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Die Ou Kraal Liedjie – Virginia Lee & Nick Taylor

Die Ou Kraal Liedjie – Virginia Lee & Nick Taylor

Die Ou Kraal Liedjie – Virginia Lee & Nick Taylor

Virginia Lee was the darling of South African music in the late 50’s and the early 60’s. She would have a few Springbok top 20 hits, including ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’, a duet with the America singer Slim Whitman. On this version of the Afrikaans standard, she teams up with Nick Taylor.

The song was arranged by Dirkie de Villiers who was the son of the composer of the music (not the words) to Die Stem, M.L. de Villiers. One source says that it was subsequently found that the melody for ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’ was actually lifted from a song called ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do’, but listening to the various versions of the latter on Youtube, I can’t see the similarity.

That said, Virginia’s version of this classic, is a delightful one with her lovely voice adding the sunshine to the green fields banjo plucking and the gentle breeze guitar. Virginia’s vocals are at the forefront of the song and give this version its personality while Nick Taylor’s backing vocals support the star of the show, complimenting it, but never stealing its limelight.

So dust off your bandolintjie (if you have managed to work out what it is), sit out on the porch to watch the sunny summer’s day go by and sign along to ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’.

Where to find it:

Afrikaanse Goue Jare Vol 2 – Various Artists (1996)

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Make Her An Angel – Roy Bulkin

Make Her An Angel – Roy Bulkin

Make Her An Angel - Roy Bulkin

Make Her An Angel – Roy Bulkin

 

Roy Bulkin’s music career took off when he was the cover version voice on the Springbok Hits album, singing ‘Morning Has Broken.’ He went on from there to have a distinguished career, scoring 6 top 20 hits in South Africa. One of his most successful chart appearances was in 1977 with ‘Make Her An Angel’ which peaked at number 6, his highest chart placing (he also achieved this with ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’)

The song was penned by Nick Taylor and is a song of lost love, expounding the virtues of the loved one, saying she is too good for him and “you take and you make her an angel…because she sure as hell’s too good to live with me down here on earth.” Bulkin’s voice was well suited to the song and at times sounds a little like Taylor himself. It’s not too hard to see why the South African public took to the song back in the 70’s. He probably wouldn’t score a hit with it today, as his voice doesn’t sound ‘Idols’ enough. It was, however,  definitely a song of its time

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 3 (1994) GSP, CDREDD 610

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