SA Rock Digest – this week ten years ago

SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE NUMBER 38

3rd November 1999 [edited 2nd November 2009]

The South African Rock Music Digest
is a free, subscription e-mag, edited
by Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar”
Segerman and delivered direct to your
e-mailbox.

Established January 1999

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INTRODUCTION
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This e-mag is a discussion forum for rock and pop music —
South African and International — past, present and future.

…and in the third millennium, the crowded madness came…
— It Started Out So Nice, Rodriguez, 1972

As we hurtle towards the end of the year / decade / century / millennium
(pick one or all of the above), the Digest will become more erratic,
less regular, still irreverent and always éRocking!

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SA MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD

The SA Rock Digest now has subscribers in the following countries…

Australia
Belgium
Botswana
Brazil
Canada
Central African Republic
England
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guam
Holland
Ireland
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Japan
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Russia
Scotland
Sweden
Switzerland
USA
Zambia
Zimbabwe

If you live in a country not mentioned above, please let me know.

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NEWS
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KING OF THE CASTLE

The Castle label (not to be confused with the beer!) is well-known among collectors in SA and abroad for their extensive re-issue programme.

Sony Music SA recently announced that they will be distributing Castle CDs in South Africa.

Rock collectors can look out for old classic Uriah Heep, ELP and Black Sabbath albums, all remastered with updated cover art, new detailed sleeve notes, lyrics and even bonus tracks in some cases.

For pop collectors there are wonderful compilations by Sandie Shaw, The Tremeloes, Petula Clark and Elkie Brooks. Also Justin Hayward and Mike Batt’s collaboration ‘Classic Blue’ which includes reworkings of various pop and rock standards.

A CD of Black Sabbath’s first album, creatively titled ‘Black Sabbath’ and including a bonus track ‘Wicked World’ (previously only available on the American release), to the first person to name the first 4 Black Sabbath albums.

And a CD of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s first album, titled…you guessed it… ‘Emerson, Lake and Palmer’, to the first person to give us the first names of the band members.

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AMERSHAM SPLIT

Amersham, who have been one of the top performing bands in South Africa over the past few years, have announced that they will be “disbanding”. The reason given is that their drummer, Tim Trotter, has decided to return to the UK. Amersham have been one of the more interesting SA pop/rock bands during the ’90’s and have toured constantly around the country supporting their four albums, the most recent of which, ‘Revolving Doors’, was a ‘Best Of’ collection.

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ORIGINAL EVERGREENS

Those wacky “multi-genre-lists” The Original Evergreen, have announced the imminent arrival of ‘Addictive Personalities’, their third release and first on the MELT2000 label. This CD is expected to hit the SA shelves within the next three weeks and closes off the ‘Puff The Magik/Burn The Evidence’ trilogy of singularly unclassifiable dub rap-hop sounds.

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IAFRICA.COM

Iafrica.com, the biggest web portal in South Africa, has launched Local Beat, a site dedicated to South African music in their entertainment site.

Here you can check out the featured band of the week as well as the featured celebrity, and learn some things about SA muso’s you would never have dreamed possible!

Also get well know music journalist Dave Chislett’s assessment of the gig to go to in your city in the recommended gigs section. If you disagree, you can link from here to the Powerzone to see what else is on in your area. You can also link to some of the coolest SA band sites and read South African music CD reviews.

Check it out at:

HOME

and head into the entertainment section

Dave Chislett

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NEW RELEASES
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INTERNATIONAL

LED ZEPPELIN – THE EARLY DAYS
a best of Led Zeppelin (part 1) for anybody who doesn’t already have every note ever laid down by these Legends of Rock.

http://wallofsound.go.com/news/stories/ledzeppelin102899.html

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ERIC CLAPTON – CLAPTON CHRONICLES – THE BEST OF 1981-1999
a compilation from Eric’s years with the Warner Brothers label including ‘Tears In Heaven’, ‘Layla (Acoustic)’, ‘Blue Eyes Blue’ (a new song from the “Runaway Bride” soundtrack) and many others from this master guitarist.

