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Peter Paul Posa MNZM (8 August 1941 – 3 February 2019) was a New Zealand guitarist most famous for his instrumental The White Rabbit[1], which appeared at the top of the New Zealand and Australian charts in 1964. In 2012, White Rabbit The Very Best of Peter Posa went to the top of the New Zealand album charts, spending six weeks at the number-one spot.[2][3][4][5]

Peter Posa

Birth namePeter Paul Posa
Born(1941-08-08)8 August 1941
Died3 February 2019(2019-02-03) (aged 77)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Occupation(s)Entertainer
Years active1963–2019

In the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours, Posa was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to entertainment.[6][7][8] Posa died at Waikato Hospital on 3 February 2019 at the age of 77.[9]

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Early lifeEdit

Posa was born 8 August, 1941 to Paul and Millie in West Auckland, New Zealand.[4] Posa started learning the Ukelele at the age of seven and formed his first band when he was 18 years old.[10]

White RabbitEdit

In 1963, Posa released White Rabbit.[1]A guitar instrumental that when released as a single, sold 100,000 copies.[11]

Selected DiscographyEdit

  • 1961: String Along With Peter[12]
  • 1963: Tiki Tunes
  • 1963: The White Rabbit And Other Tunes For Playboys
  • 1964: Flying High
  • 1964: The Hitch-Hiker
  • 1964: The Mad Hatter
  • 1965: Guitar Sounds
  • 1965: Beat Guitar
  • 1965: The Sound Of Peter Posa
  • 1965: This Is Peter Posa
  • 1966: My Kind Of Pickin
  • 1967: Internationally Yours
  • 1970: Guitar Pops
  • 1973: Bill Wolfgramme And His Islanders (South Seas Guitars with Trevor Edmondson)[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Screen, NZ On. "Sunday - Peter Posa | Television | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  2. ^ "50 years on, Peter Posa's still on top". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Guitar hero: The resurrection of Peter Posa". 20 August 2012. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b Braunias, Steve (18 May 2018). "Steve Braunias on Peter Posa: the best and loneliest guitar player there ever was". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  5. ^ "The musical career of Peter Posa". Radio New Zealand. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2008". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Only the lonely". Otago Daily Times. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Peter Posa". www.sergent.com.au. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  9. ^ McConnell, Glenn (4 February 2019). "'The end of an era': legendary NZ guitarist Peter Posa dies, aged 77". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Tributes flow after death of Kiwi guitar 'icon' Peter Posa". 2019-02-04. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  11. ^ steve.braunias@nzherald.co.nz @SteveBraunias, Steve Braunias Senior Writer, NZ Herald (2018-05-18). "Steve Braunias on Peter Posa: The best and loneliest guitar player there ever was". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  12. ^ "Peter Posa". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  13. ^ "Bill Wolfgramm With His Islanders". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-04-08.

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