Eliza Keil

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Eliza Keil
OriginWestern Samoa
Genrespop,
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1956– ?
LabelsViking Records, Salem Records, Philips Records, Family Records
Associated actsThe Keil Isles, Herma Keil, Olaf Keil, The Zodiacs, The Kavaliers, Freddie Keil, The Freddie Keil Five, Terry Dean

Samoan-born Eliza Keil started out singing with her brothers in the popular New Zealand rock & roll group the Keil Isles and would later become a solo artist in her own right with a string of TV appearances and a part in a film.

Career[edit]

1960s[edit]

Eliza Keil was the sister of Olaf, Herma, Rudolf and Klaus Keil. She was also the cousin of Freddie and Alphonso. In approximately a ten-year period she had at least five singles released as well as three albums from 1967 to 1973.

In 1966 she and brother Herma appeared in the film Don't Let It Get To You. This film also featured Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Howard Morrison.[1]

In or around 1967 she was a regular resident singer on Television New Zealand's "C'mon" show. She was on the touring spectacular of the show with her brother Herma. She was invited to guest on his farewell tour for New Zealand singing star Mr Lee Grant in 1968.[2]

1970s[edit]

In 1970, her album Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, which was arranged by Don Richardson was released on the Philips label.[3] It was reported that year in the March 28 edition of The New Zealand Herald that she and her seven-piece backing group were on a tour, doing a round of the Pacific Islands. She was to perform in Fiji, Western Samoa and American Samoa, doing stage shows and a hotel engagement.[4]

In later years she moved to the United States with her brothers and sisters.[5] Her parents were in the States and her move there in 1972 was partly to gain some overseas experience.[6]

Releases[edit]

45[edit]

LP[edit]

  • Live at Logan Park – Salem XP 5036 (1967)
  • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – Philips 633 4005 (1970)
  • Your Songs – Family FLY 200 (1973)[8]
Compilation appearances

Film and television appearances[edit]

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