Also released on video.

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GENESIS – TURN IT ON AGAIN – THE HITS
A compilation of hits and including ‘The Carpet Crawl 99’ featuring guest vocals from Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

Track list at: http://www.genesis-web.com

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DAVID BOWIE – HOURS
includes the haunting ‘Thursday’s Child’

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SOUTH AFRICAN

PIET BOTHA – JAN SKOPGRAAF

The second album from South Africa’s cross between Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen is out now on Wildebeest Records. Haunting and humorous, this Afrikaans album tells stories about life and living in South Africa. Not as good as his 1995 outing ”n Suitcase Vol Winter’, but well-worth a listen.

http://pietbotha.com
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FAMOUS CURTAIN TRICK – LAND OF NO CADILLACS

New album from the Durban-based band who opened for Bryan Adams earlier this year.

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THE HONEYMOON SUITES

The Honeymoon Suites have finally released their debut full-length album, ‘Five Star’, the follow-up to their so-called ‘Greatest Hits’ EP from 1998. The Suites have been gigging relentlesly over the past two years, honing their exuberant and energetic stage show and style. As live acts go, there cannot be many SA bands who can match the invention and sheer entertainment of the songs from their legendary live sets. On ‘Five Star’ they have delivered a good-time album that does well to illustrate the band’s sound, songs and ensemble chemistry.

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BIG SKY

One of SA rock’s unsung heroes, Steve Louw, has just released his ‘Best Of The Decade’ collection. Louw has been playing under the name ‘Big Sky’ since the dissolution of his first band, All Night Radio, late in the 1980’s. Although he performs as Big Sky, Louw is essentially its only permanent member, recruiting musicians specifically for certain tasks. Louw wrote all these songs, which were recorded in America under the watchful eye (ear?) of some well known LA studio producers. The second Big Sky album, ‘Horizon’, won the 1997 SAMA award for “Rock Album of the Year” (highly deserved) and the band grabbed the prestiguous support slot for Rodriguez’ 1998 tour to SA.

See review below.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS – A NAARTJIE IN OUR SOSATIE

During the early ’80’s, Shifty Records was the home to many of the SA rock fraternity’s most ‘alternatief’ artists. Many of these tracks appeared on a vinyl compilation called ‘A Naartjie In My Sosatie’, including the Kalahari Surfers (‘Prayer For Civilisation’), National Wake (‘International News’), Bernoldus Niemand (‘Hou My Vas Korporaal’) and Roger Lucey (‘Storms And Fires’).

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FETISH – SO MANY PROPHETS

The new Fetish is album out – you can go listen to sound samples from it on
http://www.fetishmusic.co.za

thanks

Stefan
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WHATS ON
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JUST JINGER
Just Jinger are currently on their national tour to promote their new album ‘Here’s To You’. For more info and all those dates, see http://www.justjinger.co.za or http://www.bmg.co.za

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FESTIVAL OF LIVING TREASURES

More than 30 000 people are expected to attend the ‘The Festival of Living Treasures’ which will be held concurrently in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park on December 15 & 16 and in the Shongweni Resources Reserve on December 16, 17, 18 & 19. The combined festivities will present around 80 performances in more than 60 hours of music and dance over five days.

The projected line-up of acts reads like a “who’s who” on the national and international music scene. It includes Ginger Baker (UK); Oliver Mtukudzi & Mahube (Zimbabwe / SA); Yungchen Lhamo (Tibet); Sergio Dias (Brazil); Bob Brozman (USA); Joel Gonthier (France); Phil Manzanera (UK/ Cuba); Young Ba Cuba (Republic of Congo); Simba Morri (Kenya); Nestor Kornblum & Michele Averard with Patricia Almeyda (Spain / Peru); Lamine Konte (Senegal); Gito Baloi (Mozambique); Miriam Makeba; Ray Phiri & Stimela; Jimmy Dludlu; Mathew Van Der Want & Chris Letcher; Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata; Wendy Oldfield; Landscape Prayers, and “Guitars For Africa” (all from SA) to name but a few.

