November 12, 2019
Morrison living room session part of Stebbing legend
The co-author of a history of the Stebbing Recordings Studios, says the story of recording industry pioneer needed to be told.
Wired for Sound was launched last week at the studio in Auckland's Herne Bay attended by many New Zealand industry legends from in front of and behind the microphone.
Grant Gillanders says Eldred Stebbing and his wife Margaret started recording musicians in their Avondale home in the 1940s before moving operations closer to the city.
Màori artists were a major part of the roster from the early days, when the budding entrepreneur took his portable Grundig recorder to Rotorua to capture the Howard Morrison Quartet on tape.
"So his first sessions with the Howard Morrison Quartet were recorded in Howard's mother's lounge, Kahu's lounge, just the group around the microphone in the lounge and he recorded 12 songs which made up the basis of their first string of releases," Mr Gillanders says.
Wired for Sound by Grant Gillanders and Robyn Welsh is published by Bateman.
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