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Top Ten Tunes

Temuera Morrison


Ladies and Gentlemen! At last, after about five years of procrastination and general silly-shally -- out of the blue, this week's DJ, our pal and colleague -- man of few words (clearly), that great actor, and lately star of his OWN reality show, The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison (pretty brill actually), star of many movies including of course the iconic Once Were Warriors as Jake the Muss, Vertical Limits, Star Wars and many more. From a very distinguished and famous family of performers and entertainers, Tem is a musician in his own right as well as nephew of the great Sir Howard Morrison, king of kapa haka and prominent member of Te Arawa, worked with the Prop on The Piano where he was critical in keeping us all in good heart, a true NZ/Aotearoa National Treasure. On his Facebook page he describes himself simply as "a loveable chap," and, well, that's true. Dayglo Denizens! A big cheer for the one and only, the great TEMUERA MORRISON!

Tena Koe! Haere Mai Tem!

Ok brother here's my top ten.

  1. Rainy Night in Georgia - Brooke Benton.

    Growing up I would listen to my dads collection of vinyls englebert Tom jones dean martin Brooke's voice had a. Rich timbre, very deep at times - he was my favorite.

  2. Imagine - Randy Crawford

    There's a great album live at Montreux featuring the Yellow Yackets Randy's Song. On this album she's singing live she has the audience in the palm of her hand

  3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

    Nothing could be better listening to this song when I was a teenager (along with Uriah Heap) than me and my mate Eddie would go take our guitars down to the lake edge and play our guitars into the night

  4. Rain - Uriah Heap

    Ken Hensley's voice in Rain is just so real - emotion and raw wicked.

  5. This Masquerade - George Benson

    Benson came on the scene with that great album Breezin'. Us boys in Vegas took a shine to George's smooth style: clean fast guitar licks plus the way he sang alone while he was picking, of course.

  6. Still Got the Blues for You - Gary Moore

    Words can't describe with his unique guitar sound where one note means more than many.

  7. And I'm Telling You - Jennifer Holliday

    One of the most powerful songs ever performed was Jennifer Holiday's performance in Dream Girls.

  8. Home Sweet Home - Kahu Morrison (Webmaster's note: I can't find this on YouTube, but you can listen to part of it)

    I remember being on stage with my grandmother while she sang Home Sweet Home to a standing ovation, it would give me the goosebumps every time. Then she would whisper to me, "Aue, the pain of it," as the crowd was clapping like crazy. There was silence in the crowd when she sang so you knew the voice was cutting it, man she could sing, sing high like a bird!

  9. Just You 'n' Me - Chicago

    Chicago -- great band, big brass sound, whole new era, big voice, big sound...

Thanks Tem. You rock my friend! Mauri ora! Kia kaha e hoa!

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