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ELAINE PAIGE

Elaine Paige is also coming to SA in November for a few performances, try http://www.ticketweb.co.za for info and tickets.

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ALANIS MORRISETTE

Alanis comes to SA in December…
more info at http://www.air.org.za

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PIET BOTHA

DIE SKOPGRAAF TOER – PIET BOTHA

NOV 4        DORPSTRAAT THEATRE, STELLENBOSCH
NOV 5        DORPSTRAAT THEATRE, STELLENBOSCH
NOV 6        DORPSTRAAT THEATRE, STELLENBOSCH
NOV 8        THE GRANGE THEATRE, BELLVILLE
NOV 9        THE GRANGE THEATRE, BELLVILLE
NOV 10 MELKBOSSKERM (WEST COAST)
NOV 11 WHAMMY BAR, TABLE VIEW
NOV 12 ROYAL HOTEL, RIEBEECKKASTEEL
NOV 13 JUFFROUSHOOGHTE, VREDENBURG

Hannalie Coetzee

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OBLIVIOUS ROCK

The Hangklip Hotel in Pringle Bay are hosting Oblivious Rock from 10 – 16 December 1999. This is an opportunity for young and upcoming bands/talent to present and promote themselves with Hangklip as a venue. Bands like Springbok Nude Girls, Valiant Swart and Akkedis had the same opportunity and developed to what we know and respect today. For more information contact Jacques at (028) 273 8448 or mailto:hangklip@iafrica.com

Oblivious Rock will be the appetizing build-up to the Mainstay Hangklip Rock Festival on 18 December. Watch relevant spaces for details.

Best regards

Jacques Rossouw

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REVIEWS
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BIG SKY – BEST OF THE DECADE
Stephen Segerman

When Big Sky won the SAMA award for Best Rock Act in the mid-’90’s, beating off a strong challenge from the younger turks of the SA rock scene (Urban Creep, Squeal), many folks’ reaction was “Who?”. A typical response towards an artist who has worked consistently since the early ’80’s to establish himself as one of SA’s foremost rock musicians. Steve Louw began his career with All Night Radio before creating Big Sky in 1990. With no other fixed band personnel involved, Louw worked with an assortment of producers and musicians, usually international, to create his ’90’s body of work. He worked with Kevin Shirley on the first album, ‘Waiting For The Dawn’, and then used the legendary producer and arranger, Shelley Yakus, for his second, ‘Horizon’, which was the album that won the SAMA award. The third album, ‘Going Down With Mr Green’, completed his trilogy of exceptional ’90’s rock albums.

But despite the quality of the material on these three albums, Steve Louw remained SA Rock’s “Invisible Man”. He popped up with a full band as the support to Rodriguez on his 1998 SA tour and caught the attention of a host of SA rock fans who then went looking for some of these albums. Now Steve has released a compilation of the best tracks off these three albums, and ‘Best Of The Decade’ is a worthy title and damn fine album. Besides the older hits like ‘Waiting For The Dawn’, Diamonds And Dust’, ‘Slow Dancing’, ‘One Cut With A Knife’, ‘Run To Me’, ‘Wasted’, and ‘Strange Room’, there are two new tracks – ‘Destiny’ and ‘Skin Deep’. Steve Louw is a no-frills rocker with an ear for elegaic melodies and intelligent lyrics. He deserves far more attention then he has received and hopefully this strong collection will achieve just that.

