The 10th Commonwealth Games, held in Christchurch in January 1974, was an odd coupling of 1970s cosmic harmony and cut-throat competition. The song that caught the mood of this was Steve Allen’s ‘Join together’.
Tex Morton was a Kiwi country and western singer, also known as the ‘Yodelling Boundary Rider’. A prolific songwriter and recorder, as well as hypnotist and whip-cracker, his pioneering style eventually led him to Hollywood, and the Australasian Country Music Awards Hands of Fame.
Newspapers and magazines were largely positive in their reporting of the 1973 Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival, although those of a tabloidbent tended to focus on the nudity rather than the festival itself.