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The Chicks: Teen Beat exclusive


The Chicks revealed their personal tastes in popular culture in the October 1966 edition of the Wellington pop magazine Teen Beat. 

Which Chick preferred boys who had money trees growing in their backyard? 

Full name

Judith Marie Donaldson (“Big Chick”)

Suzanne Joy Donaldson (“Baby Chick”)

Age, height and weight

Judy: 17 years, 5', 7½ stone

Suzy: 15 years, 4'11½", 6½ stone

Eyes

Judy: Green

Suzy: Blueish-grey

Likes

Judy: Writing, listening to records, all types of dancing, photography, correspondence, mod clothes, and all types of music.

Suzy: Playing records, singing, dancing, mod clothes, animals, and playing bass guitar.

Dislikes

Judy: Rude, sarcastic, or big-headed people.

Suzy: Microphones that won’t work, band boys with bad memories, and big-headed people.

The Chicks at The Top Hat, Napier, backed by Johnny and the Contacts, 23 October 1965

Favourite singers

Judy: Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, Cliff Richard and Dusty Springfield.

Suzy: Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, John D’Andrea, Petula Clark, and Mike Furber.

Favourite groups

Judy: The Troggs, Rolling Stones, Lovin’ Spoonful, the Mamas and Papas.

Suzy: Spencer Davis Group, the Young Giants, Normie Rowe and the Playboys.

Favourite actors

Judy: Jane Fonda, Doris Day, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter O’Toole, Ann-Margret, and Sandra Dee.

Suzy: Peter O’Toole, Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Peter Sellers, and David McCallum.

Favourite country and western singer

Judy: Ken Lemon

Suzy: – 

Favourite folk group

Judy: Peter, Paul and Mary.

Suzy: – 

Larry's Rebels (Nookie Stott second from left). - Grant Gillanders Collection

Favourite New Zealand artists

Judy: The La De Da’s, Allison Durbin, Ray Woolf, Larry’s Rebels, musical director Jimmie Sloggett, guitarist Doug Jerebine and Lee Grant (Mr).

Suzy: The La De Da’s, Larry’s Rebels, Doug Jerebine, Lee Grant, and Jimmie Sloggett.

Types of boys preferred

Judy: Boys with long hair that wear mod clothes, and boys that are polite and have good personalities, plus a good sense of humour.

Suzy: Accountants, long-haired boys, and boys that have money growing in their back yard.

Favourite TV programmes

Judy: Get Smart, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Peyton Place and any teenage pop shows.

Suzy: My Dog Precious, Get Smart, Peyton Place, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Favourite foods

Judy: Mushrooms, chicken and eggs (naturally!)

Suzy: Milk and eggs.

Favourite colours

Judy: Blue, green and orange.

Suzy: Pink.

Career ambition

Judy: To stay in showbiz for as long as possible, visit Aussie again, and to visit the States.

Suzy: Visit America to sing with the Young Giants and John D’Andrea.

Personal ambition 

Judy: To get the most out of my life as I can. 

Suzy: No time to think of such things!

The Chicks' 1966 album - cover photograph by Hubert Sieben.

LPs released

The Sound of The Chicks, The Chicks Second Album, The Chicks

EPs released

The Chicks, The Chicks Return, Heatwave

45s released

‘Heart of Stone’, ‘Hucklebuck’, ‘Java Jones’, ‘Be Bop A Lula’, ‘Tweedle Dee’

Mascots

Black and white kitten named “Nooky” after the drummer of Larry’s Rebels, and a large gonk named “Perjanik Junior” after Mike Perjanik.

TV appearances in New Zealand

On the Beatside, New Faces, 1965 Golden Disc Award Show, Swing Safari, Town and Around, and Come On! 

TV appearances in Australia

They appeared several times on Saturday Date (Sydney and Newcastle) and Kommotion (Melbourne).

They have toured with

Sandie Shaw, Pretty Things, Eden Kane (twice), P.J. Proby, Wayne Fontana, Dinah Lee, and many other New Zealand artists.

Murray Grindlay and Suzanne Donaldson of The Chicks, on the road. - Judy Donaldson collection

Manager

Mr. J.B. Donaldson

Fan Club Address

P.O. Box 5697, Wellesley Street, Auckland.

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