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FORUM
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ON THE EDGE

I have taped episodes 2,3 and 5 of “Edge” on the then TV1, directed by Cliff Graham for the SABC (MCMLXXXVII). The script was by Gus Silber and reflected the history of South African pop music (Hawk doing Orang Otang on stage and early Rabbitt at Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, sponsored by GAP jeans – fights and all!). In one of the episodes Cindy Alter of Clout was interviewed and the following comes out of that interview.

“Graham Beggs actually knew Glenda. Glenda was our keyboard player and Graham had managed Glenda’s band that she was with before. She told us there’s this manager, he’s got a record company, he’d like to see you. Can I bring him around one Saturday afternoon when we’re rehearsing? And that led on to another thing. Graham came to a few rehearsals – he liked what he saw . He saw some potential there and said “Look I’ve got a good song I’d like you to record”. And that was ‘Substitute’.”

“Mike Fuller and Clive Calder also approached Clout and said, “Please come with us we’ll make you famous” and Graham also said, “Come with me I’ll make you famous. At that stage we went with Graham because we were going overseas the next day. He said, “Sign the contract girls and we’ll go overseas – so we did.”

On the fact that “she hasn’t got millions and doesn’t drive a BMW or a Mercedes,” Cindy mentions that they, “–didn’t read the fine print and what ensued was not what we had expected.” She further states that, “It did become a bit of a puppet show with the grand master puppeteer raking in all the money and the poor little puppets getting put in the box at the end of the day.”

It is also interesting to note that according to the narrator, the fact that it came out that none of the members of Clout had actually played instruments on the single (‘Substitute’) and their places were secretly taken by an all male session band (Circus), helped lead to the “downfall of the group”.

Is there somebody out there who can pull a few strings to get “the Edge” series broadcast again or if that is not possible, to get it released on video tape?

Greetings
Dave Malherbe

For more info on ‘Substitute’ visit http://www.rock.co.za/files/sa_classic_songs.html

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PSYCHO REPTILES

Being a 80’s local music fan – I was wondering if you have any news re. Psycho Reptiles? Are they still around, my vinyl is getting played up!
Later Barfly

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FINCH AND HENSON

Would love to know if Brian Finch & Kenny Henson still make albums and where are they now. Used to have most of their albums but cannot remember the names. Can you please let me know the names of their albums and if these are available on CD. Can their albums be ordered on the Internet?

Maureen McKinnon

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PEDRO THE MUSIC MAN

I am based in CT and very well known by children, those who used to be
children when the Kideo series were shown and their parents of course.
I see myself as a music teacher who uses story-telling as a way to
introduce children to African musical instruments and the pleasure of
making music with self-made instruments.

I am not appearing on TV at the moment but my music is playing every
morning on School TV (sung by the Pezoulies puppets). Of course nobody
watches these programs at the moment since the intended audience is at
school!!!
I do my own recording at home with Cubase VST on a Mac platform and been enjoying it. The Pezouli songs have come out all kinds of flavours (I believe in exposing children to as wide a variety of music as possible.). Many SA musical forms such as Kwela, Marabi, Mbaqanga and then the whole African diaspora stuff such as Blues, Bossa, Salsa with quite a lot of the material turning out quite “rocky”. I even have a song on transport with the Jew’s harp which sound a lot like J.J.Cale.

Also, if you have an advertising section, I am probably the only musician in SA who is not yet “booked” for the great millennium bit. Not sure I want to be working on that day either…
Somewhere somehow there must be some very rich parents planning the mother of all children parties.

Stay well

Pedro

http://users.iafrica.com/m/mu/musicman

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BLUE WATER

Can anyone help with the official original lyrics for the song (TAKE ME BACK TO) BLUE WATER by Julian Laxton Band? It was a hit in SA and Zimbabwe as a single but I have never been able to decipher all the lyrics. Perhaps someone has the sheet music with the official lyric? Would appreciate the help.

