Tony McCarthy Recordings

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Tony McCarthy Recordings
Founded1970 (c)
Country of origin New Zealand
Location New Zealand

Tony McCarthy Recordings was a New Zealand record label owned by record producer Tony McCarthy. Some of the artists on the label were Deane Waretini and Mahia Blackmore. The label is also a representation of the only released recordings by singer Abe Phillips who was killed in an accident in 1971.


Tony McCarthy

Tony McCarthy was a songwriter and record producer. [1] In 1972, McCarthy's composition "Tellabout" for singer Toni Williams was an APRA Silver Scroll nominated song. [2] In 1973, he was involved in a recording session with teenage singer David Curtis who had a top 20 hit in 1970 with "Wheel Of Fortune". [3] [4]

With Sonny Keepa, he composed "E Te Iwi E". [5] [6]


Mahia Blackmore

The first release on the label was by Mahia Blackmore. The A side "The Long Road" was written by Lambert & Porter. The B side "Need You" was written By Tony McCarthy, and both sides were produced by him as well. [7] [8] Blackmore would later be part of powerhouse, a band put together in the early 70s by guitarist Billy TK. [9] [10] In early 2012, she was fronting the Paradise band which was due to appear at the Flaxmere Family Festival. [11]

Abe Phillips

The Shadracks were a band from Hastings that were formed by Tom Greening in 1964. Abe Phillips joined in 1968 and as a result, the band experienced a boost. The line up then was Abe Phillips on vocals, Tom Greening on drums and vocals, Haromi Greening on vocals, Bill Prentice on tenor sax and rhythm guitar, Kepa Toa on lead guitar, Ricky Witoko on keyboards and sax, and Lambeth Bennett on bass guitar. In 1971, Tony McCarthy recorded Abe Phillips and the Shadracks in Wellington. In July 1971, Phillips left the group to concentrate on his solo career. Some time after that, he recorded "Don't Think You Remember Me" / "The Impossible Dream". [12] In November 1971, Phillips was the winner of the Schweppes talent contest. [13] He was on the verge of becoming internationally known, and it appeared he was headed for stardom. [14] [15]

On December 18, 1971, Phillips was coming back from a concert in Wellington and was killed in a head-on car collision. [16] [17] It was reported in the December 19 edition of the Sunday News , that the single, "Don't Think You Remember Me" / "The Impossible Dream" was selling well. [18] [19] [20] [21] Prince Tui Teka, and The Shadracks performed at his funeral. [22] Forty years after his death, Phillips and The Shadracks became the subject of a 30-minute tribute documentary by Dean Mardon. Phillips was also a cousin of jazz cabaret singer Bridgette Allen. [23]

Deane Waretini

Deane Waretini had two singles released on the label, "Trouble In My Life" bw ""The Long Road" and "Melody Butterfly" bw "Trouble in My Life. [24] [25] He would go on to have a No.1 hit in 1981 with "The Bridge". [26]

Kount 5 Plus 2

Kount 5 Plus 2 were a group consisting of five men and two women. They appeared on New Zealand's New Faces in the final heat of the variety competition. [27] Their single "Anybody There" was followed by "Tomorrow's Child". [28]

Tui Fox

Tui Fox aka Tui Hemana was a singer from Hato Paora who performed in both New Zealand and Fiji. He appeared on television during the 1970s. [29] When Fox was a young singer, he competed against an equally young Bunny Walters at Joe Brown's Search for Stars. The event was held at the Rotorua Soundshell in 1969. Fox won the final, and Walters came in second. [30] His single "You Can't Stop Love" bw "Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart" was released on the Joe Brown label around 1970. [31] "You Can't Stop Love" was one of nine songs listed among recordings by Bunny Walters, Stan White and Nash Chase as eligible for the Golden Disc Awards. [32] His single "Bounce Baby Bounce" bw "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" was released in 1974. [33] "Bounce Baby Bounce" by Fox appears on the Māori Showbands, Balladeers & Pop Stars various artists compilation. [34] [35]

Releases (selective)

