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Four Jacks And A Jill - Fables (1969)

Four Jacks And A Jill - Fables (1969)

Four Jacks & A Jill is one of few South African groups to score a Stateside hit. Their folksy tale "Master Jack," made the Top 20, nesting at #18, June 8, 1968. The members were Glenys Lynne (Jill), Clive Harding (bass), Till Hanamann (guitar), Bruce Barks (guitar), and Tony Hughes (drums). Glenys sung lead and had a voice that was undeniably folksy, rather she tried to sing that style or not, everything came out that way. Their second single "Mr. Nico" made the States chart too, but barely, entering the Pop 100 and immediately stalling at #98. The four guys sans Jill originally formed in 1964 and went through two name changes before adding Glenys and becoming Four Jacks & A Jill. Out-the-box they scored a South African hit entitled "Timothy." Unfortunately, they never graced the charts in the States after "Mr. Nico," but remained viable and quite popular in South Africa.


Four Jacks And A Jill - Fables (1969)


Ronnie Singer & Keith Moffat /The 004's - The Clifton Beat - It's Alright (1966) S.Africa

Ronnie Singer & Keith Moffat /The 004's - The Clifton Beat - It's Alright (1966) S.Africa
Ronnie Singer & Keith Moffat /The 004's - The Clifton Beat - It's Alright (1966) S.Africa


Band Members:

Ronnie Singer, organ and vocals
Keith Moffat, drums

Derek Marks, bass on last album
Anton Fig, drums
Keith Lentin, guitar
Brian Jones, guitar
George Wolfaardt, bass
James Marwick, drums
Neville Whitmill, vocals
Mike Faure, sax
Neville Green, guitar
Charlie Peterson, bass
Jeremy Dreyer, drums
Anton van Rooyen, bass

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South African beat band formed in 1965. Pete Clifford had played with the Jesters and Georgie Fame and visited South Africa for the first time in 1964 while being a member of Dusty Springfield’s backing band. He also played with Tom Jones.
In 1965 he returned to South Africa and formed the 004’s. Brian Gibson and Jack Russell had been members of the Victors, who backed French artist Teddy Raye on tour. When the band broke up Gibson joined the Laurie Jay Combo and Russell got a job as production manager with Vox. Soon they joined the 004’s.
The band was signed by CBS and recorded some singles. They also backed Gene Vincent on his Durban performance.
Their only album was released in 1966.
Nick Doktor (ex-Leemen Limited) replaced Peter Stember in 1966.
Gibson left the band in 1967 and was replaced by Barry Mitchell (ex-In Crowd). The band recorded with Johnny Kongos’ groups Floribunda Rose and Scrugg in 1967.
The band broke up and Clifford joined the Bats in 1968 while Gibson joined Abstract Truth.


Band Members:

Pete Clifford (vocals, guitar),
Brian Gibson vocals, guitar),
Jack Russell (vocals, bass),
Peter Stember (vocals, drums),
Nick Doktor (drums),
Barry Mitchell (guitar)



Don Fardon - I'm Alive 68/69 Hip Pop and Swinging Beat

Don Fardon - I'm Alive  68/69 Hip Pop and Swinging Beat

Donald Maughn, 19 August 1943, Coventry, West Midlands, England. As the vocalist with the Sorrows, Maughn was featured on this cult act’s most durable release, the pulsating ‘Take A Heart’. A number 21 hit in September 1965, its hypnotic, throbbing beat was maintained on subsequent releases, several of which the singer co-composed. Here, however, he preferred to use an alternative surname, Fardon, which was then retained for the artist’s solo career. His cover version of John D. Loudermilk’ s ‘(The Lament Of The Cherokee) Indian Reservation’ gave him his first and only US hit single in 1968, reaching the Top 20. He broke into the UK Top 40 in 1970 with ‘Belfast Boy’, a homage to the talented, but troubled Northern Irish footballer, George Best. This success paved the way for the re-issue of ‘Indian Reservation’ which, when resurrected, climbed to a respectable number 3 and became one of that year’s most distinctive chart entries. Yet despite several further releases in the early 70s, some of which were remakes of former Sorrows material, Fardon was unable to secure consistent success. He went into the licensing trade, running pubs in Coventry and Eathorpe, while continuing to work on the cabaret and country circuits. He later helped run a security firm looking after pop stars. Fardon re-released ‘Belfast Boy’ in December 2005 in honour of the recently deceased Best.



