|Peter Collins and his Deaconaires|
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.
Lead guitarist Peter Collins along with Brian Deacon, guitar; Trevor Hawke, bass Noel Cameron, drums and Adrienne Vincent, 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' and that release on Viking VS64 seems to be the end of the group's recording career.
The above notes 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