Dedication to Mary Yandall Tagata Pasifika 5 Feb …:
The Yandall Sisters are a popular New Zealand/Samoan all-female singing group of the 1970s, who have made a major contribution to music in New Zealand. The members of the group were Caroline, Mary and Adele Yandall, and later younger sister Pauline Yandall.
In 1974, their hit song “Sweet Inspiration” stayed on the NZ Top 20 singles chart for eight weeks, and has become a classic favourite in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The track was a cover of the song by an American group of the same name.
In 1977, the Yandall Sisters were named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year. Popular entertainers in their own right, they have provided backing vocals for hundreds of musicians and entertainers, in New Zealand and Australia. These include notable showbands and Maori artists including the late Prince Tui Tekaas well as Howard Morrison and John Rowles.
Mary Yandall died aged 62 on 30 January 2012 at Auckland Hospital after a short illness.