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Don Wilson


Half of the proceeds of this single download will go to the Happy Feet appeal which will go towards ensuring the care and safe passage for Happy Feet and supporting the other work Wellington Zoo does with penguins.

I am an avid animal lover, and was engaged like most New Zealanders, with the extraordinary journey that Happy Feet had made to Pekapeka beach just up the road from me on the Kapiti coast. Suddenly, a few nights after he had arrived, this song began writing itself in my head - I couldn't stop it if I tried.
I quickly demo'd it in my home studio, and then took it to the brilliant Ross McDermott of Soundsgood studios in Paraparaumu, where we proceeded to put it down over the course of a few short sessions. We were accompanied by Errol Maffey, (of Nimlin Films) a renowned local film-maker who took footage of us recording the song. Later Errol filmed additional footage on location at Pekapeka Beach, and Wellington Zoo.
Many thanks to Ross and Errol and their amazing creativity, and all who encouraged me during the project.

Engineered by Ross McDermott

Don Wilson : Acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele, tambourine, vocals.
Ross McDermott : Bass, Slide guitar, programming.
Recorded at Soundsgood Studios, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand.

Don Wilson has been a professional musician based in the Wellington region of New Zealand for over thirty years. His early music career began in Upper Hutt with his first post school band Stacey Grove releasing a self penned single Please Mr Neighbour

The band evolved into the duo Ebony (top), Don Wilson and Stefan Brown. They released several singles and performed well in the “New Faces” and “Studio One” TV programs. Their song Big Norm topped the national sales charts and earned them a gold disc. (bottom) They also won the NZ Music award for ‘group of the year’ with the song, and received the last telegram to be sent by the Prime Minister Norman Kirk congratulating them in their win. They followed this with the release of an album.

Don formed the band The Heartbreakers (2nd top) which featured ex members of Ebony, Bulldogs All-Star Goodtime Band, and Tambourlaine. They toured extensively throughout New Zealand in the late seventies and had a very popular residency at the Cricketers Arms Tavern in Wellington. They released several singles including Just Like Romeo and Juliet which reached the national top twenty and was number one in Wellington among other places. They won a NZ Music award for their song Computer Man.

Don then formed the band The Romney Army in the early eighties which included ex Heartbreakers members, Simon Morris and Tony Hooper, ex Warratahs Wayne Mason and Clinton Brown and Paul Schrueder formally of the band Orange. They performed very successfully at the Romney Arms Tavern in Wellington and recorded an E.P. This band evolved into the duo Schreuder and Wilson. They played extensively around the Wellington and Palmerston North area and released their single Hey Mr Lange in 1985
(2nd bottom). They also recorded twenty tracks including the title track for the TV series ‘Peppermint Twist.’ They had a successful residency at the Thank God Its Friday bar in Wellington over this period.

Don turned solo in the early nineties and was resident entertainer at the Bond St Inn (latterly the Loaded Hog) in Wellington for five years where he built a substantial following. Since then he has performed continually around the greater Wellington area playing at concerts,clubs, bars, and also performing at weddings and private and corporate functions.

He recorded several songs for Radio New Zealand’s Profiling New Zealand Music programme, and a video of one of the tracks was filmed for Kapiti’s Saturn cable TV.

His first solo album Feel the power featuring all original songs was released in 1996, the album was mixed by award winning engineer/producer Nigel Stone.

He is currently working on a new album of original songs.