Okay, so this is a little bit of a cheat as Scobie was actually a Rhodie (person from what was then Rhodesia for those who don’t know what I’m talking about). But ‘Gypsy Girl’ was such a big hit for him in South Africa and it was included in The Best of SA Pop compilation, so I’m not the first to take this liberty.
With his scarily Neil Diamond-esque vocals, Scobie crafted this catchy tune about a girl who loves and leaves guys with apparent ease. The song with its distinctive bass intro, has all the makings of a Neil Diamond hit because apart from the similarlities of the vocals, there is the catchy tune, guitar and orchestration and build up to the chorus.
‘Gypsy Girl’ spent 19 weeks on the Springbok Top 20 back in 1981 and this was more than any other song managed that year, beating Joe Dolce’s ‘Shaddap Your Face’ which managed second with 17 weeks. ‘Gypsy Girl’ peaked at number 5. Check out the Youtube video as it is one of the few original music video’s of ‘SA’ hits from that era that one can find on the web and you will see a very fresh-faced Scobie looking nothing like his voice sound and doing that a good few years before Rick Astley came along and did the same thing.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 2 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40486 (CD)