Many thanks in advance

Chris Kimberley

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JEREMY TAYLOR
Rod Currin

Editor’s brother (in case you didn’t guess from the name): I listened to that LP [Spike Milligan and Jeremy Taylor, issue #37 – ed] so many times you could almost hear the other side playing!
I actually met Jeremy Taylor when we were videoing a conference that he and Malie Kelly were performing at. (Sorry for the grammar!). No, they
appeared one after the other, not together.
While my colleagues buzzed around Malie like flies around – well, you know – I had a great chat with Jeremy (well, I DID address him as “Jeremy”). He was most amazed how many of his songs I knew from the LP, since those songs were never released in SA. As he says on the LP: “I wrote a lot of songs while in SA, many of which were recorded, all of which were banned!”
He even sang one song to me (just me!) and we both agreed it would not go down well with the specific audience that night, so I guess I can say I was a music consultant for him, albeit VERY briefly and unofficially!

No, it’s not my fault that he advertised tea-bags on TV. That was BEFORE I met him…

Cheers

Rod
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HIDDEN GEMS
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PRISONERS OF WAR – DAVID KRAMER (from KLASSIC KRAMER) and
GOEIE NAG GENERAAL – PIET BOTHA (from ‘n SUITCASE VOL WINTER)

2 very different songs about the border war in South Africa. David Kramer sings in English and is very serious when he asks “what were we fighting for?” Piet Botha offers the answer; “die OK bazaars and die hele bladdy spul by die SAUK”. Piet’s song is thunderingly powerful with a stunning guitar solo.

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ON THE NET
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MUZE
http://www.muze.com

Incredible online music database and completely searchable.

Their Top 1000 albums list is particularly interesting and very detailed with cover scans, track listings, release dates, musician info and sound files.

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KOOS KOMBUIS

For a while now, the only website dedicated to the world, words and music of Koos Kombuis was Bomskok Babbelaas (http://www.lia.net/agrobler/Bomskok.htm). Now Mr Kombuis has decided to do it himself and you can find his new site at: http://www.kooskombuis.co.za

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MUSICA ROCKS THE NET
Yvonne McDonnagh

Musica hits the World Wide Web and cyber space will never be the same again. The focus is on entertainment and on the cutting edge of new technology, but most of all it’s fun! Check out the funkiest designs ever seen on the Web in this country and click through to a multiplicity of rooms offering news, reviews, chart updates, flashbacks, live chats, live Web radio, links, sound bites, video clips and the latest gossip about what’s happening in music, both local and international.

http://www.musica.co.za

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A chronological history of Rodriguez: the man, the myth, the music

By Brian Currin

1942
10 July

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

“I like to tell people that I was born on Michigan Avenue, five blocks from the centre of Detroit.” – Rodriguez

