(later replaced by Graham Guthrie)
The band was formed
around Jay’s Gibson Les Paul guitar and amplifier which had 4 inputs
and was sufficient to run 2 guitars and 2 microphones. The bass
amplifier was home made. The band's first gig was at a house
party in Highlands at which the same 7 songs (our complete
repertoire at the time) were played all night long ! Not
surprisingly the band was nick named “The Buggered Edges” after
Towards the end of 1966,
Brian Collett was replaced by Graham Guthrie (see Themme
Thynges and Rubber Storm) who, at that time, was the lead drummer
for the Churchill pipe band but had never done any rock drumming.
Shortly after joining the band, Graham brought Terry Winchester
, also from Churchill , into the band as bass guitarist and “Joubs”
Joubert moved to lead singer.
During 1967, the group
enjoyed great success playing once a month at Highlands Sports Club,
once at Highlands Presbytarian Church, once at Borrowdale Country
Club, at various house parties in Borrowdale and Highlands, and also
out in the farming communities at Selous and Bindura Country Clubs.
Most of the group’s music was drawn from the hit parades of the day
comprising plenty of Beatles, Rolling Stones, Troggs, Monkees,
Animals, and Beach Boys songs.
Graham Guthrie competed
in the Discotheque’s Drummer of the Year competition in 1967 and won
the first prize of a new drum kit.
The group was sadly
disbanded in 1968 when Jay and “Joubs” left for University in South
Africa. Jay later became a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe
and “Joubs” a successful Matabeleland cattle farmer. Terry
Winchester was last heard of running a hypnotherapy clinic in
Johannesburg which specializes in treatment of phobias – he
apparently trained in the United States.
Dave Steele, who
interestingly started out playing with Phil Horne when he was
12 years old (see the Experimental Beard Band), now lives in
Roodepoort and does the odd gig with friends. As a university
student he started playing folk music and later took an acoustic
guitar with him on all his National Service postings with the
Rhodesian Air Force. A favourite haunt was the pub at FAF 1 in
Wankie where, once the beers began to flow, there was no shortage of
backing singers. After National Service Dave spent a year in Umtali
where he bumped into Julian Pellatt (see solo artists) and
participated in one of Julian’s folk nights at the Cecil Hotel.
There is no recent news of Graham Guthrie.
These photos of the band
were taken by Martin Jackson at Highlands Presbytarian Church in
JAZZ FOUNDRY (Added
Participated in the Texan Rock Band Competition at
Trade Fair Rhodesia in 1977.
JO BOTHA EN SY ORKES
This outfit gigged in the mid-60's in the rural areas,
mainly Trelawny and Marandellas catering for those members of the
farming community who had an affinity for boeremusik!!