Toni Williams MNZM

Full Name:   Henry Anthony Williams
Groups:   The Housewarmers, Toni Williams and The Tremellos
Label(s):   La Gloria (22 singles EPs and LPs), Zodiac and Others (20)
TV Shows:   C'mon, Happen Inn, Six O'Clock Rock, Bandstand, In Melboune Tonight
Residencies:   Gandhi Hall, Trades Hall/Jive Centre, Orange Hall
Tours:   Bobby Rydell, Connie Francis, Jimmie Rogers, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnett, Gene McDaniels, Johnny Rae, Bobby Vinton, The Seekers, Del Shannon, Linda Scott, Gene Pitney
Shows:   Showtime Spectacular Nationwide (1960), Miss New Zealand Tours 1963 and 64), Porgy and Bess NZ/Australia 1966, Sir Howard Morrison Quartet (member) (1979-1995), A Knight and A Dame (2006), To Sir WIth Love (2009)
Highlights:   UNICEF Show Sydney 1968 (broadcast live worldwide), Porgy and Bess alongside Inia Te Wiata NZ/Australia 1965-66


Toni Williams  —  in his own words ...

I was born in the Cook Islands and I came to New Zealand at the age of 11.  My interest in the guitar and entertaining began while spending 13 months in hospital following a football injury.  In 1956 I formed a skiffle group called the Housewarmers, and then in 1958 the name was changed to Toni Williams and The Tremellos.  I played rhythm guitar and was the lead vocalist.  Residencies followed at Auckland's Rock 'n Roll Dance venue, and then under the management of Harry M. Miller, I toured New Zealand with local and overseas entertainers.  My record releases under the La Gloria label included 22 singles, EPs and LPs.  Further releases followed with several recording companies, these numbered 20.

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Toni Williams in concert at ROCKONZ 2007

In the Queen's Birthday Honours Awards
announced on Monday June 7th, 2010
Henry Anthony Williams was made a
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), for Services to Entertainment

In 2009 a special tribute concert was seen on TV One.  "To Sir With Love" was to highlight the life and works of Sir Howard Morrison, and to acknowledge his contribution to NZ Show Business over more than six decades.  It featured many leading New Zealand artists, including - Dame Malvina Major, John Rowles, Frankie Stevens, Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch, Ray Woolf, and Howard Morrison Jnr.

This great show saw Toni Williams reunited with his old chums in "The Howard Morrison Quartet", and it reflected on those early days of simple music, great humour and great friendship.  Tragically, Sir Howard and his partner in crime, Jerry Merito have subsequently passed on.

The DVD cover states ... "This show is unlike any show seen before, honouring a man who has done more than any other entertainer in New Zealand"

We know someone who runs a close second .....

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Toni Williams back with "The Howard Morrison Quartet"  —  To Sir With Love (TVNZ 2009)