Carol Davies Profile

Rosa Shiels
18 Jun 2020

In 1958 Carol Davies was a dark-haired Auckland beauty reminiscent of America’s Connie Francis. That she could also sing the current crop of hit parade songs by Francis and other female artists, really well, meant she was the whole package.

When Johnny Devlin, New Zealand’s first rock’n’roll star, hit stages around the country in the late-1950s backed by the Devils, he sent teenage hordes into a screaming frenzy with his ripped shirt and hip-swivelling ways. There was only one thing missing from his stage shows.

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Carol Davies - Sweet Nothin's (Festival, 1960)
Carol Davies - Sweet Nothin's
Carol Davies - Sweet Nothin's (Festival, 1960)
Carol Davies, February 1959.
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
Carol Davies EP, Prestige, 1959.
Photo credit: Chauncy Ardell collection
Carol Davies in Joy magazine, March 2, 1959 (read here).
Carol Davies - Wee Wee Willie (Philips, 1964)
Carol Davies with The Halo's - Teenage Kisses (Prestige, 1959)
"Thanks a million" - Carol Davies publicity photo. 
Back cover notes, Carol Davies EP, Prestige, 1959.
Photo credit: Chauncy Ardell collection
Carol Davies on the Johnny Devlin national tour, 1959. 
Record label from Carol Davies with the Halos EP, Prestige, 1959.
Carol Davies with instrumental accompaniment by the Band-Its - Little Bit (Festival)
Carol Davies and Johnny Devlin on the cover of Joy magazine, March 2, 1959.
Carol Davies on stage: she could belt it out with the best of them or sing a smooth, tender ballad.
Photo credit: Roger Watkins collection
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