IS THIS AP­PLE THE REAL DEAL?

Mojo (UK) - - Ask Fred -

I re­cently ac­quired a 1968 sin­gle on the Ap­ple la­bel (APB 189), the one run by The Bea­tles. It’s made in South Africa, by a band/artist called Abafana Be Myunge. The A-side is called Uyan­diza Umabeng­wane, the B-side is Siyav Ungazela. On the la­bel it’s de­scribed as Sax Jive. Can’t find it any­where on the web. Can you help? Fred De Vries, via e-mail

Fred says: Bea­tles and Ap­ple buff Mark Lewisohn of­fers, ”Seems that Abafana Be Myunge was con­tracted to the South African record la­bel Gal­lo­tone, which was Ap­ple’s SA distrib­u­tor. Uniquely in the world, Gal­lo­tone had the right (or per­haps they just took it upon them­selves) to is­sue lo­cal artists on the Ap­ple la­bel. This is one of two known ex­am­ples. It’s rare and doubt­less valu­able.” Later, former Gallo em­ployee Rob Alling­ham supplied ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion: “There were at least three SA sin­gles is­sued on lo­cally pressed Ap­ple im­prints: one by Gene Rock­well (in Afrikaans, no less), one by Jack Le­role and one by Abafana Be Myunge. All three were Gallo record­ings by artists signed to the com­pany (Rock­well di­rectly through Gallo Record Co, the other two via the Mavuthela divi­sion which gen­er­ated the bulk of Gallo’s African cat­a­logue). This alone is sur­pris­ing be­cause most of Ap­ple’s dis­tri­bu­tion, both in the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally, was via EMI; how­ever, there may have been a win­dow pe­riod right at the be­gin­ning of Ap­ple’s ex­is­tence where non-EMI com­pa­nies had the chance to sign dis­tri­bu­tion deals in other coun­tries, which let Gallo get a foot in de­spite the pres­ence of a well-es­tab­lished EMI branch in South Africa.” In­ci­den­tally, Gallo’s Jack Le­role – also known as ‘Big Voice Jack’ – was the singer and penny whistler who led Elias And His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes, who had a big hit in 1958 with town­ship jazz and foot­ball ground fave Tom Hark, and who later played in Mango Groove and toured with The Dave Matthews Band.

If lan­guage is a virus from space, let Dktr Del­lar bring the rock-re­lated pain re­lief.

DID SUPERTRAMP ROCK ON FILM?

I re­call Supertramp were in­volved in a sound­track al­bum early in their ca­reer, but can’t find a trace of any such record­ing.

DR Richard, via e-mail

Fred says: I be­lieve this could be Ex­tremes, which Deram re­leased some­time in 1972. The film, a doc­u­men­tary, di­rected by Tony Klinger and Michael Lyt­ton, proved to be just another pruri­ent view of the Lon­don scene, re­plete with nu­dity, Hells An­gels, drug ad­dicts and du­bi­ous

rock fans. Supertramp were in­volved in the sound­track and con­trib­uted three songs – Surely, Am I Not Like Other Birds Of Prey and Words Un­spo­ken, the rest of the tracks stem­ming from Mark Mc­Cann, Cru­cible and Arc, a band

built around Micky Gal­lagher and John Turn­bull, who would even­tu­ally find fame as mem­bers of The Block­heads.

WHEN THE WHO PACKED IT IN…

Didn’t The Who play what they said would be their last ever gig back in the early ’80s?

JJ Rust, via e-mail

Fred says: Not quite. In Au­gust 1982, Roger Dal­trey an­nounced that The Who’s forth­com­ing US tour, in the com­pany of The Clash and David Jo­hansen, was to be their fi­nal trip around Amer­ica. “We’re go­ing out with a mega blast on this tour, with no in­ten­tion of limp­ing down mem­ory lane,” he in­formed the US me­dia. Though the tour ac­tu­ally fin­ished in Toronto on De­cem­ber 17, the out­ing’s last US date, at Rich­field Coli­seum in Cleve­land on De­cem­ber 14, 1982, made up the bulk of the Who’s Last live al­bum in 1984. How­ever, in June 1989, US activities

were re­sumed, and this sum­mer Roger and Pete Town­shend are back in the Amer­i­cas, in­clud­ing some shows with Guns N’Roses! Note to self – don’t get fooled again…

DID THIS NUM­BER 1 AC­TU­ALLY EX­IST?

The main source of Amer­i­can chart de­tails is Bill­board mag­a­zine. But I re­mem­ber there was once a great ri­valry be­tween that pub­li­ca­tion and another called Cash­box. Both claimed to have the most au­then­tic pop chart in the US, but what was the big­gest dis­agree­ment be­tween the two re­gard­ing a record’s chart sta­tus? John Knowles, via e-mail

Fred says: In 1992 there was a sen­sa­tional dis­agree­ment re­gard­ing a re­lease by singer Wayne New­ton. Cabaret fave New­ton had penned a song called The Let­ter, which was said to be based on words writ­ten by Elvis Pres­ley dur­ing his fi­nal ap­pear­ance in Las Ve­gas in De­cem­ber 1976. The re­sult­ing The Let­ter ap­peared in Cash­box’s pop and coun­try sin­gles chart in mid 1992, reach­ing Num­ber 1 on De­cem­ber 12. Dur­ing this pe­riod, no men­tion of the sin­gle ap­peared in Bill­board, and at­tempts to con­firm its very ex­is­tence may leave read­ers baf­fled. Cash­box folded in Novem­ber 1996, but in 2006 it was re­vived as an on­line en­tity.

AND FI­NALLY….

I just read the short piece on page 126 of MOJO’s April 2017 is­sue and wished to cor­rect one thing re­gard­ing bands with multi-singers. Fleet­wood Mac ac­tu­ally had seven lead singers in their time. The name of Bob Welch, who sang on the Bare Trees al­bum, was omit­ted. I may be wrong about this, but I be­lieve it was his time with the Mac that ac­tu­ally jump-started his solo ca­reer. Bob (Big On Bour­bon) Jack­son, via e-mail

The Bea­tles in Johannesburg? (clock­wise from main) 1968 Fabs with Gene Rock­well Ap­ple la­bel and Elias And His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes, fea­tur­ing Ap­ple record­ing artist Big Voice Jack Le­role; Wayne New­ton takes a let­ter; Rog ’n’ Pete in ’82; ’Tramp tracks.

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