Pixie Williams, also known as Pixie Costello, and best known as the singer of Blue Smoke, has died.
The song, written by Ruru Karaitiana and sung by Ms Costello, marked the beginning of the New Zealand recording industry, being the first record to be wholly produced in the country.
Chris Bourke, author of Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music, says the song is important.
“There’s always been music in New Zealand. What the significance of Blue Smoke is it’s the start of an industry where there’s a local record label putting out local records by local artists and written by locals as well. Blue Smoke really got things rolling.” . . .