The second episode from this series about the history of pop music in New Zealand begins in June 1964 as four Liverpudlians touch down at Wellington Airport. Beatlemania heralded a golden era for bands; teens wanted to dance and venues sprung up in every Kiwi city. This episode includes gritty R&B influenced groups like Larry's Rebels, The La De Das and Christchurch's Chants R&B. Prime time TV music show C'Mon was hugely influential and became a launchpad for Kiwi acts like Shane, Mr Lee Grant and The Chicks. Songwriter Wayne Mason shares the creation story behind The Fourmyula's 1969 hit 'Nature'.
They played me this song 'Nature', out of about half a dozen. I said 'that's the one' and I remember Wayne Mason saying 'don't be daft. That's never going to be a hit'.– Music producer Peter Dawkins on hearing The Fourmyula's 1969 chart topper 'Nature' for the first time (near the end of this episode)
Visionary Film & TV
Clearances for online viewing made possible with funding from the NZ Lottery Grants Board and NZ On Air
Original programme made with funding from NZ On Air
AudioCulture profile of Mr Lee Grant (aka Bogdan Kominowski)
NZ History section on The Beatles touring New Zealand in 1964