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Record ID 45485
Title MP crooner voted big success by audience
Source New Zealand herald, 26 October 1970
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 8 p 146
Abstract Top entertainers attended the Variety Artists' Convention ball in Auckland at which the "Benny" awards were presented for "outstanding achievements within New Zealand entertainment".
Subjects Benny Award; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Cheesman, Oswald Astley, (aka Ossie Cheesman), 1913-1985; Morrison, Howard Leslie, 1935-2009


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Record ID 47035
Title Benny award won by singer
Source New Zealand herald, 25 October 1971
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 9 p 121
Abstract Pat McMinn is this year's winner of the Variety Artists' Convention Benny award. Article mentions the origins of the award which is named after veteran entertainer Edgar Benyon, better known as the Great Benyon.
Subjects McMinn, Pat; Singers; Popular music; Entertainers; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Benny Award; Awards and honours; Benyon, Edgar


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Record ID 48670
Source New Zealand herald, 21 October 1972
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 10 p 45
Abstract Looking at the work of the Variety Artists' Convention which is winning increasing influence in the field of show business.
Subjects Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Benny Award; Benyon, Edgar; Greaves, Rusty, d.1998; Bartlett, Gray, 1942-; Clauson, Lou; Morrison, Howard Leslie, 1935-2009; Cheesman, Oswald Astley, (aka Ossie Cheesman), 1913-1985; McMinn, Pat


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Record ID 50048
Title Entertainers' entertainer
Source Auckland star, 22 October 1973
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 10 p 230
Abstract Ray Columbus is winner of this year's Benny Award.
Notes Includes portrait
Subjects Columbus, Ray, 1942-; Benny Award; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Andrews, Les; Greaves, Rusty, d.1998; Savage, Toni; Rielly, Jack; Rielly, Sylvia; Read, Jack; Morris, Cec; Woods, Alma; Hamilton County Bluegrass Band; Middlebrooke, Russell; Fuller, Mary, (nee Throll); Brown, Joe


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Record ID 51947
Title Is this award really necessary?
Source New Zealand herald, 19 October 1974
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 11 p 157
Abstract Lou Clauson doesn't believe that there are too many awards in the New Zealand entertainment industry and would not want any of the awards to be combined.
Subjects Entertainers; Awards and honours; Entertainer of the Year; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Benny Award; Scroll of Honour; Recorded Artists Talent Awards; National Entertainment and Ballroom Operators' Association


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Record ID 52004
Source New Zealand herald, 2 November 1974
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 11 p 168 (Nellie Wainwright)
Abstract Report from the annual ball Variety Artists' Convention with details of award winners. Eighty-seven-year-old Nelly Wainwright sang and received a Scroll of Honour for services to the entertainment industry. The entire company of the Victorian Music Hall were also Scroll winners.
Notes Includes portrait
Subjects Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Awards and honours; Entertainers; Benny Award; Scroll of Honour; Andrews, Les; Newberry, Peter; Wainwright, Nelly; Niccol, Mary Leo, (aka Sister Mary Leo), 1895-1989; Campbell, Joyce; McCarthy, John; Bradfield, Millie; McMinn, Pat; Sorenson, Terry


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Record ID 53957
Title Award to young performer
Source New Zealand herald, 28 October 1975
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 12 p 96
Abstract Mark Williams wins the 1975 Gold Microphone Award for the most professional entertainment performance of the year, and the Benny Award goes to Philip Warren. Names of recipients of merit awards.
Subjects Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Gold Microphone Award; Williams, Mark; Rock musicians; Warren, Philip Reece, 1938-2002; Promoters; Benny Award; Harrie, Nancy; Lee, Julian; Bendall, Edgar; Ridgeway, Charles; Horobin, Alan; Toogood, Selwyn; Poore, Francis Edward Graham, (aka Frank), 1906-1990


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Record ID 56938
Title Benny award for Cryer
Source New Zealand herald, 25 October 1977
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, volume 13 page 128
Abstract Max Cryer is this year's winner of the Benny Award. Details of other award winners at the New Zealand Variety Artists Convention.
Subjects Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Benny Award; Cryer, Max; Allen, Bridgette; Maybury, John; Tumahai, George; Thompson, Jack, 1907-1979


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Record ID 57777
Title Tumahi wins Benny
Source New Zealand herald, 24 October 1978
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 13 p 239
Abstract George Tumahai has won the Benny Award for services to the entertainment industry and Ray Woolf received the Golden Microphone Award for the most professional performer of the year. Details of winners of scrolls of merit.
Subjects Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Benny Award; Tumahai, George; Woolf, Ray, 1944-; BIll and Boyd (Vocal duo); Sinclair, Peter Charles, 1937-2001; Craig, Marcus, (aka Diamond Lil); Warwick, Bruce


