Circa: 1963 - 1964
Home town: Bulawayo
A high school four-piece band which
played school and local town hall gigs.
(See also THE EXPERIMENTAL BEARD BAND).
Les and Peter were classmates
from Cranborne Boys High and got the band going whilst still at
school in 1962. Alan Clemo, although only 14 years old at the
time, was said to be a real talent on guitar and what ahead of his
peers. His father was a professional musician in Salisbury.
The band were very active, playing at high school parties, the
Forces' Club, a variety of hotels (of which Sinoia was their
favourite) and played on RTV's "Teentime" (the back drop was a young
lady stretched out across a huge spiderweb! How groovy was
One of the band's members
recalls that, for the 1962 Texan Rock Band Competition, every band
had to play the Texan cigarettes jingle...
"Is it true what they say
about Texan? Has it really that true American taste?"
That was the official line
which everyone had much fun corrupting to...
"Smoke Texan and cough
like a cowboy
Smoke Texan and spit on
Smoke Texan and die with
your boots on!"
On this occasion the band
shared equipment with the STEREOS from Bulawayo, Hymie
Pogar winning the prize for best bass player.
The VERTIGOS were to
emerge from what was left of the VAMPIRES at their demise.
For Tommy Coulter
see also CHEQUERS.
Home town: Gwelo
Harry "Sonny Boy" Bezuidenhout
- Vocals & lead guitar
Peter Guntrip - Rhythm guitar
Mike Clarke - Bass
Rodney Hooper - Drums (Replaced
It was on a night at RRAF Thornhill in 1964 that
Peter Guntrip joined a band who was practicing for a jam. This
led to his being approached by Harry Bezuidenhout who was looking to
start a band and, from there, things moved along! Peter,
latching on to the trend at that time of band's having plural names
(Diamonds, Cyclones, Stereos) suggested the Vertigos. This
sublime suggestion was rooted in his having recently finished
reading a book titled Vertigo. The name was adopted, if not
quite in full as Peter had wanted an exclamation mark after the
name. On their first gig poster, however, the name appeared
without the exclamation mark and the idea was abandoned. In
due course, Peter Guntrip was to leave the band although it
continued with changes in line-up.