Way back in 1927 a girl called Virginia de Jager was born in Port Elizabeth. 39 years later in 1966, she recorded a song called ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’ which took her to her highest ever placing in the Springbok Top 20 as the song made it to number 3 and spent 9 weeks in the charts.
A country-tinged ballad, Lee had the perfect voice for such a song with enough of a twang to capture the country sound, but not too much of a twang to be irritating. Her voice is underpinned by a gently rocking guitar and beat. It has all the ingredients of those late 50’s early 60’s rock n’ roll ballads and when you realise that ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’ was originally recorded in 1957 by The Lovers, a duo consisting of Allen Bunn, the song’s writer, and his wife Anna Sanford. That version would make it to number 48 on the Billboard charts in the US. But most South Africans who know the song would probably look to Virginia’s version when wanting to stroll hand in hand with their gal/guy down memory lane.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)