Bunny Walters

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Bunny Walters
Origin Katikati, New Zealand
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1972-1978
Labels Impact Records

Bunny Walters is a New Zealand singer from Katikati who had a number of New Zealand hits during the 1970s. He is best known for the hits "Brandy", "Take The Money And Run" and "Nearest Thing to Heaven".

Background[edit]

Bunny Walters was born in Katikati, in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand, and went to school in the area.[1]

Walters' first album, titled "Just Out Of Reach" was released in 1969. He then came out with "It's Been Too Long" and "Can't Keep You Out of My Heart.".[2]

Walters made his first television appearance on Happen-Inn, a New Zealand television show.[3] He performed at Expo 70, received contracts to return to Japan, and had considerable exposure. The New Zealand Herald reported that he may have also appeared on the Rolf Harris show in London.[4] In 1971 he succeeded Vaughn Lawrence as the resident singer on Happen-Inn. [5]

From 1972 to 1974 he produced the hits "Brandy," "Take The Money And Run," "Home Isn't Home Anymore," and finally "The Nearest Thing To Heaven". [6]

In 1978 Walters recorded a promotional record for the New Zealand Labour Party. The single was titled "To Be Free With Labour" which was the B side of a song titled "To Be Free", written by Robinson-Bretnall.[7]

Walters appeared in the 1978 film Skin Deep [8] and an episode of Shortland Street [9]

In 2013, Walters was the subject in episode 9 of The Untold Stories Of New Zealand Music History, Bunny Walters[10]

Releases[edit]

Single[edit]

  • Brandy / It's Mine, Impact IR 1073, 1972 [11]
  • Helena / We'll Sing In The Sunshine, Impact IR 1082, 1973 [12]
  • Take The Money And Run / Kiss Her Three Times, Impact IR 1079, 1973 [13]
  • Nearest Thing To Heaven / Songs We Sang Together, Impact IR 1084, 1974 [14]
  • Never To Young To Rock / Boogie Woogie Woman, Impact IR 1087, 1976 [15]
  • To Be Free / To Be Free With Labour, PR 868, 1978 [16]
  • Crazy / Help Me Out, Impact IR 2000, 1978 [17]

Album[edit]

  • Bunny Walters Sings For Lovers And Rockers, Impact IMPS 108[18]

Compilations[edit]

  • Various Artists Kiwi Classics, Vol. 2 - 1996 [19]

References[edit]