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Hogsnort Rupert

l-r Alec Wishart, Dave Luther, Billy Such, Ian Terry and Frank Boardman

Alec Wishart (percussion/vocals) Dave Luther (guitar/harmonica/vocals) Ian Terry (guitar/vocals) Frank Boardman (bass) Billy Such (Drums/Washboard) later: John Newton (bass) Graeme Brown (drums) John Reilly (guitar/vocals)

Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band, later shortened to simply "Hogsnort Rupert" was based around two ex-pat Brits Alec Wishart and Dave Luther who shared an interest in skiffle music. They first rose to prominence when they placed third in the 1969 Studio One New Faces competition on television. They had three big hits in 1970, the biggest of which, "Pretty Girl", netted them the Loxene Golden Disc award for that year. In June 1971 Hogsnort Rupert disbanded though there would be several reunions.

In 1983 Dave Luther had a #1 hit, Life Begins at Forty with one-hit wonders Dave and the Dynamos.



1969 When I Was Young/Maggie Maggie
1969 All Our Own Work/Photograph
1970 Gretel/Drink to Me Lads #11
1970 Pretty Girl/Your Tender Look - HMV HR 399 #1
1970 Aubrey/Lonesome Traveller - HMV HR 419 #7
1970 Aunty Alice (Bought Us This)/Something Old Something New - HMV HR 416
1971 Little Bird/I'm Coming Back to You - HMV HR 436
1971 Monday/Act Naturally
1971 Charlie Was a Good Man/Diggin' My Potatoes - HMV HR 450
1982 Tokyo rose/Hey Good Looking
1982 Don't Make Me/Little Ukelele


1969 All Our Own Work - HMV CDSM 6306
1970 Have A Hogsnort Rupert Summer - HMV HSDM 1004
1971 Ways of Making You Laugh - HMV HSDM 1016
1982 It's Hogsnort Rupert - Mardi Gras Records MG1
1999 Hypnotic
2001 The Very Best of Hogsnort Rupert - EMI


1973 Jelly Roll Revival (Alec Whishart) Taking Wine With Lil/Have A Cuppa Tea
1973 Society Jazzmen Grandad's Piano/Champs Elysees
1985 LP Something Old Something New 5 tracks

More Video Links

Pretty Girl (live 2010)
Pretty Girl (live 1985)
Pretty Girl (live)
Pretty Girl (NZ On Screen)
Aunty Alice (live 1985)
Dead Skunk
Donald Where's Your Trousers (live 1995)
What a Mouth
Worried Song (live 2010)
Mighty Man (live 2010)
San Francisco Bay (live 1995)
Oh What a Beauty
Morning Blues
Life Begins at Forty (and others)
Sunny Afternoon/In the Summertime Hypnotic (live 1999)

Audio Links

General Links

Hogsnort Rupert - Bruce Sergent's Hogsnort Rupert page
NZ Herald - Hogsnort Rupert turn 40 with Hawke's Bay gigs
New Zealand Folk Song - Pretty Girl
Stuff.co.nz - Porirua rocker reflects on 40 years of Hogsnort Rupert