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Take the Money and Run
by Bunny Walters
Bunny Walters (1953 to 2016) was a New Zealand singer and actor. Bunny Te Kokiri Miha Waahi Walters was born on May 31st 1953 in Katikati, North Island, New Zealand. Of 'Ngai Te Rangi' descent, he first took part in musical competition when coming up against Hato Paora singer Tui Fox during "Joe Brown's Search For Stars", which was held at the Rotorua Soundshell in 1969. With both of them singing very similar material, Fox eventually won the final, with Walters coming in second. His own first single, entitled "Just Out of Reach", was released in the same year, after which he brought out "It's Been Too Long" and "Can't Keep You Out of My Heart". He made his first television appearance on "Happen-Inn", a New Zealand pop music show, and after performing at "Expo '70" in Osaka, Japan, received contracts to record in that country, where he went on to gain considerable exposure. In 1971, he replaced Vaughan Lawrence as the resident singer on "Happen-Inn", and from 1972 to 1974 recorded the hits "Brandy" (No. 4 on the NZ Singles chart), "Take the Money and Run" (No. 2, and featured here), "Home Isn't Home Anymore" (No. 18) and "The Nearest Thing to Heaven" (No. 10 in 1974). In 1978, he recorded a 'promo' record for the New Zealand Labour Party entitled "To Be Free with Labour", of which the B-side was the similar "To Be Free". He also appeared in the 1978 film "Skin Deep", as well as an episode of the TV series "Shortland Street", and in 2013 was the featured artist in Episode 9 of "The Untold Stories of New Zealand Music History". Bunny Walters died after a short battle against illness in Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, on December 14th 2016, aged 63. Married and divorced three times, he is survived by his final partner Anne and their 6 children.
http://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/entertainment/iconic-maori-singer-bunny-walters-best-known-hit-brandy-dies-after-illness-battle
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Walters
Posted: 10th January 2017
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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