[2:38] 01. Don Fardon - I Get So Excited
[2:40] 02. Don Fardon - Back In The Ussr
[2:19] 03. Don Fardon - Coming On Strong
[3:37] 04. Don Fardon - I Need Somebody
[2:29] 05. Don Fardon - On The Beach
[2:58] 06. Don Fardon - Ruby's Picture On My Wall
[2:14] 07. Don Fardon - Keep On Loving Me
[3:05] 08. Don Fardon - It's Been Nice Loving You
[2:34] 09. Don Fardon - I'm Alive
[3:01] 10. Don Fardon - Riverboat
[3:08] 11. Don Fardon - We Can Make It Together
[2:46] 12. Don Fardon - Do You Know What I Mean
[2:34] 13. Don Fardon - Baby Let Me Take You Home
[2:46] 14. Don Fardon - Mr Sation Master
[2:55] 15. Don Fardon - 6.10 Phoenix Gone
[2:04] 16. Don Fardon - Let The Live Live
[4:14] 17. Don Fardon - Captain Man
[1:59] 18. Don Fardon - The Dreaming Room

As this compilation doesn't have either of Don Fardon's chart hits ("Indian Reservation" and "Belfast Boy"), it can't be considered a best-of, though its 18 tracks do span the 1967-1969 period during which he made his most notable solo recordings. Combining seven tracks from his rare 1968 German LP Love Story of Don Fardon, a few late-'60s singles, and a few previously unissued songs, the intention seems to be to emphasize the singer's most credible work (the two absent chart singles are referred to as "novelty pop hits" on the back cover). If this is his best stuff, it certainly doesn't make a very compelling argument for Fardon as an artist worthy of much attention. It has that odd blend of brassy pop, soul, and showbizzy belting found in many British late-'60s pop recordings that have largely escaped critical respect or scrutinization, though they're not as well-produced or full of commercial hooks as, say, what Tom Jones was doing. Fardon was a good singer, but the material is simply not that memorable, and the arrangements on much of the up-tempo soul stuff are burdened with stiff rhythms falling somewhere twixt ska and oompah, layered with enough fuzz guitar and burbling organ to sound trendy. There are some fair songs here and there, like "I'm Alive," where Fardon sounds like he's reaching for something more authentic, and the waltzing "Dreaming Room," which could have fit onto the soundtrack of a late-'60s spy flick. For the best work of both Fardon and his producer (and occasional songwriter) Miki Dallon, however, his prior recordings with British Invasion band the Sorrows tower over this motley lot.

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A-Cads - Hungry For Love (1966)

A-Cads - Hungry For Love (1966)

A-Cads - Hungry For Love (1966)
A-Cads - Hungry For Love (1966)

South Africa had relatively few rock bands in the mid-'60s who were playing energetic rock & roll in the British Invasion style. The A-Cads were one of them, sounding and looking like some of the rawer R&B-based British bands of the time. That's the good news. The bad news is that virtually everything on their sole LP, 1966's Hungry for Love, is a cover, usually of the kind of R&B and soul covered by British bands like the Rolling Stones in their early days. The A-Cads do play these both tough and well -- unlike many U.S. garage bands or Continental European bands playing in the style from a geographical and cultural remove, these sound like they pretty much could have fit in as filler on a British Invasion band LP of the time by a decent (yet not great) group. But, to be heartless, almost none of their interpretations match the originals or the best covers of these songs, making this pretty inessential for those collecting on the basis of quality rather than rarity. The exception, perhaps, is "Hungry for Love," done with more raunch than the U.K. hit version by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates (or the version by the Searchers). The 1999 CD reissue adds four similar, if not as well produced, cuts from the acetate of an unreleased EP, as well as three tracks from a solo album (This Strange Effect) done by guitarist Hank Squires shortly before the A-Cads formed. Note that this CD includes most but not all of the A-Cads' recorded output, missing a few tracks that appeared on mid-'60s singles.

A-Cads - Hungry For Love (1966)



Johnny & The G-Men-Johnny & The G-Men (1962)

Johnny & The G-Men-Johnny & The G-Men (1962)



John Kongos had been the leader behind Johnny Kongos & the G-Men, a prolific beat group from Johannesburg, South Africa that frequently appeared on that country's charts during the first half of the '60s. In 1966, Kongos and a number of his associates relocated to London and cut a 1967 single as Floribunda Rose for Piccadilly. Floribunda Rose eventually morphed into Scrugg, a psychedelic pop band that released a trio of singles for Pye prior to their 1969 breakup. "I Wish I Was Five," a 1968 B-side, gained the most attention. Upon Scrugg's split, Kongos went solo and released a handful of records, including the albums Confusions About a Goldfish, John Kongos, and Tokoloshe Man. The 1971 single "He's Gonna Step on You Again" registered on the charts in the U.K. and the U.S. Sporadic reissues of Kongos' work appeared during the '90s, and in 2002, Castle released Lavender Popcorn: 1966-1969, which combined Scrugg and Floribunda Rose material (both familiar and previously unreleased) with Confusions About a Goldfish.


