eldred Stebbing, it was quickly followed by four singles Haere Ra E Hine, Deep Purple, Po Kare Kare Ana, and There's Only One Of You. The EP was issued in two different coloured sleeves, this being the first. A second EP, with another shade of green but the same imagery was used a few months later just to confuse.
Quin Tikis with Howard Morrison and John Hore
Courtesy of the Rim D. Paul Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
In the mid-1970s Howard Morrison shared the stage with Auckland drag act Diamond Lil (Marcus Craig), at Phil Warren's Ace of Clubs cabaret.
Howard Morrison liked to record his songs in front of a live audience and he was most comfortable doing so, hence the fact that much of his catalogue was live. Many of the studio sessions also were recorded in front of a small audience to relax Howard.