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The Others
Peter Dawkins (Drums), Gordon Bennett (Bass), Bill Te Ngahue (Rhythm Guitar) and Dave Chapman (Lead Guitar).

A trip to the North Island for Peter Dawkins brought forth some new ideas for his first attempt as a leader of his own group.  He enlisted the help of several well known musicians and finally chose three Christchurch bandsmen to form The Others.  Peter is believed to be the first drummer in New Zealand to use two bass drums, in a black pearl Rodgers kit.  With a resident night spot in the offing, Peter had hopes to make the set pay for itself, but the bass guitarist in his then current group The Falcons went back to his place of birth, and the rhythm and lead guitarists joined The Castaways leaving Peter out of work.  The drummer boy teamed up with The Strangers, but this second group disbanded, so with dogged determination he set out to select the three talented lads (pictured above) to team up with him.

 
     


 

From an "On The Beat" article published
in The Christchurch Star - 1964



A new group to take it's place in New Zealand's world of pop is Peter Dawkin's own combination, The Others.  The group made a hit recently when they played, together with Les Street and The Alleys, at the Temuka Citizen's Hall, about twelve miles outside Timaru, to a capacity crowd.  This distinctive rockin' blues group has come up with a sound all it's own and will almost certainly become well-known in Christchurch.  Peter Dawkins, the leader of the group, was formerly of the now-disbanded Strangers.  Originally from Timaru, he played for several groups, but was not satisfied with playing at small dances so he joined The Falcons, at that time Timaru's top group, and travelled with the band to Christchurch.  Once in this city the group found work was not as plentiful as they had imagined and eventually broke up.

 
 

Dave Chapman, Gordon Bennett , Peter Dawkins and Robbie Carpenter


Robbie Carpenter playing his Burns Marvin

 
 

Gordon Bennett, Robbie Carpenter, Paul Muggleston, Peter Dawkins and Dave Chapman


Ian Robbins and Robbie Carpenter

 
 

The Others are seen above left as Christchurch support act for the Tom Jones Show in 1965, with Paul Muggleston as lead vocalist (Paul was at that time still in The Secrets).  Shortly after this Gordon Bennett and Robbie Carpenter departed, and Gary Thain joined the group on bass.  The departures and the subsequent amalgamation of the The Secrets and The Others occurred immediately prior to the resultant Me and the Others leaving for the UK and Germany.  The pic to the right features vocalist Ian Robbins with Robbie Carpenter in the background on his Burns Marvin guitar