Posts Tagged With: Billy Forrest

Pop Gear SA, Vol 1, no 8, August 1966

In 1966 Billy launched a Music Magazine called POP GEAR SA with the main purpose of promoting South African artists and it featured only South African artists on the front cover : The Bats / Jody Wayne / Emil Dean Zoghby / John Sharpe & The Squires / The 004s / other

Jody Wayne on cover of Pop Gear, August 1966

Jody Wayne on cover of Pop Gear, August 1966

Pop Gear, page 3

Pop Gear, page 3

Pop Gear, p 19 : Leemen Hit Despite Ban
Leemen Ltd

Leemen Ltd

Leeman Ltd. - Under My Thumb

Leeman Ltd. - Under My Thumb

(All scans provided by Billy Forrest)
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Billy Forrest – the living legend! (part one: 1961 – 1966)

Billy Forrest

Billy Forrest

Billy Forrest

Billy Forrest

Malcolm Lombard wrote the following about this formidable artist who made his first recording exactly 50 YEARS ago:

“Tenacity, determination, perseverance, an uncompromising stickler on quality, sheer guts and, not least of all, loads of talent have made Billy Forrest a living legend in the South African music industry. An unparalleled 17 chart entries on Springbok Radio’s Top 20 … compares favourably to a select few of the world’s top recording artists. His versatility as a hit-making producer of some of our country’s biggest successes, too, is legendary. One cannot but respect the man. Sustained success over a period of 50 years is seldom achieved by any artist – local or international!”

Billy, Adrian Strydom, Bobby Angel and John Linderman are currently (2011) working on a CD project involving an overseas artist, but let’s go back to 1961 when Billy started his recording career. We sincerely hope this overview of Billy’s career as a singer and a producer will convince SAMA officials that a special award for this Legend’s contribution to SA music is long overdue. What do you say??

Meet The Giants

Meet The Giants

HMV 1961 : Billy Forrest and the Giants

7-Single

1. Dark lonely street / My heart and I (78 rpm)

Album

1. Meet the Giants

Little Archie And The Twisters

Little Archie And The Twisters

CONTINENTAL 1962 : Billy Forrest with Little Archie and the Twisters

7-Singles

1. Don’t knock upon my door
2. Comin’ up in the world
3. Forty days

Album

1. Twistin’ wild (also featuring Bobby Angel/other)

Extended Play Single

‘Silva Bera and Billy Forrest with Arch Hunter & His Combo at Archies’, recorded  8 May 1962

Your eyes say kiss me  (Silva Bera)

Last date  (Arch Hunter)

My love for you  (Billy Forrest)

Wheels  (Arch Hunter)

CONTINENTAL 1963: Billy Forrest with the Arch Hunter Combo

7-Singles

1. Dancin’ shoes
2. Somebody’s smiling
3. Little Dutch village (unissued)

Come Back To Me

Come Back To Me

CONTINENTAL 1963: Billy Forrest – solo

7-Single

1. It might as well rain until September

Album

1. Come back to me (Gallotone label)

RENOWN 1963: Billy Forrest and the Veterans

7-Single

1. Cross my heart

Billy Forrest – Solo (1963 – 1966)

7-Singles

1. 500 Miles
2. Miller’s cave
3. Burning bridges
4. Hello operator (#1 hit   on Springbok Radio Top 20)
5. Wrong number
6. Seven letters
7. Wind me up (let me go)
8. Looking back
9. Still
10. Lonelyville

Albums

1. Billy Forrest
2. Seven letters

To be continued……

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Billy Forrest Career Timeline: 1961 – 2011 (part two: 1966 – 1990)

The Dream Merchants

The Dream Merchants

The Dream Merchants (1966 – 1969 & 1987)
7-Singles

1. Love minus zero
2. Time and the river
3. The Rattler / Don’t be proud
4. The Rattler / I’ll be with you in apple blossom time (UK/US release)
5. Temptation
6. Hang on to a dream
7. I’m gonna love you
8. Dream on

