Monthly Archives: December 2011

Made in South Africa – 1971

Made In South Africa

Made In South Africa

The ‘Made in South Africa’ compilation album, Rave BP 1028, contains no less that 7 Billy Forrest productions:
1. Tchaikovsky One – Omega Ltd
2. Turn Around – Ken J Larkin
3. Cry To Me – The Staccatos
4. Lazy Life – Quentin E Klopjaeger
5. Stand Up For The Lady – The Rising Sons
6. Proud Mary – The Rising Sons
7. Venus – Shocking Pink

All above songs were originally released as 7- singles:

1. Tchaikovsky One/The Boy And The Bee – Polydor PS 87, 1970
2. Turn Around/What’s Wrong With My World – Polydor PS 34, 1969
3. Cry To Me/Why Care About Today – NEM 3003, 1968
4. Lazy Life/The Long Way Home – Troubadour TRS-E-9092, 1968
5. Stand Up For The Lady/Come And Get It/Something’s Burning – Rave TOS 732, 1970
6. Proud Mary/Tree Society – Rave TOS 542, 1969
7. Venus/You Girl – Philips TOS 660, 1970

Other tracks:

1. Sunglasses – Hilary
2. For Your Precious Love – The Flames
3. Meadowlands – The Meteors
4. Pata Pata – The Hoochie Coochies
5. I’ve Got Dreams To Remember – The Invaders

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Dream Merchants: 1966 – SARI Award for Best Beat Artists

Dream Merchants: 1966 - SARI Award for best beat artists

Dream Merchants: 1966 - SARI Award for best beat artists

Dream Merchants: 1966 - SARI Award for best beat artists

Dream Merchants: 1966 - SARI Award for best beat artists

 

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Omega Ltd

Impact December 1970 - Artistes I Produce: Omega Ltd

Impact December 1970 - Artistes I Produce: Omega Ltd

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Pop Gear SA – First Issue

Pop Gear SA - First Issue

Pop Gear SA - First Issue

Pop Gear SA - First Issue - Editorial

Pop Gear SA - First Issue - Editorial

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Billy Forrest – Hello Operator

“Then, at the end of 1964 it finally happened. Hello Operator, chosen for me by Peter Lotis, went to number one that Christmas, earning me my first Gold Disc Award and a few months later, in 1965, a SARI Award for best Country and Western Singer.”
(Billy Forrest, 2001)
Billy Forrest - Hello Operator

Billy Forrest - Hello Operator

Billly Forrest - Teenage Personality Dec 1965

Billly Forrest - Teenage Personality Dec 1965

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Billy Forrest, Teenage Personality, Feb 1965

 

Billy Forrest, Teenage Personality, Feb 1965

Billy Forrest, Teenage Personality, Feb 1965


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Billy Forrest Career Timeline 1961 – 2011 (Top 40, 1988)

In 1966 Billy Forrest launched a music magazine called Pop Gear S.A with the main purpose of promoting South African artists. In the eighties he was back with the very successful TOP 20 which he part-owned and edited for two years, before launching Top 40 with Joe Theron in 1985.
Top 40 1988

Top 40 1988

Top 40 1988

Top 40 1988

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Billy Forrest Career Timeline 1961 – 2011 – El Paso, Durban: June – October 1964

1964 - Billy on his own TV show in Kitwe, Zambia

1964 - Billy on his own TV show in Kitwe, Zambia

“Big talented Billy Forrest, South Africa’s top country and western star is at present … in Durban, playing nightly at the El Paso. He’ll be here five months in all, finishing off at the end of this month. After his season here he’ll be touring Rhodesia – topping a package tour – with his new backing group, THE BROTHERS, which he recently formed down here. After Rhodesia it’ll be Cape Town in January (1965)… ”  (Source: Debonaire, 15 October 1964)

Billy Forrest’s response, 6 December 2011:

 “I used the Brothers at El Paso and also the Rhodesian Tour. They were: Dave Pollecutt – Lead Guitar / Dick Pollecutt – Rhythm Guitar / Ian “Spider” Murch – bass and Pat Hawthorn on drums.  We called them the Veterans* on the recording only, same guys.” Regards. B.F.

 Discographical Information:

*) Billy Forrest and the Veterans – Cross my heart / Which way the wind blows, Renown 45N 1347, 1963

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Billy Forrest Career Timeline 1961 – 2011 (Top 40, 1989)

In 1966 Billy Forrest launched a music magazine called Pop Gear SA with the main purpose of promoting South African artists. In the eighties he was back with the very successful TOP 20 which he part-owned and edited for two years, before launching Top 40 with Joe Theron in 1985.
Top 40 1989

Top 40 1989

Top 40 Voelvry

Top 40 Voelvry

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