Rod Derrett

Rod Derrett was a schoolteacher by day and a nightclub owner and performer at night.

Derrett fine-tuned his unique and incisive brand of New Zealand humor during the mid fifties and early sixties in his hometown of Christchurch until he had quite a live following.

Rod Derrett
Rod Derrett, a versatile musician from Christchurch, was best known for musical satire in the early 1960s. His 1964 EP for HMV, Rugby, Racing and Beer, featured the title track and '6 O'Clock Swill'
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Rod Derrett plays up in Gisborne, 1962
Photo credit: Gisborne Photonews
The Chook Fowler Septet, Begg's Concert Chamber, Christchurch, 1960s: a Jazz Society Concert. From left: Ken McGrath, Harry Voice, Mike Gibbs, Stu Buchanan, Stuart Parsons, Rod Derrett, Martin Winiata. Obscured are Dave Easterbrook and Chook Fowler
Photo credit: Jo Jules collection




Rod Derrett arranged Howard Morrison’s funny Beatles’ parody ‘I Wanna Cut Your Hair’ in 1964.

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