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Holmes - Geoffrey Palmer with Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball Television (Excerpts) – 1989 News/Current Affairs

Holmes - Geoffrey Palmer with Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball

Television (Excerpts) – 1989 News/Current Affairs

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In this 1989 Holmes excerpt, visiting Brit jazz musicians Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball meet Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, a self-described “mediocre trumpeter”. The trio play ‘Tin Roof Blues’ in the PM’s office, before a circuit of the Beehive balcony. Unlike Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign-defining saxophone slot on The Arsenio Hall Show, the Kiwi leader’s jazzy side earned more sniggers than kudos — although the former law professor recalled the jam fondly in his memoir as one of the lighter moments of his Prime Ministerial tenure: “I loved it”.

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Now it's not widely known at all, but a very famous New Zealander has been known to pucker his lips for the old brass instrument.
– Paul Holmes