Other ArtistsThis section records information of some other artists who may not have made any commercial recordings, or else I don’t have much information on them. The artists on this page are mainly soloists and groups. Information on Dance bands can now be found HEREand for the program of the 1961 Natal Open Dance Band Competition, which contains pictures and information of the participants Click Here
Updated 05 December 2021
was a popular singer who appeared at the Bon Chance in the mid to late 60s. He might have been called The Calypso King. The song that I associate with him is Ole Man River
The Naked Truth
From left to right Bassist Danny Diepa(Capetonian), Rhythmn Guitarist Kevin Feeke, Drummer Roy from Asheville, Zane Adams ( Capetonian) Lead Guitarist / vocals. Not in the photo Achmed ( Capetonian), Spuie / Keyboards. Most of the time they played as 4 Piece Bass/Lead guitarist / Drums / vocals (Information from Harry Coleman)
was a versatile artist able to play piano, guitar and drums. He was a member of the Golden City Dixies and appeared on the Percy Sledge tour.He fell in love with Durban and soon became a member of The Blue Ricks.He made a few recordings but they are very difficult to trace.Soulitis
were from Chatsworth and consisted of Kubie Govinsamy, Sidney Caine, Victor Soul, Percy Frank, Gerald & Viggie Govinsamy They made two albums for Raj Music. The first was called “Swinging Guitars” and included No Particular Place To GoThe second album was called Vampires UndergroundIt was an album of rock, psychedelic and soul music. Here is a track from it Memphis Underground
was a vocalist and flautist with The Vampires, but later branched out on his own.He had a distinctive voice and style. He won great acclaim when he appeared as a support act on the Percy Sledge Tour of South Africa in 1971.Listen to Sidney singing On and Onand a live performance ofHey There Lonely Girlduring the Percy Sledge Show in JohannesburgHere he duets with Sharon De Quintal on It Takes Two
Sidney’s brother Robin was also a musician and is featured on the album Black BirthHere is a video of Robin Caine singing Rock Me BabySomeDay
Gene Rockwell and The Falcons
Gene Rockwell is recognised as one othe great South African artists. He started his career in Durban and appeared in a number of shows with artists such as The Flames and The Jets. He went on to become a well known recording artists. Probably his biggest hit was Heart, but The Time Has Come would be my favourite.
Los Pepitos were regular performers at The Butterworth Hotel. Members of the band included Mark Stevens on rythym guitar, Tony Harris on saxaphone, Stanley Phillips percussionist, Gordon Alfred on keyboards, Leslie Phillips the drummer, Bobby Naidoo the band leader and bass guitarist, Jerry Govinder, lead guitarist and Harold Phillips, percussionist. They recorded a number of succesful albums for Raj Music.
The band originally consisted of Lulu Pillay (lead guitar), Sunny Pillay (vocals/rhythm guitar), Joe Moodley (bass guitar) and Chicken Morgan (drums). In 1961, Sunny Pillay left the band and was replaced by Johnny Soon.Unfortunately no known recordings of the group exist.(Information and Photo Courtesy of Manny Gounden)
Bill and Mavis RoachBill Roach was a fine guitarist who replaced Brian Pillay as the guitarist with The Blue Ricks.Mavis Roach was a wonderful singer who could be compared to Ella Fitzgerald. Nobody sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” like she did.One of my greatest regrets is not recording them. We had spoken about recording “I Left My Heart in San Franscisco” but didn’t get down to doing it.(Thanks to Daniel Louis Jettoo for tracing this picture)
both as a solo artist as well as a member of The Dream Merchants must rate as one of the most successful pop artists to emanate from South Africa. He also had a hit record under the name Quenton E Klopjaegger.Billy also became a record producer and a mentor to budding artistsLink to Billy Forrest Website
Eddie was called the “Engelbert Humperdinck” of South Africa. He was a popular vocalist at many venues in Durban and surrounding areas. He became a member of the Golden City Dixies and toured throughout South Africa and Rhodesia Here is Eddie performing Time And The River, Il Mondo(Audio only)Crying In The ChapelI Call You SaviourView a video on Eddie created by Juggie Pather, who includes a chapter on music from the Clairwood area in his book “Clairwood, The Untold Story”.
