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Ricky May Special

Television (Full Length) – 1983

Onehunga born jazz and cabaret singer Ricky May hosts his own New Zealand TV special, after 20 years of performing in Sydney. With help from special guests including Norman Erskine, Susan Dalzell and Jamie Rigg, May and company turn in polished big band versions of standards including ‘Running Bear’, ‘Hit The Road Jack’ and ‘Mack the Knife’. The show is long on music and short on patter, but May does talk about how he explains his Māori heritage to overseas audiences. He acknowledges those origins with a medley of ‘Pokarekare Ana’ and ‘Hoki Mai’. Ricky May died in June 1988.

Key Cast & Crew

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Tony Baker

Musical Director

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Rob Gillies


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Selwyn Feary


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Ricky May


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Jeff Bennet

Producer, Director

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Graeme Henderson


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Band members include Mike Walker (piano), Billy Kristian (bass guitar), Tuhi Timoti (guitar), Billy Nuku (drums), Brian Smith (saxophone), Murray Tanner (trumpet), Merv Thomas (trombone), Pete O'Gara (trombone)