1967
AprilRodriguez records 6 tracks for the Impact record label in Detroit, most of which will be re-recorded for the Cold Fact and Coming From Reality albums.
AugustI’ll Slip Away, produced by Harry Balk, is released as a single by Impact Records in the USA and credited to Rod Riguez. This track will be re-recorded in 1972. The b-side is You Got To Admit It.
23 September“Rod Riguez could make a name for himself with this bluesy, mid-tempo rock ballad. Keep it in sight.” – Cashbox reviewing I’ll Slip Away single
1969
August/SeptemberCold Fact recorded at Tera-Shirma Studio in Detroit. Arranged and produced by Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey.
1970
March/AprilCold Fact is released on the Sussex label, but fails to sell. The album will be re-issued in South Africa in 1971 and again in 1974 and will become a cult classic among National Servicemen and University students.
18 AprilBillboard gives Cold Fact a 4 star review.
Mid-to-late 1970Recording sessions for Coming From Reality held over 3 weeks at Lansdowne Studios in London during mid-to-late 1970. Produced by Steve Rowland.
“We spent 30 wonderful days recording the Reality album. We stayed in Belgravia, London.” – Rodriguez
1971-1995
April 1971Cold Fact released in South Africa.
November 1971Coming From Reality released in USA, but does not sell.
1972I Think Of You/To Whom It May Concern 7″ single released in Brazil and both sides are played on Brazilian local radio.
1972Coming From Reality released in South Africa.
1972Steve Rowland (Coming From Reality producer) and Family Dogg release an album titled The View From Rowland’s Head which includes five Rodriguez-penned tracks.
1972/73Street Boy, I’ll Slip Away and Can’t Get Away recorded at GM Recording Studios, East Detroit, MI.
1976Coming From Reality re-issued in South Africa again, but now re-named After The Fact to capitalise on success of Cold Fact.
June 1977At His Best released in Australia
May 1978Cold Fact released in Australia.
January 1979Coming From Reality released in Australia.
March /April 1979Rodriguez tours Australia.Shows on 17th and 18th March are recorded for a live album.
October 1981Tour of Australia with Midnight Oil.
October 1981Rodriguez Alive, recorded during the 1979 Australian tour, is released in Australia and New Zealand only. Has not yet been released on CD.
1981Rodriguez graduates from Wayne State University (Detroit) with a BA in Philosophy.
1982The Best Of Rodriguez released in South Africa, with the same tracks as the Australian At His Best album, but with a different cover.
1986At His Best and Cold Fact re-issued in Australia by Blue Goose Music.
22 April 1991Cold Fact released on CD in South Africa.
1993At His Best and Cold Fact released on CD in Australia.
1996
30 AprilComing From Reality / After The Fact released on CD in South Africa with sleeve notes by Mad Andy Harrod and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman.
17 SeptemberSpurred on by the sleeve notes of After The Fact, South African journalist Craig Bartholomew sets off in search of Rodriguez.
NovemberThe Best Of Rodriguez re-issued on CD in South Africa with extra tracks.
1997
AprilThe Great Rodriguez Hunt website is published by Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Alec McCrindle.
3 AugustCraig Bartholomew makes telephone contact with Mike Theodore.
6 AugustThe first post (by Alec McCrindle) appears on The Great Rodriguez Hunt message board.
12 SeptemberEva Alicia Rodriguez Koller publishes a message on The Great Rodriguez Hunt Message Board: “Rodriguez is my father! I’m serious.”
15 SeptemberStephen Segerman speaks to Rodriguez on the phone.
OctoberCraig Bartholomew’s article “Looking For Rodriguez” published in “Directions” magazine.
25 OctoberBrian Currin publishes the “Climb Up On My Music” website, a catalogue of information and trivia about Rodriguez and his music.
26 OctoberNewspaper report on Stephen Segerman finding Rodriguez appears in The Sunday Times Cape Metro. This article refers to Craig Bartholomew as “a music detective”.
27 OctoberThe Great Rodriguez Hunt website becomes The Great Rodriguez Website as the hunt is now over.
NovemberI’ll Slip Away, originally released as a single in 1967, is released on The Best Of Impact Records compilation CD
1998
11 FebruaryEva announces on The Rodriguez Forum website that Rodriguez is coming to tour South Africa.
16 FebruaryCape Times newspaper publishes an article announcing Cape Town concerts for March 6 & 7.
17 FebruaryThe Star newspaper publishes a report confirming dates for the South African tour in March.
20 FebruaryThe Mail & Guardian newspaper publishes an interview with Rodriguez by Craig Bartholomew.
2 MarchRodriguez arrives in Cape Town, South Africa.
5 MarchRodriguez is interviewed on MNet TV program “Front Row” and performs I Wonder unplugged in the studio.
