Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dearly Departed Dude

Kiwi muso Ian Morris passed away this morning in Napier: police say there were no suspicious circumstances.
The 53-year-old was a founding member of the iconic Kiwi band Th' Dudes and worked as a producer and record engineer with many musicians during his career.
Morris, Peter Urlich and Dave Dobbyn were schoolmates at Sacred Heart College and all shared the dream of becoming musicians. After leaving school, Th' Dudes began rehearsing in the summer of 1975 and went on to have national and international success. Morris had a hand in penning many of the band's hits, including the party favourite Bliss, Right First Time and Walking in Light...

Morris left Th' Dudes in 1980 and continued to sing in Hawkes Bay in recent years. He also found success as a solo artist under the name Tex Pistol, with his cover of the Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders song The Game of Love topping the NZ charts in 1987.
A collaboration with his brother Rikki Morris on the song Nobody Else also reached No.1 in 1988.
In 2006 Th' Dudes reformed for a national tour: those lucky enough to see them will treasure those memories. He was married to Kim Willoughby, singer with When the Cat's Away.

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