Career Timeline

Fleadom’s Children

 

Fleadom's Children 1st 7-single and Pop Gear article

Fleadom's Children 1st 7-single and Pop Gear article

“With Forrest handling production duties, Freedom’s Children entered the studios that summer and proceeded to lay down four tracks in one session. Understandably, the label went with what it thought were the two strongest cuts for the band’s debut single, issued towards the end of 1967. On the a-side was a raw cover of Tony Colton and Ray Smith’s “The Coffee Song”, which Cream had also recorded, initially for inclusion on their debut album Fresh Cream. Nestled on the flip, meanwhile, was the band’s tribute to The Rolling Stones, a bristling version of “Satisfaction” with a heavy guitar work out courtesy of Laxton and Henson. A rare outing at the time, the single is now almost impossible to find but fortunately both sides have recently turned up as bonus tracks on Fresh Music’s digitally remastered Astra CD.

Aficionados of the band, however, are still waiting to hear the two remaining tracks from that session, which were duly rounded up for the group’s second Troubadour single, issued a few months later. Credited again to Fleadom’s Children, the single comprises an outstanding version of The Yardbirds’ “Mr, You’re A Better Man Than I” (composed, incidentally, by Mike Hugg of fellow South African, Manfred Mann’s group) backed by a cover of The Fleur De Lys’ “Mud In Your Eye”. While the a-side was a relatively well known number (and later covered by dozens of bands, most notably The Sons of Adam in California), the flip seemed an unusual choice, especially as The Fleur De Lys were hardly household names.” (Source: Nick Warburton) 

Billy Forrest wrote on 27 March 2012:

I remember recording all four tracks but whether the second single was ever released slips my mind. Gallo Archive would have it because Trutone bought Troubadour around 1970 and that purchase included the entire Troubadour Catalogue.

MVFB comment: We believe all the Troubadour tapes were ‘dumped’ after the Gallo take-over.

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1st edition of Pop Gear, 1966

1st edition of Pop Gear, 1966

1st edition of Pop Gear, 1966

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Billy Forrest – Chart Success (1964 – 1983)

Billy Forrest - Chart Success (1964 - 1983)

Billy Forrest - Chart Success (1964 - 1983)

1.      Hello Operator #1

2.      Love Minus Zero #8

3.      Land Of Milk And Honey #10

4.      The Rattler #20

5.      Lazy Life #1

6.      Melody Fayre #14

7.      Abergavenny #15

8.      We’re All Playing In The Same Band #19

9.      Joey The Lipstick Collector #18

10.   Papa’s Gonna Kiss It Better #8

11.   Lovely Lorraine #20

12.  Hello-A #5

13.  Do You Love Me? #2

14.  Liefde Is My Nooi Se Naam # 19

15.  Hazy Hazy #18

16.  Our Sweet Precious Love #9

17.  She Can’t Say That Anymore #5

18.  I Loved ‘Em Everyone #17

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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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