Chants R&B (originally known as Chants) were a rhythm and blues band from ChristchurchNew Zealand, and are considered one best examples of garage rhythm and blues from Australasia during the 1960s.[1] They won the Battle Of The Bands contest at Addington Showgrounds in 1964.[2] Their line-up was:

  • Trevor Courtney on drums
  • Michael Rudd on rhythm guitar and vocals
  • Pete Hansen on bass
  • Jim Tomlin lead guitar

In 1966 the position of lead guitarist was taken by Max Kelly, a deserter from the Australian Air Force. When he had to return to Australia for desertion charges, the band followed with him. By this time they had a bassist by the name of Neil Young - no relation to the well-known Canadian musician of the same name.

The band broke up in 1967.


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Their sound was heavily based on the Rolling StonesThemOtis Redding, the Pretty Things and the Yardbirds.


They reformed in 2007, and played in Christchurch.


Date of Release Title Label
2000 Stage Door Witchdoctors Bacchus
2008 Chants R&B[3][4] Norton


Year Single Album
1966 "I've Been Loving You Too Long"/"I Want Her"
1966 "I'm Your Witchdoctor"/"Neighbour Neighbour"
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