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Bunny Walters

Bunny Walters (Miha Tekokiri Waahi) is a Maori entertainer from Katikati who had a string of hits in the early to mid 1970s. He was discovered at a talent show and signed to impact Records. In 1971 he became the resident singer on television's Happen-Inn. In 1978 he released "To Be Free" backed by "To Be Free With Labour" in support of the Labour Party.

After a period of alcohol and drugs Bunny cleaned up his act, got married and moved to Australia where he is involved with church groups and still performs on occasion.

Discography

Singles:

1969 Just Out Of Reach/Crying Time - Impact IR 1050
1970 It's Been Too Long/Thru The Eyes Of Love - Impact IR 1054
1971 Can't Keep You Out Of My Heart/ I Believe - Impact IR 1057
1971 Soft Rain/Danny Boy - Impact IR 1071
1972 Brandy/It's Mine - Impact IR 1073 #4
1972 Take The Money And Run/Kiss Her Three Times - Impact IR 1079 #2
1972 I Won't Be Sorry To See Suzanne Again/Who Could Be Loving You - Impact IR 1077
1973 Home Isn't Home Any More/Quando Quando Quando - Impact IR 1080 #18
1973 Helena/We'll Sing In The Sunshine - Impact IR 1082
1974 Nearest Thing To Heaven/Songs We Sang Together - Impact IR 1084 #10
1976 Never Too Young To Rock/Boogie Woogie Woman - Impact IR 1087
1978 To Be Free/To Be Free With Labour - PR 868
1978 Crazy/Help You Out - Impact IR 2000

Album:

1976 Sings for Lovers and Rockers - Impact IMPS 108

More Video Links

Home Isn't Home Any more
Soul Medley - 1986 television appearance
Please Come Home For Christmas - 1985 on television
Night And Day - 1986 with Mary Yandell
Rare Early Footage - 1967 Rotorua
Funky Chicken - live 1986
The Biggest Love - with Beaver Morrison
NZ On Screen - Maori Musicians

Audio Links

General Links

Wikipedia
Audio Culture
Elsewhere - Bunny Walters: To be Free with Labour - Graham Reid