Larry's Rebels

aka The Rebels

Larry’s Rebels were New Zealand’s Animals. Our Paul Revere and the Raiders. The top notch local pop band with bluesy bite, who released a handful of vital discs, and for a brief few years were all over the media, the charts and the nation’s bedroom walls.

The Rebels were Auckland’s first great homegrown pop band of the modern pop era; hard working and electrifying live. Their cover versions nipped at the heels of the originals.

The Rebels, post Larry: John Williams, Mal Logan, Nooky Stott, Glyn Mason and Viv McCarthy
Let's Think Of Something
The Rebels, post Larry: Glyn Mason, John Williams, Viv McCarthy, Nooky Stott and Mal Logan
Live at The Top 20, mid 1960s
Photo credit: Barbara Fraser Collection
Larry the showman - taken at the Moomba Music Festival, Victoria, in 1968. From left: Viv McCarthy, Dennis “Nooky” Stott, Larry Morris, Terry Rouse and John Williams.
Larry's Rebels in Playdate magazine, 1967
The 2015 A Study In Colour vinyl compilation, released for Record Store Day, April 2015
The Rebels, post Larry: Mal Logan, John Williams, Glyn Mason, Nooky Stott and Viv McCarthy
Everybody's Girl
Painter Man
The 1966 Impact tour dates and lineup. Package tours were a big feature of the 1960s and Gerry Merito had already toured with quite a number. Benny Levin was an old hand at these big shows by the time he and Russell Clark launched their Impact label, so it made perfect sense to send out all the bands on the label together.
Video of Larry's Rebels, live 17 December, 1968 (No Sound)
Larry's Rebels, 1967: Larry Morris, Viv McCarthy, Nooky Stott, John Wiliams and Terry Rouse
Larry Morris solo at The Top Hat, Napier, circa 1970
Photo credit: Gordon Wong collection
Larry saves Miss South Pacific - it was later admitted it was a publicity stunt
Larry's Rebels at the Top 20.
Photo credit: Kurt Shanks collection
Larry Morris
Larry Morris, Playdate November 1969
Larry's Rebels outside Auckland Museum in 1967: Larry Morris, Nooky Stott, Terry Rouse, John Williams and Viv McCarthy
Larry Morris at The Top Hat, Napier, post Rebels, backed by Gordon Wong
John Williams at Auckland's Top 20 club, circa 1967. Nooky Stott is behind him.
Photo credit: Larry Morris collection
An unused shot of Larry's Rebels from the same photoshoot as the Christmas EP.
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Baker
Larry's Rebels signing autographs with a very young crowd, venue unknown
Photo credit: Phil Warren Collection
2013 reissue of both Larry's Rebels/The Rebels albums
I Feel Good
Larry's Rebels 1965
Photo credit: Barbara Fraser Collection
Larry's Rebels 
Larry's Rebels go to church
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
Larry's Rebels at the Top 20
Photo credit: Kurt Shanks collection
Larry's Rebels onstage in at the Moomba Music Festival, Victoria, in 1968
An extraordinary meeting of 60s pop talent. Taken in 1966 on the Tom Jones tour (promoted by Phil Warren):(front) Lew Pryme, Larry Morris, (rear) Ray Columbus and Tom Jones.
Larry Morris and Tommy Adderley
Larry's Rebels in Gisborne, 1966
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
1968 Impact publicity shot. Another photo from the same photo shoot was used on the cover of the Christmas EP.
Photo credit: Ian Baker

John Williams - guitar

Dennis “Nooky” Stott - drums

Terry Rouse - keyboards

Larry Morris - vocals

Viv McCarthy - bass

Glyn Mason - vocals

Mal Logan - keyboards


Larry’s Rebels’ hit Let’s Think of Something was written by New Zealander Roger Skinner and won the APRA Silver Scroll Award in 1967.

A Study in Black was so named because the label would not pay for a colour photograph of the band for the front sleeve.

Larry’s Rebels were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame | Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa in 2020. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.



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