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The Chapta at The Blenheim Road Motor Inn 1971
Dick Whatson (Bass Guitar), Kevin Toneycliffe (Drums), Dave Kennedy (Guitar/Voca;s) and Ledlie Cleland (Keyboards)

Chapta was born (circa 1969) out of the demise of The Next Move, the original line-up featuring vocalist Les Inwood along with guitarist Doug Baker (both from The Next Move), bass guitarist Dick Whatson, drummer Chris Fox and keyboardist Stan White.  This combination was shortly joined by Sharon O'Neill from Nelson.  The image immediately below left, shows Peter Gillette (Keyboards), who had replaced Ledlie Cleland, who in turn had replaced Stan White, Chris Fox (Drums), who was soon replaced by the late Kevin Toneycliffe, Sharon O'Neill (Vocals), Dick Whatson (Bass) and Kevin Bayley (Lead Guitar) who had previously taken over from Doug Baker, and who was subsequently replaced by Dave Kennedy.  The group appread on TV's Moving Series.


Dave Kennedy, Kevin Toneycliffe, Dick Whatson and Peter Gillette


Dick Whatson, Dave Kennedy, Kevin Toneycliffe
and Ledlie Cleland - circa 1971

The Chapta Albums
Chapta One (1971) and Open Door (1972)

Dick Whatson, Ledlie Cleland, Dave Kennedy
and Kevin Toneycliffe - circa 1971


Their first single was Love Makes The World Go Round // Love Is Blue - I Can Sing A Rainbow recorded in 1970 on the Festival label.  In 1971 they signed to HMV and concentrated on original material.  In 1971 their next single Say A Prayer // Country Lady won the group section of the Loxene Gold Disc Awards (the Awards had been spilit into solo and group categories from 1970).  Two further singles, You And I // My Way and I Can See You - Open Door // Colonel Pumpkin were released in 1971 and then their last single I Can't Get Sunday Out Of My Mind // Send Me No More Letters secured them yet another finals spot in the Loxene Awards for 1972.  Two albums were recorded, Chapta One in 1971 and Open Door in 1972.  Show The World, the lead track of the Open Door album was their entry in the 1972 Studio One Television Series.  Chapta folded soon after, with Dave Kennedy going on to form Link.


Peter Gillette, Chris Fox, Sharon O'Neill, Dick Whatson, Kevin Bayley

The Chapta - Backing Group for TVNZ's Popco Series

Dick Whatson, Peter Gillette, Kevin Toneycliffe, Dave Kennedy



Say A Prayer

Country Lady

Dave Kennedy

Love Makes The World Go Round

Love Is Blue / I Can Sing A Rainbow



Les Inwood

Doug Baker

Stan White

Dick Whatson

Chris Fox



Ledlie Cleland

Kevin Bayley

Sharon O'Neill

Kevin Toneycliffe

Peter Gillette