Story: Popular music

'Beneath the Māori moon', 1936

'Beneath the Māori moon', 1936

All Black George Nēpia's talents extended beyond the rugby field - he was also a musician and singer. His rendition of his cousin Walter Smith's song 'Beneath the Māori moon', recorded by British label Decca in 1936, was one of his major hits. Nēpia is pictured in the insert second from left in the back row.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-K-1057-COVER (Music Box SMI Ben 1950)

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Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - Recorded music, radio and dance music, 1900s to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014