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Record ID 58835
Title Littlewood wins award
Source New Zealand herald, 22 October 1979
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, volume 14 page 115
Abstract Chic Littlewood wins the Benny award and BIlly T. James the Professsional Performer of the Year award. Includes details of winners of scrolls of merit.
Notes Includes portrait of Chic Littlewood.
Subjects Littlewood, Chic, d.2015; Benny Award; James, Billy T., 1949-1991; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Evans, Peter; Trillo, Cliff; Trillo, Billy; Auckland Neophonic Jazz Orchestra; Linden, Don


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Record ID 60244
Title Trophies for talent
Source New Zealand herald, 26 October 1981
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 15 p 15
Abstract Marcus Craig wins the Benny award and the Golden Microphone award. He is the only performer to have won all three New Zealand Variety Artist Club awards. Includes names of scroll winners.
Notes Includes portrait.
Subjects Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Awards and honours; Entertainers; Benny Award; Golden Microphone Award; Craig, Marcus, (aka Diamond Lil); Uncle Albert's Orgasmic Orchestra; Doy, Carl; Pryme, Lew, 1944-1990; Ashton, Doug; Promoters


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Record ID 62742
Title Award for bloomin' good strummin'
Source New Zealand herald, 27 October 1986
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 16 p 81
Abstract Details of the awards presented by the Variety Artists Club. Johnny Bond is presented with a Benny Award. Grant Chilcott was voted most professional performer of the year and Annie Crummer the most promising star.
Notes Includes portrait of Johnny Bond.
Subjects Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Bond, Johnny; Benny Award; Toogood, Selwyn; De Pra, Silvio; Woods, Alma; Chilcott, Grant; Crummer, Annie


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Record ID 65999
Title Entertainer honoured
Source New Zealand herald, 30 October 1991
Location New Zealand music scrapbook - Central City Special Collections (NZ) 780.08 N51, v 17, p 279
Abstract Debbie Dorday receives the Benny award in recognition of her services to the entertainment industry.
Tommy Adderley receives the Shure Microphone award for the most professional performer of the year.
Subjects Dorday, Debbie; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Benny Award; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Shure Microphone Award; Adderley, Tommy Arthur, 1940-1993


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Record ID 74298
Source Southern leader, 21 April 1971
Location ARC Serial 072 ASK AT DESK,
Abstract Oswald Cheesman and Howard Morrision win 1970 Benny Awards.
Subjects Benny Award; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers; Awards and honours; Morrison, Howard Leslie, 1935-2009


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Record ID 77655
Source Auckland star, 24 October 1988
Location ARC Microfilm ASK AT DESK,
Abstract The Benny Award for the late Ricky May is accepted by his family.
Subjects Benny Award; Entertainers; Awards and honours; May, Ricky, d.1988


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Record ID 96772
Title Sad farewell to a true entertainer
Author Warr, Leanne
Source Western leader, 16 October 2007 page 5
Location West Auckland Research Centre (Waitakere Library)
Abstract Glen Eden resident Elaine Bracey, a popular actress and entertainer, has died after a short battle with cancer. She was born in 1934 in the Hokianga and moved to Auckland as a teenager where she attended Otahuhu College. She received a Benny Award from the Variety Artists Club in 2005
Notes Includes portrait.
Subjects Bracey, Elaine, 1934-2007; Benny Award; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand; Entertainers


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Record ID 98970
Title Ray keeps on rocking
Author Warr, Leanne
Source Western leader, 11 March 2008 p 1
Location West Auckland Research Centre (Waitakere Library)
Abstract Ray Woolf was born in England in 1944 and was big in New Zealand in the 1970s and 80s hosting his own television shows. Since then he's been in musical theatre, released an album, was the 2007 Benny Award winner and earlier this year was appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit. He is pictured here with Annie Whittle and an inset of him from his younger days.
Notes Includes portrait.
Subjects Woolf, Ray, 1944-; Whittle, Annie; Theatre; Benny Award; New Zealand Order of Merit (NZM); Television presenters


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Record ID 116919
Title Award a dream come true
Author Tischler, Monica
Source Western leader, 2 November 2012 page 4
Location West Auckland Research Centre (Waitakere Library)
Abstract Musician Marian Burns (pictured) was the 2012 Benny Award winner at the Variety Artist Awards of New Zealand.
Notes Includes portrait.
Subjects Benny Award; Burns, Marian, 1964-; Variety Artists Club of New Zealand
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