Those of a certain age will remember Ray Woolf from the days of TV shows, Happen Inn and C'mon when a variety of singers would entertain us for the evening.
Ray Woolf grew up in Dagenham near London and played in bands from the age of 13yrs. When his family emigrated to New Zealand, Ray continued to further his musical career. His band, Ray Woolf and the Avengers had one single that was nominated for a Loxene Golden Disc Award.
Over the 60s and 70s, variety shows were popular on TV and because Ray's style was so versatile, he was a popular feature in many of them. In the 70s he moved on to presenting the show, Happen Inn alongside singer Suzanne Lynch (of The Chicks fame at the time).
In 1979, Ray had his own show, The Ray Woolf Show where he sang, interviewed stars and showed clips from around NZ. Along with Howard Morrison, he promoted Bic pens, razers and lighters.
One of the BIC adverts
By now Ray had moved into acting and has acted in several films and TV productions, including Peter Jackson's King Kong, Shortland Street, Something Trivial and various parts in Hercules.
In 2007 Woolf was awarded with a Benny, the supreme award given by the NZ Variety Artists Club. He was also awarded for his services to entertainment A Queen's Service Medal and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The launch of the book, Hey Woolfie - welcome to the world will be held at:
12 midday (Note change of time)
Friday 12 July 2019
in the Community Pride Space,
ground floor at Rotorua Library.