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When Johnny Devlin met Jon Toogood yesterday they had a lot to talk about - their matching black leather jackets, rock 'n' roll, and a song called Lawdy Miss Clawdy.

Devlin, New Zealand's first rock 'n' roll star, was at a rehearsal where Toogood and his supergroup the New Devils were running through their version of that song from 1958.

He liked what he heard.

"Absolutely fantastic. That'll bring the house down," he told the band, made up of Toogood, Shayne Carter from Dimmer, Mike Hall from Pluto and Paul Roper from the Mint Chicks.

"I think you should release it as a single," said the 69-year-old rocker, who was known as New Zealand's Elvis Presley.

The song will be performed as a tribute to Devlin at tonight's New Zealand Music Awards, where he will be honoured with the NZ Herald Legacy Award and inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

"It's just a real honour and I'm glad to be back for the awards."