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Newsview - Shona Laing profile

Television (Excerpts) – 1973

This NZBC profile finds singer/songwriter Shona Laing as a 17-year-old in the seventh form (now year 13) at Hutt Valley High, distracted from study by an impending music career. Laing had shot to national prominence with her performances on the Studio One talent show, had a hit with her Henry Fonda-inspired single '1905' and supported American singer Lobo. She is already a guarded interviewee while her school mates are unsure what to make of her success. Lobo is effusive in his praise and there are performances of '1905' and Roberta Flack's 'Killing Me Softly'.


It’s just that I had this crush on Henry Fonda and it was worrying me so I wrote a song about it. It’s my outlet. It’s not so much personal experience. It’s just feelings.
– Shona Laing (on writing ‘1905’)

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