Photos of Barry Millage, Ken Cooper, Mike Shackleton, Peter Hindmarsh, Neil Harrap, Andy Shackleton,
Jim McNaught, Rochelle Vinsen
From the Barry Millage Collection
From the Rochelle Vinsen Collection
From the Judy Girvan Collection
From the Peter Hindmarsh Collection
1961, source unknown)
For One Night
(THURSDAY) MAY 11th -- from 8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
at THE GLIDE RINK, Kilbirnie
Dancing to the Premiers!
It's a "Sock
Hop" -- the latest -- dancing in your old socks on the Glide Rink
Floor. Hear N.Z's Top Show Band -- "Tony And The
Initials" playing their Lever Hit Parade number F.B.I. (Kiwi Label)
A night of fun for all. High-class entertainment!
Popular request:- Ken Cooper’s Fabulous
“PREMIERS” of Hi-Fi club fame are returning to Karori on Saturday 5th
August (after the 2nd Rugby Test) for another night of revelry at the
Karori School Hall, Donald Street at 8pm.
Football Fans! Fun Lovers!
Friends! – after following a feast of Football by the fleet-footed flying
Frenchmen don’t forget to roll up to the brightest spot in Wellington and rock
your cares away.
Popular Prices5/- single
Fruity Fanta and Cooling Coke on sale.
SATURDAY 30th SEPT
YOUR HIFI CLUB PRESIDENT
5/- single 7/6 double
COCA-COLA ON SALE
Roll up friends. It's going to be the
BRIGHTEST DANCE EVER!!
LOCAL BOYS HIT THE HIGH SPOTS.
Eastern suburbs residents have reason to be particularly proud of four local
boys --- Neil Harrap, Peter Hindmarsh, and Mike and Andy Shackleton who,
together with pianist Barry Millage of Khandallah form what is perhaps the top
band in Wellington-The Premiers. Formed in March 1961 and managed by Ken
Cooper, the Premiers whose ages range from 16-21 years were all original members
of two other bands, The Swampdwellers and the Librettos bands, particularly
active in the Miramar and Seatoun areas.
The first big break for the boys came in April of last year when they backed
popular Maori singer Ted Bennett in the Naenae Boys’ Talent Quest. Ted
who won the quest, received an HMV recording contract enabling him to cut his
first bigselling disc, "Clap Your Hands" backed by "Wimoweh". It was the
Premiers who supplied the big band backing sound to this recording - a disc
which became almost the New Zealand equivalent of a Gold Disc. Following
the release of "Clap Your Hands" a wealth of engagements arose for the
band - appearances in Ted Bennett shows and with Des Britten and his
popular Hi-Fi club dances.
It was in July last that the band played to an audience of nearly 4,000 - the
occasion being the first large scale Hi-Fi Club dance at the Wellington Town
Hall with proceeds going to charity. Another highly successful event was
the Hi-Fi Club’s Otaki barbecue sponsored by the Catholic Schools in that area
at which the Premiers were the guest band. During the past year the
Premiers have been a familiar sight at Sunday afternoon youth clubs in the
Wellington district. Regular playing engagements were fulfilled at Lower
Hutt’s Capistrana (sic) Club and the Taita and Miramar youth clubs where in an
atmosphere of youthful friendliness the boys have left a deep impression.
Further big events in the past year were a November weekend spent in Dunedin as
guests of entertainer Joe Brown and a Christmas engagement playing to holiday
crowds at Paraparaumu Beach. In Dunedin, the boys received several encores
playing to a capacity audience in the Town Hall and were fortunate in having
their programme broadcast that same evening.
At Paraparaumu they again proved their popularity entertaining at St Patrick’s
Hall, The Blue Moon and Palm Grove. A rather novel event was their dance
held on the Paraparaumu skating rink—in the pouring rain! As for plans
this year….. There is to be a TV radio session in the near future, hopes of
new recordings and a New Zealand tour with one of the big shows later in the
year. Already the boys expect to be busier than ever filling their regular
round of youth clubs and dances. Let’s hope that the Premiers have
another very successful year ahead of them.
From the Andy Shackleton Collection
From the Colin Lock Collection
Wellington Town Hall 1961/62 - Ted
Thorpe, Neville Chamberlain, Mike Shackleton (in the background)
Wellington Town Hall 1961/62 - Des
Britten, Ken Cooper, Barry Millage (in the background)
Wellington Town Hall 1961/62 -
Ken Cooper (left background), Neil Harrap, Mike Shackleton, Peter Hindmarsh