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Jul 19

Eliza Keil

Personal Life:

Eliza Keil (born in Samoa) is a former actress and singer for the family group, The Keil Isles. The band members included her brothers: Herma, Olaf, Klaus and Rudolf, and her cousin Freddie Keil, from the 1960’s New Zealand Rock & Roll group – Freddie Keil and the Kavaliers.

The Keil family were of Samoan, German, Chinese and Jewish descent.

 

Professional Career:

Keil started her musical career as a singer for the family group, The Keil Isles, around the late 1950’s. Another sister, Helga, was an occasional singer for the family group.

In 1966, she and brother Herma appeared in the New Zealand film “Don’t Let It Get To You”. The film also featured New Zealand Maori Opera singer, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Sir Howard Morrison.

The Keil Isles family band were residents on New Zealand’s 60’s TV pop show “C’mon”, but by 1967, she left the band with her brother Herma to pursue solo careers.

She went on to release three albums, “Live at Logan Park” in 1967, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” in 1970 and “Your Songs” in 1973. A number of singles were released from these albums.

Eliza later moved to the US, so did her sister Helga and brothers Klaus and Olaf. Herma moved to Australia, while Freddie went to live in Rarotonga and sadly died at the end of 1994.

 

 

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