Morrison ,Howard: This was the Howard Morrison Quartet
2009 cd release of the first recordings by the Howard Morrison Quartet. The name was Eldred Stebbing’s idea as they had previously been touring as the Ohinemtu Quartet ,however Howard was the gregarious leader and frontman. The first album was recorded by Eldred in Kahu's (Howard’s Mums) living room on a Grundig tape recorder which Eldred still has! The Quartet recorded 4 numbers and an EP. The first release in 1958 was There's Only One of You /Big Man. This was the time of transition from 78 to 45rpm and so the recordings were released on both formats. Following this was a release of Roy Roger's There’s a Goldmine in the Sky which was sped up and retitled Hoki mai. Hoki Mai was the first big success for the band and remained a crowd pleaser for their entire careers.Stebbing kept up a steady stream of recording throughout the year, culminating in the recording of The Battle of Waikato which sold 40,000 singles.Harry M Miller then signed the Quartet to his La Gloria label and that was the end of the Stebbing association. 'This Was The Howard Morrison Quartet' contains 3 recordings of Kahu Morrison and a 1961 recording of Howard's older brother Laurie and his band the Del-Kings alongside all the Stebbing recordings.
1. the battle of the Waikato 2. po kare kare ana 3. there’s only one for you 4. short fat fanny 5. marama pai 6. little darlin’ 7. granada 8. hare ra e hine 9. tumbling tumble weeds 10. hoki mai 11. Hawaiian cowboy 12. glory of love 13. Marie 14. deep purple 15. big man 16. I gambled with love 17. Diana 18. on my word of honour 19. because of you 20. be mine tonight 21. goodbye baby 22. gum drop 23. you lied 24. blue shadows on the trail - Laurie Morrison with the Del-Kings 25. waiata poi - Kahu Morrison 26. home sweet home - Kahu Morrison 27. he wa wata - Kahu Morrison