John Grenell

aka John Hore

In the 1980s – two decades into his professional career – New Zealand’s most prominent and prolific country singer changed his name. John Hore stopped using his stepfather’s surname and instead reverted to his original family name, Grenell.

For a little while he used both names – John Hore Grenell – and he briefly included his birth father’s surname so that he was John Denver Grenell, but in the country music world that was just a little confusing.

My World, the third album from John Hore, released in late 1965
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.
Take Ten was a 1967 duet album with John Hore and Howard Morrison, rush recorded by Joe Brown to coincide with a tour.
John Hore, 1967
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
Miss NZ Tour 1965. From top left: Wez Taiaroa, Lou Clauson, Ian Saxon, Simon Mehana. Middle row: John Hore, Howard Morrison, Miss NZ 1965 Gay Phelps, Keri Northover. Front: Gary Wahrlich, Rim D. Paul. 
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rim D. Paul Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Backstage at the 25 Years of Television concert spectacular at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, 1985. Left to right: Hogsnort Rupert’s Alec Wishart, Dave Luther and Kevin Findlater, John Grenell and Billy T. James.
Photo credit: Miles Reay collection
John Hore's debut album from 1964
John Hore Grenell in 1988, from the back cover of Silver
John Hore's My Kind Of Home, from 1967
John Hore in the early 1970s
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
John Hore in Gisborne
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
John Hore joins the army, 1966
Photo credit: Redmer Yska Collection
John Grenell performing Rodney Crowell's Past Like A Mask on Dixie Chicken (1987)
John Hore's 1973 album The Mountains Of Home, was produced by Peter Posa and would be his last album for 15 years
John Hore in Gisborne, 1966
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
John Grenell on That's Country, March 1982
John Hore in the New Zealand TV Weekly, 8 January 1968.
Miss New Zealand in Gisborne, 1964
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
John Hore's New Zealand Songs, 1968
Streets of Laredo - 1985
The fifth John Hore album, Hit The Trail, released in 1966
John Hore Grenell’s Silver was released on Ode in 1988 to commemorate the singer’s 25th anniversary as a recording artist, but it sold poorly. When he had a No.1 hit with the Toyota jingle ‘Welcome To Our World’ two years later, the song was added and the LP barely repackaged and released as Welcome To Our World on CBS, faring much better.
Quin Tikis with Howard Morrison and John Hore
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rim D. Paul Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Joe Brown and John Hore in the USA, 1966. The interviewer at right is Bob Ferris, of Hollywood's KNX.CBS.
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News

Joe Brown



The Canterbury farm belonging to John Grenell and his wife Deirdre hosted the Whitecliffs Family Music Festival for many years.

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