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Hi-Marks ,theBest of

The Hi-Marks comprised three brothers – Hayward, George, Ellington ‘Butch’ Ruka, and their nephew John Ruka. The leader and most experienced of the group was Butch Ruka.  Making his name as a solo performer, he toured with Allison Durbin, Johnny Devlin, Nash Chase and many other top artists of that era. His love for entertaining inspired him to unite with his brothers and nephew to form a quartet.  After many hours of practicing harmony; concentrating mainly on reviving songs by The Platters, Mills Brothers and their own traditional Maori music, the new Hi-Marks emerged.

In 1978 the group entered talent quests – always finishing with a placing. Still not satisfied with their music career and eager to move in new directions, they approached Cammy Hill, of Dudley-Hill Promotions after reading a write-up on her career as an entertainment agent in a city newspaper. Under her guidance, a floorshow was put together, choreographer organised, charts written and a sound system purchased. A show at last! Christmas saw them appearing in several cabarets around Auckland.  Appearances on television followed with spots on the Club Show and Telethon. Regretfully no footage remains of any of these live performances.

Cammy Hill introduced the group to Gary Daverne and Glyn Tucker of Mandrill Studios in 1979 and over the following 18 months they produced two albums, earning them Gold and Platinum awards.

This 2013 released collection represents the best tracks from those recording sessions, digitally re-mastered from the original master-tapes by Glyn Tucker, who had recorded the original sessions back in 1979/80.

Disc 1
Cab Driver
The Great Pretender
Hoki Mai/Pa Mai
My Girl
Only You
Amazing Grace
Twighlight Time
Be My Guest
You Send Me
Mona Lisa
Vaya Con Dios
Karu Karu
My Prayer
I Believe
Magic Touch

Disc 2
Love Me With All Of Your Heart
Pokarekare Ana
Angel Smile
Young Love
Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
Born Free
Quando Quando
Kia Ora
Little Sister
Everything's Fine
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Maybe I'm Dreaming
King Of The Road
Viva Las Vegas

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