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Holmes - Johnny 'The Māori Cowboy' Cooper Television (Excerpts) – 1990 News/Current Affairs

Holmes - Johnny 'The Māori Cowboy' Cooper

Television (Excerpts) – 1990 News/Current Affairs

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In this short report for a 1990 edition of Holmes, Dylan Taite rocks back the clock to talk to New Zealand music pioneer Johnny Cooper. John Dix’s recently published history of NZ rock’n’roll Stranded in Paradise had resurrected interest in Cooper, the Wairoa-spawned singer who gained notice with a Bill Haley cover, then gave NZ its first homegrown rock’n’roll song with his tale of a Whanganui pie cart, 'Pie Cart Rock'n'Roll'. Aptly, Taite interviews Cooper at a Queen St cart where Cooper unslings his guitar once more: “Let’s rock and roll around the old pie cart!”

Today his 78s are as rare as a drop in interest rates.
– A classic Dylan Taite-ism