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Chants R&B circa 1964 (King Bee)
Trevor Courtney (Drums)  Wees 'n Poohs, Jim Thomlin (Lead Guitar), Mike Rudd (Rhythm Guitar) and Peter Hansen (Bass)
The original line-up had included Compton Tothill (Bass) and Stan Major (Sax)
Peter Hansen was later replaced by Martin Forrer who was subsequently replaced by Neil Young prior to the group's move to Melbourne.


Chants R&B  —  Signatures
Compton Tothill (Bass), Trevor Courtney (Drums), Mike Rudd 9Guitar/Vocals/Harp), Jim Tomlin (Guitar), and Stan Major (Sax)

Chants R&B  —  later iteration of the group
Trevor Courtney, Jim Tomlin, Martin Forrer (Bass), Mike Rudd


The group were victorious in the Big Beat Dance Band Contest held in February 1965 in Canterbury Court, Christchurch.  Peter, Paul and The Pursuers were runners-up, with Timaru's Beat Unlimited in third place, and another Timaru band The Kor-Tels in 4th place out of the six finalists.


The Chants - Hansen, Rudd, Tomlin, and Courtney

Winning The Big Beat Dance Band Contest 1964


The Chants - on stage at The Stage Door (Poster)


On Stage at home at The Stage Door

On Stage at home at The Stage Door




The Chants at The Stage Door prior to moving over to Australia
Newspaper shot showing Mike Rudd and new bass player Neil Young

Another newspaper shot featuring Mike Rudd and Neil Young


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