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The Howard Morrison Quartet

The Howard Morrison Quartet

Howard Morrison (left), from a musical Rotorua family, formed his quartet with Gerry Merito, Wi Wharekura and Noel Kingi in 1956. The group’s recordings made them popular throughout New Zealand, and made Morrison a household name. ‘The Battle of Waikato’ (1959), their parody of ‘The Battle of New Orleans’, became one of their biggest hits. The quartet disbanded in 1965, but Morrison remained prominent in the worlds of music and entertainment until his death in 2009.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau region - An adaptable Māori culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/15197/the-howard-morrison-quartet (accessed 23 March 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015