Vicki – Lance James
Lance James is a name synonymous with South African country music, but with ‘Vicki’, we find him in more of a ballad mode than country ballad. The song was taken from the 1970 Afrikaans film called ‘Vicki’ which starred Sandra Britz, Johan Esterhuizen and Leonie Ross.
The song is full of harpsichords, gently flowing stings and women singing ‘aahh!’ over which James’ vocals vascillate between being a bit Jim Reeves-y and soaring as a Ge Korsten wannabe, but he does managed to get the mood of the piece very well, injecting emotion and desperation into his singing which would have fitted in well with the film which was about a guy who falls in love with a girl and the girl’s parents do everything in their power to keep them apart. It is a song of longing and of loving.
‘Vicki’ would be Lance James’ 2nd top 20 hit on the Springbok charts (after ‘Dankie’). It charted on 2 April 1971 and it made to to number 4 during a 14 week run on the charts.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD40485