'Shade Tree Mechanic' Maria Dallas
Maria Dallas (born Marina Devcich, 1946) was discovered at a talent contest in small town of Morrinsville, New Zealand.
Her first single "Tumblin' Down", written by Jay Epae, released in 1966 and made it to #11 in the charts. It also won her a Loxene Golden Disc award. She released several albums and singles and starred in the New Zealand television series Golden Girl before moving on to Australia in 1967 recording "Ambush" charting #20 in Australia and then to Nashville. She returned to New Zealand in 1970 and scored a #1 hit with the song "Pinocchio" The song spent six weeks at number one during the fall of the year. In total, Dallas produced at least 10 albums and 25 singles.