Kōrero: Recording companies and studios

'Blue Smoke'

In lilting 3/4 time and with plaintive lap-steel guitar accompaniment, Pixie Williams' version of Ruru Karaitiana's 'Blue smoke' was the perfect choice to become the first wholly New Zealand sound recording. This is the label for that historic record, made in 1949 by the record label TANZA (To Assist New Zealand Artists). It proved an instant hit. It also sold widely overseas, and was later recorded by international stars such as Dean Martin.

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Western Bay Museum
Reference: Katikati Heritage Museum collection, IMG_2222.JPG

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Sound courtesy of Blue Smoke Records

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Mark Derby, 'Recording companies and studios - Birth of a recording industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/music/45088/blue-smoke (accessed 7 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Mark Derby, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014