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Waikiki Man – Jessica Jones

Waikiki Man - Jessica Jones

Waikiki Man – Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones hailed from Glamorgan in Wales, but made her way to South Africa and decided to stay. Perhaps scoring a number 1 hit with ‘Sunday Monday Tuesday’ persuaded her to make SA her home. Her second hit, ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ went to 9 and ‘Waikiki Man’, which was produced by none other than David Gresham, made it to 13.

Despite the title referring to Waikiki, a beachfront neighbourhood of Honolulu in Hawaii, the sound of the song does not conjure up images of white sands, blue seas and flowery garlands, it is too much of a glam pop stomp to do this, starting as it does with a guitar intro that Damon Albarn and the boys from Blur surely must have heard before they wrote the intro to ‘Parklife’.

The song was written by Dutch producer and song writer Peter Koelewijn who also penned Maria’s ‘Clap Your Hands And Stamp You Feet’ and its quite appropriate becase this is a song designed to clap your hands and stamp your feet to. It was a European hit for Bonnie St Clair, going to 4 in Belgium, 5 in Holland, 14 in Austria and 30 in Germany. Not to be outdone, Jessica’s version was also a hit beyond our borders, getting to number 1 in what was then Rhodesia and managing to keep David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ off the top spot there. It also managed to get to 12 in New Zeland according to the information I have found although the sleeve notes to ‘Yesterday’s Best Vol 1’ say that it topped the charts there, but I have not been able to verify that.

Jessica has since returned to the UK, but she certainly made her mark on the SA pop scene in the 1970s and ‘Waikiki Man’ was one of those noticeable marks.

Where to find it:
Yesterday’s Best Vol 1, 1995, Teal, MORCD502

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Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Jessica Jones

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Jessica Jones

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday - Jessica Jones

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Jessica Jones

‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ was the second single from Jessica Jones. It followed up 1971’s ‘Baby I Love You’. The latter failed to chart on the Springbok Top 20, but did make the old LM Radio charts where it had a 27 week run. ‘Sunday, Monday, Tuesday’ gave her the SA Top 20 breakthrough, spending 26 weeks in total on the charts and topping them for 3 weeks from 11 August 1971. She was the first local woman to top the charts since Cornelia almost 4 years earlier. The next 4 local number 1’s were by women as well (Barbara Ray, Lauren Copley, Maria and Gwynneth Ashley Robin), so one could say this was a bit of a trend setting song.

It’s a bright and breezy pop tune with a bit of a stomp-along country rhythm going on. The latter sound seems to have stuck with Jessica as she re-recorded the song for her 2012 album ‘Coming Around Again’ where she has pushed it even more into that direction. The lyrics are as upbeat as the music, talking about enjoying every day as it comes.

In 1978 another local group, Sweet Promise, recorded a funky soul version of the song which they took to number 19 on the Springbok charts. This is also worth checking out as with only 3 days in the title, this song could not be called week.

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)

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Snippet of the Re-recorded version here:
http://www.jessicajones.biz/samples/SMT.html

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