Johnny And The G-Men, TEAL TL 1001

Johnny & The G-Men-Johnny & The G-Men (1962)

Johnny Kongos - This Is Johnny

Johnny Kongos - This Is Johnny





Having had success in South Africa in the early 1960s with his band Johnny and the G-Men, as well as a solo artist, Kongos went to UK to pursue his musical career. His first UK based group, Floribunda Rose, formed in April 1967, comprised the British musicians, Pete Clifford (guitar) (born Peter William Frederick Clifford, 10 May 1943, Whetstone, North London) and Jack Russell (bass, vocals) (born 29 April 1944, Caerleon, South Wales), who had come to South Africa in June 1965 with The 004; drummer Nick 'Doc' Dokter (born 24 July 1945, Kampen, Overijssel, Holland), a latter day member of 004; and the Cyprus born keyboard player Chris Demetriou from John E Sharpe and the Squires. After one single, "Linda Loves Linda", Clifford returned to South Africa to join The Bats and Dokter moved to Canada and worked with Five Man Cargo. Drummer Henry Spinetti joined and the remaining members recorded three singles as Scrugg.
After 18 months of gigging in Britain and Europe with his bands Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and five singles later, he released his first solo album, Confusions About a Goldfish (1970), on the Dawn record label.
He then concentrated on songwriting, and began to have major success in Germany and other European countries (No 1 and Top 10 hits). He then moved to Fly Records with whom he had two hit singles – "He's Gonna Step On You Again" (UK No. 4, May 1971;[1] U.S. Billboard Hot 100 No. 70) and "Tokoloshe Man" (UK No. 4, November 1971).[1] His second album Kongos made the Top 30 of the UK Albums Chart, but subsequent singles, "Great White Lady" (1972), "Ride the Lightning" (1975) and "Higher than God's Hat" (1975), did not chart.[1] "Tomorrow I'll Go", which appeared on Kongos, was covered by New Zealand band The Human Instinct on their 1970 album Stoned Guitar, while "Ride The Lightning" (1975) was covered by Sylvie Vartan as "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" in France and was Number 1 on that chart for several weeks in 1976.
"He's Gonna Step On You Again" is cited in the Guinness Book of Records as being the first song to ever use a sample.
Kongos continued to work in his own London studio as a record producer, sound engineer, TV jingle and theme music composer, and songwriter, as well as handling the programming of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer on Def Leppard's 1983 album, Pyromania.
He gained notoriety with a new musical generation in 1990, when Madchester pioneers Happy Mondays reworked "He's Gonna Step On You Again" into their baggy era defining hit "Step On", which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In the same year they also covered his "Tokoloshe Man", for the compilation album, Rubáiyát.


This Is Johnny, RCA Victor 31,791

Johnny Kongos - This Is Johnny



John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)



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Having had success in South Africa in the early 1960s with his band Johnny and the G-Men, as well as a solo artist, Kongos went to UK to pursue his musical career. His first UK based group, Floribunda Rose, formed in April 1967, comprised the British musicians :
Pete Clifford (guitar) (born Peter William Frederick Clifford, 10 May 1943, Whetstone, North London) and Jack Russell (bass, vocals) (born 29 April 1944, Caerleon, South Wales), who had come to South Africa in June 1965 with The 004; drummer Nick 'Doc' Dokter (born 24 July 1945, Kampen, Overijssel, Holland), a latter day member of 004; and the Cyprus born keyboard player Chris Demetriou from John E Sharpe and the Squires. After one single, "Linda Loves Linda", Clifford returned to South Africa to join The Bats and Dokter moved to Canada and worked with Five Man Cargo. Drummer Henry Spinetti joined and the remaining members recorded three singles as Scrugg.
After 18 months of gigging in Britain and Europe with his bands Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and five singles later, he released his first solo album, Confusions About a Goldfish (1970), on the Dawn record label.
He then concentrated on songwriting, and began to have major success in Germany and other European countries (No 1 and Top 10 hits). He then moved to Fly Records with whom he had two hit singles – "He's Gonna Step On You Again" (UK No. 4, May 1971;[1] U.S. Billboard Hot 100 No. 70) and "Tokoloshe Man" (UK No. 4, November 1971).[1] His second album Kongos made the Top 30 of the UK Albums Chart, but subsequent singles, "Great White Lady" (1972), "Ride the Lightning" (1975) and "Higher than God's Hat" (1975), did not chart.[1] "Tomorrow I'll Go", which appeared on Kongos, was covered by New Zealand band The Human Instinct on their 1970 album Stoned Guitar, while "Ride The Lightning" (1975) was covered by Sylvie Vartan as "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" in France and was Number 1 on that chart for several weeks in 1976.
"He's Gonna Step On You Again" is cited in the Guinness Book of Records as being the first song to ever use a sample.
Kongos continued to work in his own London studio as a record producer, sound engineer, TV jingle and theme music composer, and songwriter, as well as handling the programming of the Fairlight CMI synthesizer on Def Leppard's 1983 album, Pyromania.
He gained notoriety with a new musical generation in 1990, when Madchester pioneers Happy Mondays reworked "He's Gonna Step On You Again" into their baggy era defining hit "Step On", which reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] In the same year they also covered his "Tokoloshe Man", for the compilation album, Rubáiyát.