6 MarchSouth African tour opens at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town. Rodriguez is greeted with a standing ovation and the crowd sings along to every song.
9 MarchSold-out concert at Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg. After the show Rodriguez is awarded a platinum disc for Cold Fact (over 50 000 units sold in South Africa).
10 MarchAnother sold-out show at the Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg. This show is recorded to be released as a live album, Live Fact.
23 MarchSouth Africa rock band Just Jinger release 6-track EP CD Something For Now with a cover version of Sugar Man. This song has long been part of their stage repertoire.
12 JuneLive Fact, recorded on 10th March 1998, is released in South Africa.
12-14 JuneRodriguez tours Sweden.
16 JuneRodriguez appears on stage with Just Jinger at the State Of The Nation Concert at the Standard Bank Arena, but does not perform.
17 JuneRodriguez plays a Record Company bash at The Blues Room in Johannesburg to launch the Live Fact album. Tickets by invitation only.
1999
SeptemberUniversal Music (South Africa), the distributors of the Rodriguez back catalogue (except for Live Fact which is on the Sony label), confirm that they will no longer be pressing or distributing Rodriguez CDs.
2001
April30th anniversary of the release of Cold Fact in South Africa.
5 July‘Dead Men Don’t Tour’ documentary produced by Tonia Selley broadcast on SABC 3 TV.
10 JulyStephen Segerman visits Rodriguez in Detroit for his 59th birthday and presents him with a copy of the ‘Dead Men Don’t Tour’ video documentary.
September16-date tour of South Africa
2002
15 AprilRodriguez ‘Sugarman’ + Muddy Waters ‘Tom Cat’ released as 500 limited edition 7-inch single, taken from David Holmes’ mix album ‘Come Get It I Got It’.
1 JuneThe “Climb Up On My Music” and “The Great Rodriguez Website” websites combine as http://www.sugarman.org.
8 JulyPT Music South Africa announces that Cold Fact and After The Fact will soon be available in South Africa on CD again.
10 JulyRodriguez’s 60th birthday.
15 JulyTim Forster’s article on Rodriguez appears in Mojo magazine.
28 JulyCold Fact re-issued in South Africa by PT Music. The Sugarman.org website is involved in correcting the lyrics and providing additional information.
OctoberAfter The Fact re-issued on CD by PT Music in South Africa. The Sugarman.org website is involved in correcting the lyrics and providing additional information.
DecemberSugarman listed at number 34 in “The 100 Greatest Drug Songs Ever!” published in the December 2002 issue of UK magazine Mojo.
2003-2007
17 & 18 April 2003Rodriguez meets David Holmes at Avatar Studios (formally the Power Station) and adds backing vocals to a new recording of Sugarman.
1 September 2003Official release of the Free Association’s version of Sugarman on Mercury Records.
10 July 2004Rodriguez arrives in Windhoek, Namibia from Detroit on his 62nd birthday and is met by his daughter, Eva, who now lives in South Africa.
15 July 2004Rodriguez performs a one-off concert in a place called Otjiwarongo. This small Namibian town is approximately 400kms from Windhoek. This concert is part of the Cheetah National Arts Festival.
1 August 2004Article appears in Sunday Times about Rodriguez meeting up with South African musicians, Garden Root.
13-14 August 2004Rodriguez plays three sold-out concerts on the Garden Route in the Southern Cape this weekend. His band for these concerts was Graeme Sindall (lead guitar), Heath Sindall (drums), and Neil Lord (bass).
August 2005Remastered version of Cold Fact released by PT Music.
12 August 2005London gigs announced.
29 September 2005Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez CD, compiled by PT Music and SugarMan.org, is launched at the Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town with a performance by Rodriguez.
7 & 8 October 2005Rodriguez plays live in London for the first time.
23 November 2006Rodriguez plays live in London again.
April 2007Rodriguez plays live in Australia.
14th April 2007Rodriguez plays live in Rotterdam, Holland.
2008
19th AugustCold Fact remastered and re-issued in the USA by Light In The Attic.
 Rodriguez articles and positive reviews appear in various music magazines including Mojo and Uncut.
2009
5th MayComing From Reality remastered and re-issued in the USA by Light In The Attic.
May to AugustRodriguez tours USA and Europe.The world’s biggest cult musician gains worldwide recognition at last.
August/September40th Anniversary of the recording sessions for Cold Fact.
SeptemberRodriguez tours South Africa
SeptemberAll The Facts 2CD set released by PT Music in South Africa.
2010
23rd JanuaryAustralian Tour for March / April 2010 announced.
March40th Anniversary of the release of Cold Fact

