Story: Popular music

'Down the hall on Saturday night'

'Down the hall on Saturday night'

Peter Cape's song 'Down the hall on Saturday night' (first recorded in 1960) immortalised the 1950s social tradition of dancing in the local hall on a Saturday night (pictured). Along with Cape's song 'Taumarunui', 'Down the hall' became a New Zealand folk icon. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (Inc) (PAColl-4952)
Reference: PAColl-4952-06-001

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How to cite this page:

Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - New recordings and genres, early 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42633/down-the-hall-on-saturday-night (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014