Kiwi legend Peter Posa dies 78

News 04/02/2019

Peter Posa, our most talented NZ guitarist, has passed away.

Gray Bartlett, a guitarist and an old friend  Peters during the 1960s, has said that his death was "the passing of an era in guitar music,". Bartlett was at the hospital alongside Posa's family, when he died.

He died in Waikato hospital just before 12 pm on Sunday, and he was 78. 

The pair performed together in 2006 and Barlett said, "Unfortunately, he wasn't well, even then, but he was still great."

Posa was one of our most famous guitarists and had 23 albums and was well known for his connection with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Chet Atkins, and Herb Ellis.


From 1962 to 1965 I toured continuously here, Australia and the Pacific Islands ... I was young and thought I could conquer the world.  It was crazy to even attempt it, he said.

Posa was recognised in NZ for his life long dedication to music by being appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008.