Peter Collins and his Deaconaires

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Fire Devil

with Garner Wayne

Shortnin' Bread


One of the smallest Kiwi record labels in the early 60s must have been Universal.  The company's first release featured two instrumentals by Ashburton group Peter Collins and his Deaconaires, featuring Lead Guitarist Peter Collins along with Brian Deacon, Rhythm Guitar; Trevor Hawke, Bass Guitar; Noel Cameron, Drums and Adrienne Vincent piano, recorded their original compositions 'Diamond Lil' and 'Fire Devil' for release as Universal S500.  The group also provided backing for country singer Garner Wayne's disc debut on Universal S502.  Later in 1962 Peter Collins and his Deaconaires recorded 'Shortnin' Bread' and 'Tamiami' with Auckland Drummer Bob Milsom featuringat that stage.  Viking VS64 seems to mark the end of the group's recording career, and they split up in 1963.

These notes (enhanced) are by John Boyd, written for Cess Klop's Collector Records compilation  ’EARLY ROCK & ROLL FROM NEW ZEALAND’  Volumes 13/14 on CDCL 7759 A/B