||Walters ,Bunny: Very Best of
Updated Bunny Walters best of, released 2018
Bunny Walters was a Maori pop vocalist born in Katikati who announced his arrival on the pop charts in 1972, reaching number four with the powerful hit Brandy.
With the backing voices of The Yandall Sisters the single was in fact the fourth release from Bunny who had been discovered at a talent quest. His first single Just Out Of Reach crept into the top twenty in 1969 but the two follow-ups Itís Been Too Long (1970) and Canít Keep You Out Of My Heart (1970) all received airplay but failed to chart. Promoter and manager Benny Levin kept the faith and Brandy began a string of four successive chart hits over the next two years with Take The Money And Run reaching number two, remaining there for two weeks in October of í72. Home Isnít Home Anymore was released as the follow-up in February 1973,and reached number eighteen while Bunnyís last hit record Nearest Thing To Heaven peaked at number ten in August 1974.
It appeared he was set for along career being particularly popular on the provincial hotel circuit but like Larry Morris, Bunny fell foul of the drug squad (possession of cannabis) and was no longer offered TV exposure or work in cabarets and virtually disappeared overnight. With such a great voice it is really sad that his recording career was limited to only one album. He resurfaced in the eighties as the voice behind scores of advertising jingles and made a brief appearance in Shortland Street but unfortunately Bunny Walters with all his talent was never truly appreciated. This Very Best Of release covers his singles released on the Impact label and favourite tracks from his album.
2. The Nearest Thing to Heaven
3. Take The Money And Run
4. Home Isnít Home Anymore
5. (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
6. Weíll Sing In The Sunshine
7. Tower Of Strength
8. Girl, Youíll Be A Woman Soon
9. Looking Through The Eyes Of Love
10. Quando Quando Quando
11. Just Out Of Reach
12. Kiss Her Three Times
13. Who Could Be Loving You
15. I Wonít Be Sorry To See Suzanne Again
16. The Songs We Sang Together
17. Itís Been Too Long
19. Canít Keep You Out Of My Heart
20. Soft Rain
21. I Believe
22. Danny Boy