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Sir Howard Morrison birthday special


Good Morning will pay tribute to the late Sir Howard Morrison, with an encore screening of his 74th Birthday Special, held in August this year.

For viewers who missed it the first time, this is a chance to see the stage icon in one of his last performances. Sir Howard Morrison chose every guest himself - filling the studio with family, friends and fellow musicians.

A showcase of music and memories, the show includes performances by the Sir Howard Morrison Quartet and Carl Doy's seven-piece band. Ray Columbus; Russell Harrison; Elizabeth Marvelly; The Musical Island Boys; Rewa Ututaonga; soprano Timua Brennan; and Taisha from the LadyKillers, all line up to sing.

Good Morning host Sarah Bradley says: "The most memorable memento for me was the impromptu haka led by Sir Howard's son, Howard Junior, after we went off air. There was not a dry eye in the studio. We will include this performance in our Labour Day show."

Special guests include opera star Dame Malvina Major, long-serving quartet members Hori Bennett and Tony Williams, and an intimate interview with Sir Howard's whanau - including his wife Lady Kuia and children Donna, Richard and Howard Jr.

Good Morning producer Sally-Anne Kerr says, "To celebrate the late Sir Howard's 74th birthday, with a guest list of his choosing, was a wonderful privilege for all of us who were part of it."

Co-host Steve Gray agrees: "To see the joy on his face at watching the people he'd performed with and nurtured for years was a beautiful gift."

Complete with video flashbacks showcasing Sir Howard's 50-plus years in showbiz, it was a television birthday party like no other. Join Good Morning again in celebration of New Zealand's most legendary entertainer, from 9am on Labour Day, Monday 26 October.


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