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Debbie Harwood and Johnny Bongo

Debbie Harwood and Johnny Bongo (John Quigley, formerly of The Bongos) were members of early 80s Auckland band Big Sideways. Harwood then released two solo singles and won Most Promising Female Vocalist at the 1985 NZ Music Awards. The pair teamed up for what became a one-off studio project which yielded the single ‘Blue Water’. It won them Most Promising Group in 1987 (although they never actually performed live). Harwood went on to form the hugely successful When The Cat’s Away. Quigley is a member of Auckland acoustic jazz act Nairobi Trio.