ArtistTitleCatalogueYearNotes #
Mahia Blackmore "The Long Road" / "I Need You"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM1 [36]
Abe Phillips"Don't Think You Remember Me" / "The Impossible Dream"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM21971 [37] [38] [39]
Abe Phillips"Sing a Simple Song" / "United We Stand"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM31971 [40]
Deane Waretini "Trouble in My Life" / "The Long Road"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM41972 [41]
Mark Delacy"Think A Lot" / " Allison"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM 51972 [42]
Deane Waretini"Melody Butterfly" / "Trouble In My Life"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM 6 [43]
Kount 5 Plus 2"Anybody There" / "Tomorrow's Child"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM 71973 [44]
Tui Fox"Bounce Baby Bounce" / "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize"Tony McCarthy Recordings TM 101974 [45]

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  1. Hawkes Bay Today , Saturday Dec 17, 2011 The magic of Abe By Dave Turnbull and Roger Moroney
  2. Audio Culture, 30 Dec 2015 APRA Silver Scroll nominated songs 1965-1976
  3. National Library of New Zealand David Curtis, Tony McCarthy `Wales' with Bronnley Backing
  4. David Curtis
  5. National Library of New Zealand Waiata sung by members of the Ngati Koata Whanau
  6. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue → 45625 1983 Te puna wai kōrero series
  7. 45cat Record Details, Catalogue: TM 1
  8. National Library of New Zealand The long road (sound recording) / Lambert & Porter ; (performed by) Mahia Blackmore. I need you / T. McCarthy ; (performed by) Mahia Blackmore
  9. Ready to Fly by David Eggleton Page 47
  10. Ready to Fly by David Eggleton Page 141
  11. Scoop Independent News, Monday, 23 January 2012 Hunt begins for new talent for Flaxmere Festival
  12. Hawkes Bay Today , Saturday Dec 17, 2011 The magic of Abe By Dave Turnbull and Roger Moroney
  13. New Zealand Herald, 25 November 1971 Page 123, Winner of talent contest
  14. Hawke's Bay Today, Dec 17, 2011 Radio awards finalist on song with tribute By Roger Moroney
  15., Wednesday, 21 August 2013 Finalists announced for Waiata Maori Music Awards
  16. Artist Trove Abe Phillips & The Shadracks
  17. New Zealand Woman's Weekly, 17 January 1972 Page 71
  18. Sunday News , 19 December 1971 New singing star Abe dies in head-on crash. Abe's fans say "yes we'll remember"
  19. WorldCat Don't think you remember me, Abe Phillips; Tony McCarthy, musician
  20. Hawkes Bay Today , Saturday Dec 17, 2011 The magic of Abe By Dave Turnbull and Roger Moroney
  21. Artist Trove Abe Phillips & The Shadracks
  22. Te Ao Hou, The Maori Magazine, Number 71 Page 8 Abe Phillips
  23. News article, November 25th 1971 BIG ABE HEADS THEM By Judy McGregor
  24. Discogs Deane Waretini (2) – Trouble In My Life
  25. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue Catalogue → 20866 Melody Butterfly
  26. New Zealand Herald - Monday Mar 30, 2009 You must remember this, Deane Waretini - The Bridge - By Alan Perrott
  27. Man of Errors Laing – 1905
  28. Discogs Kount 5 Plus 2 – Anybody There
  29. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue → 40343, Wellington Māori Performances
  30. Audio Culture, 30 Jun 2014 Bunny Walters - still singing his heart out - Steven Shaw
  31. 45cat Tui Fox - Discography
  32. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue → 48698, Te reo o te Māori. 1969-08-31
  33. Discogs Tui Fox Discography
  34. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue → 51983, 45 - NTK Tony McCarthy Recordings
  35. WorldCat Waiata : Māori showbands, balladeers & pop stars.
  36. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision 45rpm - Catalogue → 51909, NTK Mahia Blackmore
  37. WorldCat Don't think you remember me, Abe Phillips; Tony McCarthy, musician
  38. Hawkes Bay Today , Saturday Dec 17, 2011 The magic of Abe By Dave Turnbull and Roger Moroney
  39. Artist Trove Abe Phillips & The Shadracks
  40. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue → 51886 45rpm - NTK Abe Phillips
  41. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue → 51934, 45rpm - NTK Deane Waretini
  42. Discogs Mark Delacy – Think A Lot
  43. The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Catalogue Catalogue → 20866 Melody Butterfly
  44. WorldCat Anybody there Tomorrow's child
  45. Discogs Tui Fox Discography