Albums

1. Predictions and things
2. Hang on to a dream
3. Dream on

Sad Simon Lives Again

Sad Simon Lives Again

Quentin E Klopjaeger(1968 – 1972)
7-Singles

1. Lazy life
2. Lover’s lane Wednesday
3. Toyland
4. Melody fayre
5. Weather man
6. Abergavenny
7. Jenifer Tomkins
8. We’re all playing in the same band
9. Give me that pistol
10. Water it down

Albums

1. Sad Simon lives again
2. Fantasy

Billy Forrest – solo (1967 – 1988)
7-Singles

1. Hello lover
2. My own true love
3. First love never dies
4. Little little Lulu
5. Jody and the kid
6. Hello-A
7. The ceremony
8. I am what I am
9. I hear those churchbells ringing
10. Liefde is my nooi se naam
11. Hallo lief

sheet music (Gee my jou hand ‘b’ side of Hallo lief)

sheet music (Gee my jou hand ‘b’ side of Hallo lief)

12. Net ‘n soewenier
13. Verlore liefde
14. Oh Rosanna
15. For the first time
16. Our sweet precious love
17. This house runs on sunshine
18. Wys die weg
19. Oor veld en vlaktes
20. How lonely are you bein’
21. Looking for a feeling
22. Evangiline
23. Looking for a feeling
24. Rosa lief
25. The loquat tree
26. Jy alleen
27. Mammy
28. She can’t say that anymore
29. I loved ’em everyone
30. Are we in love
31. Nice ‘n easy

Albums

1. Running gun
2. Hello-A
3. Do you love me
4. Liefde is my nooi se naam
5. Lookin’ for a feeling
6. Rosa lief
7. My kinda country
8. Wings of a dove
9. Whispering hope
10. Billy Forrest and friends
11. Waters of life
12. Country’s greatest hits

Candid Camera (1968)

7-Single

1.Michaelangelo

UK Psychedelic Music and Billy Forrest

CD: The Dream Of Michael Angelo – The 23rd Turnoff

“Although this 21-track compilation is credited to the 23rd Turnoff, in fact it’s a combination of recordings by the Kirkbys, the mid-’60s Merseybeat group led by Jimmy Campbell, and the 23rd Turnoff, the more psychedelic band they evolved into in 1967. It reveals Campbell as perhaps the most unheralded talent to come out of the Liverpool ’60s rock scene, as he was a songwriter capable of both spinning out engaging Merseybeat and — unlike almost every other artist from the city, with the notable exception of the Beatles — making the transition to quality, dreamy psychedelia. …….. “Michael Angelo,” the A-side of the sole 23rd Turnoff single, is certainly the highlight, and indeed a highlight of 1967 British psychedelia as a whole in its hazy bittersweet swirl; you also get not one, but two unreleased studio versions of the same tune as well. It seems as if Campbell needed just a bit more encouragement, and his groups just a little more studio time, to develop into a notable British psychedelic group ……………”

(Source: http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-dream-of-michelangelo-mw0000351105)

Comment:The classic Michael Angelo was covered by a South African studio outfit ‘Candid Camera’ and issued on the Scepter label in 1968. The vocalist was none other than William Boardman – Billy Forrest – Quentin E Klopjaeger – William E!  Benjy Mudie likes it too, and we are crossing our fingers that the ‘Candid Camera’ version will feature on the next Retro Fresh ‘Astral Days’ cd compilation.

Billy Forrest wrote: “Wow! You’ve come up with something I have completely forgotten about. Could you send me a MP3, I’m sure I will be able to work out the who’s and what’s. I think it was a ‘studio’ thing and that Candid Camera was kinda made up.”

Discographical Information – 7 single 

Michaelangelo (note spelling)/I need you, Scepter Records, SCE 755, 1968 (Billy Forrest Production)

Michaelangelo

Michaelangelo

Dennis (1971)

7-Single

1. Joey, the lipstick collector

William E (1971 – 1973)

7-Singles

1. Papa’s gonna kiss it better
2. It miek
3. Lovely Lorraine
4. Sing-a-song

Albums

1. Papa’s gonna kiss it better
2. Lovely Lorraine

Over The Hillbillies (1989 – 1992)

Albums

1. Friends forever
2. OTH
3. Dance with me darlin’

To be continued……

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