Cape Town Sound – 40 Songs from 6 Decades (1950 to 2009)

A playlist compiled by Tertius Louw

  1. The Rockets (50’s) – Enchantment, Columbia Carnival Series, TSA 36
  2. Derek Petersen and the Escapades – Hanover Street Kwela, Meteor PR 1039
  3. The Substitutes – Elsiesrivier, Meteor PR 1027
  4. Gemini 4 Plus 1 – Heideveld Kwela, Meteor PR 1022
  5. Nur Abrahams – Welcome To Cape Town, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  6. Chico Levy and the Rhythm Aces – Only A Fool, Meteor PR 1052
  7. The Mustangs – Kongo Kwela, Meteor PR 1012
  8. The Lunar Five – She’s a Yum Yum, AVS AV-25/5
  9. Zane Adams and the Flames –You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Rave R 286
  10. The Rockets (60’s) – Argie, CBS SSC 972
  11. Walter Brown – Creation Of Love, Rave R 298
  12. Deelah and The Invaders – The More I See You, Heart And Soul Of The Invaders CD, CDREDD 689 (JN)
  13. Restless Children – Hard To Reach You, Cape Gold CD, HIPCD 059
  14. Sailors – Crying Time, Cape Gold CD, HIPCD 059
  15. Ricardo – I Love You Daddy, Cape Gold CD, HIPCD 059
  16. Extraction – By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Cape Gold CD, HIPCD 059
  17. The Prumes – Sexy Ways, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  18. Lionel Petersen – Private Number, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  19. The Hippies – Danger Zone, Continental PD 9398
  20. Richard Jon Smith – Michael Row The Boat Ashore, SA Party CD, CDEMIMD (WA) 314
  21. Little Ronnie Joyce – Give A Little Love, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  22. Jonathan Butler – Please Stay, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  23. The Rockets (70’s) – Gimme A Break, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  24. Bernie Brown – The Shape Of Things To Come, World Record Co, ORS 637
  25. Taliep Petersen – (first solo recording), Before You Go, Cape Town Spectacular Album Vol 2, Meteor MLP 1166
  26. D-Fenders – Castle Kwela, Meteor PR – CT – 105
  27. Sam Brown Singers – Oh Sweet Soul, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  28. Emo Adams – But I Do, Tall Dark And Afrikaans, Select Music CD
  29. Alistair Izobel – Venus, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  30. Nancy Jacobs and her Sisters – Meadowlands, Marabi Disco CD, CDZAC61
  31. Lionel Petersen with The Invaders – I’ve Got Dreams To Remember, Heart and Soul Of The Invaders CD, CDREDD 689 (JN)
  32. Phantom Five – Soul Finger, I’ve Got Dreams To Remember Album, Philips 9299 351
  33. Bridgitte – Yours Completely, Cape Town Party CD, CDCCP (WA) 1378
  34. Zayn Adams and Pacific Express – The Greatest Love Of All, Gull GUL 1013
  35. The Big Beats – Crumbs, Columbia 45-TSA 61
  36. The Boys – In A Matter Of A Moment, Cape Town Spectacular Album Vol 2, Meteor MLP 1166
  37. Bones Delight – Get Ready, Soul Survivor CD, MATCD1
  38. Jerico – Ice Cream And Suckers, Kongo Kwela CD, BAYCD2
  39. Bloodshed – Goodnite My Love, Cape Gold CD, HIPCD 059
  40. Sasha Lee – True Believer, Sonymusic CD Single

A number of these songs can be found on Cape Town Party, which Tertius Louw helped to compile.

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