The Shevelles

aka The Gaynotes

An all-woman Māori vocal group from Wellington, The Shevelles are best known for their 1968 hit single 'Beat The Clock'.

Lead singer Rangi Parker grew up in Porirua in the Latter Day Saints church community. She made an early start in local group The Family Four in the mid-1960s, and then joined The Four Ps who came second on John Maybury's Have A Shot radio talent quest. Then, as a trio – Parker, with Myra Wineera and Harriet “Toots” McAneney – they were known as The Gaynotes, who released one single on Kiwi Records (‘I Got Rhythm’) after which John Robinson of Philips Records signed them to the Polydor label in 1968 and suggested a name change to The Shevelles.

Rangi Parker - Everyday is Sunday
The Shevelles.
Photo credit: Barry Clothier
The Shevelles on Studio One's New Faces, 1968
Allison Durbin and John Rowles top the bill in a packed line up assembed by promoter Ken Cooper. Winter Show Buildings, Wellington, 28 February 1969. The fabulous 20-piece TV 'Come Dance' orchestra is flying into Auckland, and the Fiesta Time Dancers will give a floorshow spectacular. Plus Isobel Cowan, the Shevelles ... and Chic Littlewood. 
Photo credit: Ken Cooper Collection

Harriet Teraipine "Toots" McAnneny

Rangi Anewa Parker

Myra Ngauta Wineera





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