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Bitter End
New Zealand

Years: 1965 - 1968
Styles: Garage Rock, Rhythm and Blues


Peter Raxworthy - Guitar
Alan Bateup - Drums
Peter Hall - Vocals
James Dwain - Rhythm guitar
Roger Knox - Bass Guitar


David Longmore - Guitar
Ben Kaika - Bass Guitar
Dave Orams - Keyboards
George Barris - Guitar
Glyn Mason - Lead guitar, Vocals
Bruno Lawrence - Drums
Noel Koskella - Bass Guitar

Biography Picture

   The Bitter End were active around New Zealand between 1965 and 1968. They were hugely popular in Dunedin, where their particular brand of R&B was much appreciated by the locals and they stayed there at one time for close to nine months.

     The original line-up for the group consisted of Peter Hall on vocals, Peter Raxworthy on lead guitar, James Dwain on rhythm guitar, Roger Knox on bass guitar and Alan Bateup on drums. James Dwain left to join Spyce Of Life and was replaced by Dave Longmore. Roger Knox was replaced by Ben Kaika, and Peter Raxworthy was replaced by George Barris. Glyn Mason joined the band to assist George as dual lead guitarist and vocalist. Dave Orams later joined the group, playing keyboards on the recording, before switching to bass when Ben Kaika left. When Dave Orams and George Barris left for the Underdogs, Noel Koskella from the Roadrunners stepped in on bass.

    George Barris, later of the Underdogs, Glyn Mason from the Roadrunners and Bruno Lawrence from Blerta were just some of the better known artists to pass through the band. Dave Orams had also been with the Breakaways and later the Underdogs. Ben Kaika had a stint with Sounds Unlimited and later joined the Joyful Crye, who took Australia by storm in the seventies as Compulsion. Peter Hall later became vocalist with Train, got into glam rock in the seventies and then played with Wellington band Trixx in the nineties.

    Only one single was recorded, this was in 1967 and was "Single Man"/"Too Much Monkey Business". Peter Hall was the vocalist on the original composition "Single Man".


Singles & EPs

Single Man (Aug, 1967)

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