Hogsnort Rupert

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Hogsnort Rupert are a New Zealand band. Originally formed in 1968 as Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band, they shortened their name after their second album in 1970. They are known for their light, humorous brand of music which produced several charting singles, including the number one hit Pretty Girl which also became the biggest selling single in New Zealand for 1970.

The two consistent band members had been; Alec Wishart (lead vocals, percussion) and Dave Luther (vocals, guitar, harmonica). Luther was also the composer of all their hit singles.

During their 'Original Flagon Band' period the other band members were; Ian Terry (vocals, guitar), Frank Boardman (bass) whose idea the band was, and Billy Such (drums).[1] However, those three left the band in 1970 and 'Hogsnort Rupert' then became a trio with a new member John Reilly (vocals, guitar). Reilly departed the band prior to the recording of their third album, which was recorded as a duo by mainstay members Wishart and Luther. During subsequent years and varying incarnations of the band, other 'Hogsnort Rupert' members have included; John Newton, Graham Brown, Neil Worboys, Kevin Findlater, Bernie Reber, Dean Ruscoe, and Graeme Luther. The band's manager in the early days was John MacGee.

Dave Luther subsequently became the founding member of the New Zealand band Dave and the Dynamos who had a number one hit in 1983 with "Life Begins at Forty". Luther was the 'Dave' in the band's name, and 'The Dynamos' were Kevin Findlater (bass) and Bernie Reber (drums).

Hogsnort Rupert went on to become one of the longest running bands in New Zealand music history.

In November 2010, the band celebrated their 40th anniversary, with a pair of live concerts held in Napier.[2]

Frank Boardman, the man credited with the idea for the band, died in Sussex, England, on 6 October 2015.[3]

Frontman and founding member, Alec Wishart (born Alexander Frederick Wishart, 20 June 1939)[4] died on 22 January 2016 at the age of 76 from lung cancer.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Format Label Catalog #
1969 All Our Own Work!
Attributed to: Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band
LP His Master's Voice CSDM 6306
1970 Have A Hogsnort Rupert Summer
Attributed to: Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band
LP
LP
His Master's Voice
World Record Club
HSDM 1004
SLZ 8359
1971 Ways of Making You Laugh LP His Master's Voice HSDM 1016
1974 A Portrait of Hogsnort Rupert
Compilation Album
LP Axis 2004
1982 It's Hogsnort Rupert LP
Cassette
Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras
MG 1
MG 1c
1985 Something Old, Something New
Compilation Album featuring 5 tracks by Hogsnort Rupert
LP
CD
Axis
EMI
180
4711092
1999 Hypnotic CD Crocodile CRO CD 291044
2001 The Very Best of Hogsnort Rupert
Compilation Album
CD EMI 5344602
2006 A Tribute To The Good Times CD Spitfire SPCD-22004
2010 A Touch of Hoggers (Celebrating 40 Years of Recording with Hogsnort Rupert)
Compilation Album
CD Mardi Gras MG 6

Extended Plays[edit]

Year EP Format Label Catalog #
1970 Have A Hogsnort Rupert Summer
(A-Side: Pretty Girl / Lonesome Traveller ~ B-Side: Gretel / Aubrey)
Attributed to: Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band
EP 45 His Master's Voice PRO.01

Singles[edit]

Year Single : A-Side / B-Side Format Label Catalog # NZ
Chart
Source Album
(Both sides from same album except where indicated)
1969 When I Was Young / Maggie Maggie
Attributed to: Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band
45 His Master's Voice HR.349 All Our Own Work!
All Our Own Work / Photograph
Attributed to: Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band
45 His Master's Voice HR.366
1970 Gretel / Drink To Me Lads
Attributed to: Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band
45 His Master's Voice HR.391 #11 Non-album Track / All Our Own Work!
Pretty Girl / Your Tender Look
Attributed to: Hogsnort Rupert's Original Flagon Band
45 His Master's Voice HR.399 #1 Have A Hogsnort Rupert Summer / Non-album Track
Aubrey / Lonesome Traveler 45 His Master's Voice HR.419 #5 Have A Hogsnort Rupert Summer / Non-album Track
1971 Aunty Alice (Brought Us This) / Something Old Something New 45 His Master's Voice HR.426 #8 Have A Hogsnort Rupert Summer
Little Bird / I'm Coming On Back To You 45 His Master's Voice HR.436 Non-album Tracks
Monday / Act Naturally 45 His Master's Voice HR.442 Ways of Making You Laugh / Non-album Track
Charlie Was A Good Man / Digging My Potatoes 45 His Master's Voice HR.450 Ways of Making You Laugh
1973 Taking Wine With Lil / Have A Cuppa Tea
Attributed to: Alec Wishart with Jelly Roll Revival (*)
45 His Master's Voice HR.494 Non-album Tracks
Grandad's Piano / Champs Elysees
Attributed to: Alec Wishart with The Society Jazzmen (A-Side) (*)
Attributed to: Alec Wishart with Jelly Roll Revival (B-Side) (*)
45 EMI HR.505
1981 Tokyo Rose / Hey Good Looking 45 Epic ES 695 It's Hogsnort Rupert
1982 Don't Make Me / Little Ukulele 45 Epic ES 732
1983 Life Begins At Forty / Diggin' My Potatoes
Attributed to: Dave and The Dynamos (*)
45 Mardi Gras MG 3 #1 Non-album Tracks
1984 Can't Spell Rhythm / Can't Spell Rhythm (Party Mix)
Attributed to: Dave and The Dynamos (*)
45 Mardi Gras MG 4
Holiday Song / Don't Make Me
Attributed to: Dave and The Dynamos (*)
45 Mardi Gras MG 5
  • Note: This Discography also includes acts associated to Hogsnort Rupert primary members; Alec Wishart and Dave Luther. Those entries are indicated with (*)

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