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Monkey Shine – John E Sharpe & The Squires

Monkey Shine – John E Sharpe & The Squires

John E Sharpe & The Squires

John E Sharpe & The Squires

John E Squire was a busy man in the 60s. He played in The Hustlers, The Deans, John E Sharpe & The Squires, Impulse, Board Of Directors, Crystal Drive and Music Corporation as well as working with Mel And Mel, Gene Rockwell, Quentin E Klopjaeger and The Gonks. He also ran the Downstairs Club in Johannesburg and set up MSC Studio.

As John E Sharpe & The Squires they produced one album – ‘Maybelline’ which opened with the cracking ‘Monkey Shine’. The song was also released as a single and is two and a half minutes of rushing, banging, howling, barraging beat sounds that would have the music speed cops after them in a second if such a law enforcement establishment existed. It is psychedelic on speed and has attracted enough international interest to be included on the compilation ‘Let’s Dig ‘Em Up!!!’ series.  If you can lay your hands on it, stick it on your turntable and go ape!.

Where to find it:
As far as I can tell it’s not available on any CD, but can be found on these vinyl LPs:
Maybelline – John E Sharpe & The Squires (1966) CBS, ALD 6962
Let’s Dig ‘Em Up!!! 18 Killing Garage Lashes From The Pulverizing 60’s – Various Artists (1998) No Tyme
Savage Sounds From South Africa (2003) Springbok Beat,

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2 thoughts on “Monkey Shine – John E Sharpe & The Squires

  1. Grahame Beggs on said:

    One of the most underrated SA bands. I produced the album Maybelline

  2. Graheme- any way we could get in touch? I’d like to talk to you about this time if possible. Please email me at adapteradapter@gmail.com if you see this

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