||Various Artists: Pohutukawas & Pavlova
Sixty years of New Zealand Christmas songs from the 1940s through to 2012!
Many of our leading performers from decades past have recorded Christmas songs. These 33 tracks have been selected to represent each decade that makes up this essential Kiwiana time capsule.
The accompanying twelve page booklet snapshots a year from each decade and highlights key events happening at the time, as well as top selling presents from that decade.
1. Pixie Williams - Best Wishes (1949) Pixie’s follow up to Blue Smoke.
2. Aileen Keyes - It’s A Marshmellow World (1951) Western swing treatment.
3. Pat McMinn - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (1954) Pat also recorded Opo the Crazy Dolphin.
4. Daphne Walker & Bill Wolfgramm - New Zealand’s Christmas Tree (1956)
5. The Howard Morrison Quartet - Christmas (1960)
6. The Q-Tees - Silent Night (1961) In doo wop style.
7. Julie Nelson - Sticky Beak the Kiwi (1962) One of the biggest local hits of 1962.
8. Paul Walden - A Penny Christmas Card (1965) A perennial favourite from 1965.
9. John Hore & Paul Walden - Gonna Ring Santa In the Morning (1966) A plea from a young boy to Santa who-has given his dad his new train set and now dad won’t give it back..
10. Larrys Rebels - Deck the Halls (1967) New Zealand’s top group of 1967.
11. Dallas Four - White Christmas (1969) An up tempo Frankie Valli styled arrangement.
12. The Fourmyula - Mummy Told Me (1968) A track from their second album.
13. The Avengers - Fan Club Xmas (1968) A bit of fun from one of New Zealand’s top groups at the time.
14. The Neketini Brass - Jingle Bells (1969) Our very own Tijiuana Brass styled band.
15. The Footsteps - Christmas Time (1973) A big hit in Christchurch.
16. Dalvanius &The Fascinations - Christmas Tears (1973) A powerful performance from one of our best.
17. Fred Dagg - Star of Wonder
18. Split Enz - Merry Christmas fron Split Enz Fan Club Record (1982)
19. Billy T James - A Maori Christmas ( first time on CD)
20. Roslynn Mahe (aged 9)- Telephone Mr Santa Claus (1983)
21. Pacific Highway - Summer Christmas (85) Kiwi reggae track
22. Missy Teka - Haere Mai Koutou (Come All Ye Faithfull) (1985) A stunning up tempo version in te reo (Maori).
23. Billy T James - When A Child Is Born (1985)
24. Ricky May - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1986)
25. John Rowles - Chistmas Around the World (1989) John travels the world...In song.
26. Tom Sharplin & Shane - Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas
27. Stars of C’mon 68 (Suzanne, Larry Morris, Shane & Ray Columbus) - I Saw Mummy Kissing 92 ,Suzanne on lead vocal.
28. Howard Morrison - Jingle Bell Rock
29. Chris Jones - A New Zealand Xmas (1998)
30. Dennis Marsh - A New Zealand Christmas (2001)
31. Justin Brown’s Myth - Silent Night (sheep version) (2010)
32. Deane Waretini - Merry Christmas (2011) A big ballad from Deane.
33. Buzzy Bee & Friends - Sharing Christmas together(2012) A brand new track from a kiwi icon