Johnny Devlin

Johnny Devlin

About the Artist

NZ Rock 'n' Roll hit the country in the 50's when Jonny Cooper and the Range Riders cut the first ever NZ rock 'n' roll single (he was also reputedly the first to record Bill Hayley's 'Rock Around the Clock' outside the USA).

But it was with the arrival of leg swinging, former champion body builder, Johnny Devlin, the 'satin satan', that the genre took over the charts, minds and culture of young NZ.

In 1958 Wanganui's own Elvis recorded 'Lawdy Lawdy Miss Clawdy' which topped the charts selling 100,000 copies without ever being played on radio.

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How Would 'Ya Be

Raetihi born Johnny Devlin was a New Zealand rock 'n roll legend in the late 50s, heavily inspired by the Elvis Presley phenomenon.

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