Billy Forrest Career Timeline: 1961 – 2011 (part four)

One of South Africa’s most successful record producers

 I am stunned at just how much recording I did in those days, it was endless, 24/7 stuff, what a privilege to have been a pioneer and fore-runner to today’s music scene.  – Billy Forrest


Billy Forrest:  Record Productions

1965 – 2011

500 miles – Mel and Mel 1966

Satisfaction – Fleadom’s Children 1967

“Equally bizarre was an objection by the SABC to the name Freedom’s Children right at the beginning of the band’s career, with the national broadcaster objecting to the use of the word “Freedom”. Only when they changed the name to Fleadom’s Children”, used on several early 7-single releases, were the SABC’s policies satisfied.” – Raymond Joseph

Happiness makers – Those 5 plus One

Under my beach umbrella – Dale

Tomboy – Jack Hertz

Jumbo – Ronnie Cline’s Expression

Hey Mr Dreamer – Pat Gregory

I – The  Goldfingers 1968

Guess who – The Goldfingers

Wonderful world – The Mad Munks

The day has gone – Dusty and the Sandstorms

Take time to know her – The Tremors

You’ve got me humming – The Mad Munks

Down in the valley – Birds of a Feather

Love is a beautiful song – Birds of a feather

Fire – The Third Eye

Fire - Third Eye

Fire – Third Eye

Billy Forrest: ” Yes! I think Polydor (Gallo) was a bit slow and we jumped the gun on them, the song suited Third Eye perfectly! I think Gallo was a bit nervous of Brown’s almost satanic image! ” (May 2013)

In every single way – The Syndicate

I’ll say goodbye – John Berks

Chapel of dreams – The Invaders

Cry to me - The Staccatos

Cry to me – The Staccatos

Cry to me – The Staccatos (SA/Germany/France/ USA) 1969 /1970

When something is wrong with my baby – The Staccatos

Turn around – Ken J Larkin

I am you, you are me – Beau Brummell

A girl like you – Dunny and the Showmen

Hey diddle diddle – The Rising Sons

Can’t you see me cry – Dunny and the Showmen

And the feeling goes – Dunny Browne and the Showmen

Does anybody miss me – Ken J Larkin

Proud Mary – The Rising Sons

My own true love – Wanda Arletti

Valley of sadness – Third Eye

Guess who – The Invaders

Glide greatly – Sounds Reason

Hold on to what you’ve got – The Staccatos

Finger in my eye – The Hoochie Coochies

Katrina’s Theme – Jill Kirkland

Katrina's Theme

Katrina’s Theme

Give me more – Mick Jade 1970

She’s gone – Ken J Larkin

If I come home – The Rising Sons

Why can’t it rain – McCully Workshop INC

I shall be released – The Staccatos (also USA)

Tchaikovsky 1 – Omega Ltd

Grieg I – Omega Ltd

Cry bluebird cry – The Rising Sons

What’s wrong with you – The Invaders

Both sides now – Steve Lonsdale

I shall be released – The Staccatos

Venus – The Shocking Pink

Zanzibar – Wanda Arletti

Born on the bayou – The Invaders

Riding on a red bus – Browne

Older women – Georgie Dee

Stand up for the lady – The Rising Sons

Yes it’s real – Omega Ltd 1971

Candy  – The Neighbourhood

I wanna go back – Mick Jade

The seagull’s name was Nelson – Des and Dawn Lindberg

The circle game – Des and Dawn Lindberg

Rifleman – This Side Up

Down down – Humphrey

Papa’s gonna kiss it better – William E

Long long love – Granville Pillar

A place to cry – Barbara Peters

Kentucky hill – The Collection

I wanna go back – Mick Jade

Joey the lipstick collector – Dennis

Cool aid – Hennie Bekker

I’ve seen all good people – Shades of Green 1972

Hold your head up – The Bats

Keep it in the family – The Dominos

I’m in love with the world – Jenny Kantan

Theme for a new love – Quinsey 1973

Cinnamon girl – The Staccatos

A friend – Judy Page

One God – Eve Boswell

Hit ’em in the head with love – Judy Page

Mama Tembu’s wedding – Ipi ‘n Tombia

Hey girl – Louis Geldenhuys

Free State Farmer From Blomkoolskool (a) – Oom Gert Ockert & Sonita Rabinowitz

Tiptoe thru’ the tulips (b) – Wouter Marais & Charles Teller

Phata phata – Ipi’n Tombia 1974

Imyeneni – Ipi ‘n Tombia

Nickel song – Sharon Tandy

Bobby bobbejaan – Luther en Beryl Maartens

Back in my buggy – Neil Reid (Scotland)

Baby baby – Africa 1975

Woman – Dee Dee

Anneline – Let’s live together 1976

I believe in you – Sharon Tandy/Graham Clarke

My man (a sweet man) – Sharon Tandy

Hotel California – Steve Lonsdale

Welcome home – Harvest

I wanna give you tomorrow – Sharon Tandy and Graham Clarke 1978

Ride safe – Matt Hurter 1980

Bang bang – Sharon Tandy 1981

We’ve got to strive to survive – Sandra van der Merwe 1985

 Other

 Spin Me – Troubadour Sampler 1968

 Albums

 Hear and now – The Staccatos 1968

One more time! – The Invaders

He was a friend of mine – The Staccatos

Glide greatly – Sound Reason

Sock it to you – The Hoochie Coochies

Awakening – The Third Eye – 1969

Volume Two – The Rising Sons 1970

Hard to handle – Steve Lonsdale

McCully Workshop INC – McCully Workshop

Billy Forrest was the “top guy” at the time and was appointed as producer. He had recently had chart success with The Staccatos ‘Cry To Me’ and many others including The Dream Merchants and Quentin E Klopjaeger (one of his many pseudonyms).

Tully [McCully] remembers Forrest’s catchphrase at the time was “could happen”. – Brian Currin, 2009

Searching – The Third Eye

‘Browne’ – Browne

Love is all – Ken J Larkin,

Mixed bag – The Rising Sons

‘Humphrey’ – Humphey 1971

Des & Dawn Lindberg

Turn on – Hennie Bekker

Ron Eliran (Israeli Star)

Gert Potgieter

Los Amigo Du Paraguay (South American Group)

The Warrior – Ipi’n Tombia 1973

Christmas with Mimi – Mimi Coertse

Songs I love – Mimi Coertse

High Voltage – Live Current

Portrait – Judy Page

Ipi Tombi – Original cast recording 1975

Ipi Tombi – Music from the stage production (UK)

‘Africa’ – Africa

Reggae Too!

Ipi Tombi – Dance party

Lulu – Wena (A rhapsody in black) 1976

 Other

 Super-Sonic 68 – Ricky Pelling (Cover design & liner notes) 1968

 CD Albums

2003:  Back To Bapsfontein – Various Artists

2007:  Angel Swings Sinatra – Bobby Angel

2008:  Somebody Like You – Bobby Angel

2009:  In My Drome – Cheree

2010:  Nat Agter Die Ore – Daniel Hoffmann

2010:  I Believe – Bobby Angel.

2010:  For your precious love – Kurt Darren

2010:  Rapport Bapsfontein Country Legends – Various Artists

2011:  Work in progress

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