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The Ken Cooper archives Part 2


The second part of promoter Ken Cooper's image archive.

Part one is here.

The Ken Cooper photographs Part 2

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The Avengers and The Castaways (with Frankie Stevens) at Wellington Airport, 1969

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Andy Anderson (on the right) with The Missing Links, Sydney, 1965

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Peter Nelson and The Castaways on the Sydney TV show It's All happening, on Channel 7 in 1967.

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The Avengers being interviewed

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Ken Cooper with The Premiers. It must have been a warm night.

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Hutt Valley band Cellophane, winners of the 1969 NZ Battle Of The Bands. Ian Hewitson (left) became a celebrity TV chef in Melbourne.

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Auckland band The Layabouts recorded one single for Zodiac. On the left is Bruce Sontgen, later of Tom Thumb.

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Wellington band The Librettos

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HMV producer Nick Karavias

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The late Lew Pryme on an unknown TV show

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Auckland band The Merseymen being filmed for an unknown show. On the left is drummer Jett Rink, later known to the nation under his real name Dylan Taite.

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Christchurch's Dinah Lee, whose 1964 hits 'Do The Bluebeat' and 'Don't You Know Yokomo' were the biggest selling local singles of the year. She would go on to become a huge star in Australia where she still performs.

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The Avengers and The Top Shelf together in the latter's hometown, Whanganui, in 1968

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Christchurch's The Dave Miller Set, whose ‘Mr Guy Fawkes’ was an Australian smash hit in 1969

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Auckland band Harvest c.1972: Mike Harvey (rear), John McGuire (front), Lynn Williams and Jim Hall. Lynn is better known in recent years as Linn Lorkin while both Mike and Jim went on to have stellar careers as writers and producers. The band played at Barbara Doyle's Ranch House and at Tommy Adderly's Granny's in Durham lane.

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An early 1960s publicity shot for singer Jim McNaught

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Johnny McCormick was a stalwart of the Wellington scene, seen here with Sounds Unlimited. John still plays in Palmerston North.

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Rim D. Paul and The Quin Tikis in the early 1960s

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Former Christchurch band Retaliation with new lead singer Barry Leef (ex-The Simple Image). They would make a name for themselves on the Sydney club scene.

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Whanganui's The Top Shelf were the resident band at Ali Baba's in Cuba Street in 1968 and featured one of the great guitarists of the era, Kevin Furey, later of The Quincy Conserve (second from left)

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Wellington singer Rochelle Vinsen was a popular drawcard in the mid-1960s and recorded 8 singles for HMV

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Auckland duo Lou and Simon

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The Pleasers (not to be confused with the Australian PleaZers) were a mix of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians, albeit based in the capital. Amongst their number was Roger Skinner (later of The Motivation) and Max Thomson, a noted photographer in future decades.

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Christchurch band The Secrets with Gary Thain, later of UK band Uriah Heep, second from right

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Tom Thumb were one of the most highly rated bands in the Wellington live scene throughout their late 1960s career. They also had a reputation as the "bad boys" of the city's live circuit.

 
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