This group from Johannesburg is still going strong. More information on the group can be found HERE
Gained quite a reputation as a wonderful singer often appearing at The Himalayas Hotel in DurbanHere she perform Sophiatown
Dickie Loader and the Blue Jeans
was a popular group based in Durban. The group consisted of Dickie Loader – guitar, vocals, Ian Wells – piano, Ray Boonzaaier – bass and Des Ray – sax• Noel Glover – drums
Graham Beggs was also a member member of this group for
a while. He later became one of the most successful record
producers in South Africa
Sea Of Heartbreak
Paul McCarthy and Edna Newman were a popular duet that performed at many venues in Durban
Lionel Martin Pillay
Talent is no guarantee of success in the commercial music world. If it were then Lionel Martin Pillay would have been one of the most successful musicians to come out of South Africa.See More.
were a very popular group performing in the Cape during the sixties.The group consisted of Aubrey Williams - Guitar, Llewelyn Roman - Lead Guitar, Charles Anyster – Vocals, Lionel Beukes - Bass and Lesley Beukes - Drums.You can read more about the group in an article by Marq Vas HERE
One of the finest guitarists to eminate from Durban, Gerald’s forte is smooth jazz. He has been performing since the late seventies and has gained the admiration of jazz musicians in South Africa and around the world.He formed a number of bands including No Strings Attached and The Gerald Sloan Latino Project.He spend four years in Australia performing at a number of jazz festivals and top entertainment venues including Crown Casino.Since his return to South Africa, he has continued to contribute to the jazz world performing with some regular partners as well as many well known vocalists.More information on Gerald can be found HERE
started hs musical career in Johannesburg with a group called the Thunderballs.He later moved to the Cape where he quickly developed a reputation as a fine vocalist.He also performed with The Rockets and The Invaders.He later returned to Johannesburg where he joined the group Harari as lead vocalist, but continued to record as a solo artist as well.One of his main achievements was the recording of Kaiser Chiefs’ We Are Number One backed by his multi-racial band, the Winners.He later became a born-again Christian and devoted his singing to religeous music.
Stemmed from Fordburg in Johannesburg. Pictured are the members of the group:Little Danny Adams, Veronica Lewis, Ramchandra Lakka, Ravincha Ranchod, Hassim Bulbulia and Lalloo Daya
Hoochie Coochies singleI’m Sorry About That
NOTE: A slightly different version of this video is available on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/juggie.pather/videos/pcb.10220815171950061/10220815087627953/?type=3&theater
featured Krishna Naidoo as lead singer. The group a hit with a cover of an Engelbert Humperdinck song Let Me Into Your Life.
The Stepping Stones
Another of the guitar groups that were the rage in the late 60s and 70s. The band included Percy Ramlugan, and Gordon Charles. I’d appreciate any photos and information of the band.
was a group formed by Butch Paul, formerly of The Insects, and Ronnie Murugan, formerly of Grapevine, and at one time included Jocelyn and Brian Curtis. The Group played mostly Pop / Langarm music mainly at the Belgica and Pelican hotels.(Pictures and information by Harry Coleman)
From Left - Right - Ronnie Murugan, Spuie, Levin, Victor and Koobie were the original members. They were from Clairwood and Merebank. Himalaya Hotel, Moon Hotel and Pelican Hotel were some of the venues they played at playing mostly Pop music they had a massive following no recordings exist.(Pictures and information by Harry Coleman)
One of the top groups to come from the Johannesburg area. They backed Emil Dean on many recordings.For More Click Here
was a group from Cape Town, the member of whom were visually impaired.This didn’t prevent the group from developing a band of keen followeres throughout South Africa. They had a successful tour of Natal in the mid-sixties.The band consisted of Ivor Wagner, Franz Rozariowas Miller, Ronnie Atkins, Joseph Cleophas and Charles Okkers.Jayson Jay King produced a few singles by them inclusing Peccanin, composed by Ivor Wagner, and More.
Surely this group must have been the youngest pop group ever to perform anywhere in the world.When the band was formed in 1969 in Actonville Benoni, it consisted of Vernie Moonsammy aged 12 lead guitar, his 8 year-old sister Sharmala on keyboards and vocal and 8 year-old cousin Daylin Porthen on drums. The trio was joined by Moonsammy siblings Cherisse (8) on bass guitar and vocals, and percussionists Trevor and Rodney, as well as 8 year-old Clifford James as lead vocalists.For the next ten years the group performed mainly in the Johannesburg area, but also in other parts of South Africa and competed with other well known groups such as The Flood and The Sillouettes.Click on an image below to enlarge