This four-part TVNZ series from 1986 surveyed the history of soul music, with a roll call of talented Kiwi performers belting out the genre's classics. In this first episode — presented by Dalvanius with Stevie Wonder braids — the focus is on the influential 60s soul music of New York label Atlantic Records. Singers include Bunny Walters, Debbie Harwood, The Yandall Sisters, Peter Morgan and more; Ardijah chime in with their contemporary soul hit ‘Your Love is Blind’. The series writer was Rip It Up music magazine co-founder Murray Cammick.
Tonight we’re checking out the sounds of New York. Just as it is a centre of innovation in black music today, with hip-hop and rap, in the 60s it was where new things were happening…– Dalvanius introduces the show