Growing up in the 70’s in South Africa, I listened to the radio all the time (we only got TV in about 1976!) .
This mix, compiled mostly from old vinyl singles, features some of the songs I heard on the radio between 1973 and 1978. Most of them are obscure, and didn’t chart, but I remember them all with great fondness.
South African Chart History can be found at http://rock.co.za/files/sarock_charts.html
This is part of my “Old, New, Borrowed & Blues” series which features old classic tunes, new or more recent songs, a few cover versions and a blues-ey track or two.
This is a chronological mix of glam rock-style songs, starting with Bang A Gong (Get It On) by T Rex in 1971 and ending in 2016 with Mercury Rise by Electric Eye which has a similar feel to that T. Rex classic.
Other artists include David Bowie, Wizzard, The Donnas, Primal Scream, Wonderboom, Muse & Kongos
All South African and almost all blues.
The Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – 14 September 2016
On the 4th of October 2012, at age 53, I started something new in my life, presenting a two-hour blues show on the then brand new internet radio station, All Jazz Radio. Despite my reluctance founder Eric Alan encouraged me to give it a go, and here we are four years later!
As my father said recently; “you are just making mixtapes like you always did when you were a teenager, except now the technology has changed, and you are getting to share your love and passion for music with other people.”
I play an eclectic mix of Jazz & Blues, with a special focus on South African artists.
I call the show “The Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show“ because I wander around the world of music picking up scraps of information from all over and everywhere.
The Vagabond Jazz & Blues show can be heard every Wednesday between 6pm and 8pm (Central African Time) on All Jazz Radio.
Podcast from 13 June 2013 featuring interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis
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