A public memorial service is planned to celebrate the life of country music star John Grenell

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John Hore Grenell at his home in Whitecliffs in July 2014. He died last week, aged 78.

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John Hore Grenell at his home in Whitecliffs in July 2014. He died last week, aged 78.

A public memorial service celebrating the life of Kiwi country musician John Hore Grenell will be held in Christchurch on Saturday.

The singer and songwriter, who recorded his first record in the 1960s as John Hore, was best known for his version of Welcome To Our World.

He died last week at the age of 78 following a heart attack.

Family and friends have held a musical memorial service with songs and stories to be held at the James Hay Theater at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. Members of the public and fans are welcome.

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Detail of the cover of Grenell's 2015 best-of album, Welcome To My World: The Very Best of John Hore Grenell.  A memorial with songs and stories celebrating his life will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Christchurch.

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Detail of the cover of Grenell’s 2015 best-of album, Welcome To My World: The Very Best of John Hore Grenell. A memorial with songs and stories celebrating his life will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Christchurch.

Grenell was born in 1944 in Ranfurly, Central Otago, according to biographies by the New Zealand Music Commission and Christchurch City Libraries.

He grew up on the family farm in Kyeburn and attended Otago Boys High School in Dunedin.

Grenell toured the world in the 1960s and released a string of hit albums and singles. By age 19, he had sold 100,000 records.

In the 1970s and 1980s he took a break from the music industry to help set up a hiking tourism business in Queenstown. He returned to the music industry in the late 1980s as John Grenell and released more hit records.

Grenell ran a farm at Whitecliffs, Canterbury, and bred horses.

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