Back in 1972, when I was visiting South Africa, I did a Country Gospel L.P. record called “It’s gotta be love.” (L.P. means long playing record). Hennie Schoeman and his band “Selah” backed me. On the bass guitar was Peter Hawley, and Hennie played rhythm guitar on some cuts. The singers were Kittie Schoeman, Engele Kok and Hennie Schoeman. The special effects man was Andre van Jaarsveldt who played Hawaiian guitar, mandolin and 12 string guitar on various songs. I played rhythm guitar and piano on various songs. Many thanks to Leo and Leona Tremblay for giving me the record that they bought from me back in the eighties.
I wrote this song after visiting Hillbrow, Johannesburg in 1971. It looked like people were stoned on drugs sitting on the sidewalks.
2. Fly high
I wrote this song in Durban in 1970 after seeing a motor bike accident. I was coming back late one night from a meeting with the Full Gospel Church in Amanzimtoti, when 4 motorbikes came swerving around my car doing about 80 miles per hour. When I got to the single lane at the end of the freeway, the one bike had hit the rail and the guy had gone over the edge and landed about 40 feet down. The girl was lying on the tar near the bike. I rushed to the nearest phone and called the ambulance. It was very traumatic for me.
The other songs I had on the record have been taken off because I didn’t write them. I did pay copyright years ago, but someone has complained, so I have deleted them.