Loxene Golden Disc

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The Loxene Golden Disc was an annual New Zealand music award. It ran from 1965 to 1972. It was superseded by the Recording Arts Talent Awards (RATA).


The award launched in 1965 and is the forerunner of the New Zealand Music Awards. It was created by the advertising agency of soap powder manufacturer Reckitt & Colman, with support from the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC), the New Zealand Federation of Phonographic Industries and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), with the awards named after Reckitt & Colman's anti-dandruff shampoo, Loxene.[1]

10 finalist songs (later 12) were selected annually by a panel, with the winner decided by a public vote. While initially only one prize was given, other awards were added, including categories for record cover, recording artist of the year, and a producer award. From 1970, two awards were given - one to a solo artist, the other to a group.

In 1965 and 1966 compilation LPs with tracks by annual finalists were released by Viking Records, with the 1970, 1971 and 1972 LPs released by EMI.[2][3]


The television broadcast of the 1972 show won the 1973 Feltex Award for Best Light Entertainment.[4]

Last Awards[edit]

The final Loxene Golden Disc awards were presented in 1972. In 1973 the New Zealand Federation of Phonographic Industry (later named the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand) created its own awards, the Recording Arts Talent Awards (RATA).[2][1]


Year Artist Song Award
1965 Ray Columbus & the Invaders "Till We Kissed" N/A
1966 Maria Dallas "Tumblin' Down"
1967 Mr Lee Grant "Thanks to You"
1968 Allison Durbin "I Have Loved me a Man"
1969 Shane "Saint Paul"
1970 Craig Scott "Let's Get a Little Sentimental" Solo
Hogsnort Rupert "Pretty Girl" Group
1971 Craig Scott "Smiley" Solo
Chapta "Say a Prayer" Group
1972 Suzanne "Sunshine Through a Prism" Solo
Creation "Carolina" Group


  1. ^ a b "Loxene Golden Disc Awards". NZ History online. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "New Zealand Music Awards". RIANZ. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Loxene Golden Disc Awards 1970". Amplifier. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "1973 Winners". Kiwi TV. Retrieved 6 November 2012.