His 1966-1969 work (including his recordings with Floribunda Rose and Scrugg, and his solo album Confusions About a Goldfish) was released on a compilation album, Lavender Popcorn (2001).

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg ‎– Lavender Popcorn
Label: Castle Music ‎– CMRCD 395

Perhaps kicked into action due to the inclusion of Scrugg's "I Wish I Was Five" on Rhino's second Nuggets box from the year prior, the Castle label issued Lavender Popcorn: 1966-1969, which digs deep into the discography of eccentric psych-pop musician John Kongos. Prior to the period documented here, Kongos had several records under his belt as a South African artist, which were popular there but failed to translate elsewhere. Upon his 1966 relocation to England, he headed the short-lived bands Floribunda Rose (one single) and Scrugg (three singles) and then went solo. This anthology ties up everything from Floribunda Rose   and   Scrugg , while adding some unreleased material. Kongos' first solo album, 1969's Confusions About a Goldfish, is also included in its entirety. Though it doesn't include significant later singles like "Tokoloshe Man" and "He's Gonna Step on You Again," the disc is rather essential for psych-pop completists.

John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)



1 John T. Kongos* – I Love Mary 2:57
2 John T. Kongos* – Goodtime Party Companion 2:23
3 Floribunda Rose* – Linda Loves Linda 3:28
4 Floribunda Rose* – One Way Street 2:46
5 Scrugg – Everyone Can See 2:51
6 Scrugg – I Wish I Was Five 3:19
7 Scrugg – Lavender Popcorn Written-By – Reeves, English 2:18
8 Scrugg – Sandwich Board Man 3:11
9 Scrugg – Will The Real Geraldine Please Stand Up And Be Counted 2:59
10 Scrugg – Only George 2:51
11 Scrugg – Patriotic 2:48
12 John Kongos – Confusions About A Goldfish 4:17
13 John Kongos – At This Moment 1:48
14 John Kongos – Deserts Of Mountains Of Men 3:12
15 John Kongos – Seat By The Window 3:19
16 John Kongos – Go Home 2:36
17 John Kongos – Tomorrow I'll Go 3:57
18 John Kongos – Flim, Flam Pharisee 2:50
19 John Kongos – It Was Easy 2:50
20 John Kongos – Blood 3:55
21 John Kongos – The Lady Wants More 3:18
22 John Kongos – Coming Back To YouWritten-By – Demetriou, Kongos  2:49
23 John Kongos – Amendment To Confusions About A Goldfish 2:20
24 John Kongos – Elegy To Seymour 3:05
25 John Kongos – All I'm Trying To Do 3:14
26 John Kongos – Week Day Lady 3:06


Written-By – John Kongos (tracks: 1-6, 8-26)
Track 11 previously unreleased. 
Tracks 24-26 previously unreleased demos.

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Four Jacks And A Jill - Fables (1969)Ronnie Singer & Keith Moffat /The 004's - The Clifton Beat - It's Alright (1966) S.AfricaThe Bats - All I Got-Ahabby Little HutCasey Jones &The Governors - Don’t Ha Ha (1965)A-Cads - Hungry For Love (1966)Johnny & The G-Men-Johnny & The G-Men (1962)Johnny Kongos - This Is JohnnyVA - South African 60's Antology - Guitars&Beat&Garage John Kongos Featuring Floribunda Rose & Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1966-1969)

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