Singer, guitarist & songwriter

Bio details: Born Salisbury, Rhodesia.

Music Career:
Clem started writing songs whilst an art student in Durban. One of his early songs, “Vagabond Gun” was a category winner in the SA Music Festival in 1966. On moving back to Rhodesia to work in Clem Tholet CD coveradvertising, he started singing at Rhodesia’s first folk venue, The Troubadour in Salisbury’s Angwa Street. There he met Sue Eccles and Andy Dillon and together they formed a trio called “The Kinfolk” Shortly after they moved to Johannesburg, Sue left the group, and Clem & Andy joined up with Yvonne Raff to become “The Legend Trio”. Apart from singing at the original Southern African “Troubadour”, the trio were involved in a number of SAFMA’s National Folk Fests. Clem married Jean Smith in 1967, and he began a solo career, recording some singles with Art Heatlie at Trutone. Mel Miller, Peter Leroy and Sylvia Stott briefly joined Clem to form a group in 1970, before Clem moved back to Rhodesia in 1971, where he soon built up a strong following. He did a series of shows on Rhodesian Television, and presented a radio programme called “Folk on the Rocks” on radio for two seasons. The name came from the folk club Clem ran at The Beverly Rocks, where it played to regular packed houses and featured some stellar guests, such as comedians Spike Milligan and Shelley Berman, and folkies like Jeremy Taylor, Brian Finch and Tony Bird. Clem did the opening half of The Shelley Berman Show at the 7-Arts Theatre in Salisbury. A popular star of the annual “Bless ‘Em All” Troop Shows, and in great demand in the Rhodesian entertainment scene, Clem recorded his first album “Songs of Love War”. Self-penned and produced, the album was awarded a Gold Disc. He wrote the soundtrack and songs for the C.I.S. film “What A Time” and the theme song for a film honouring the wounded troopies of Rhodesia, “Tsanga”. He produced a second album, called “Two Sides to Every Story”, before moving back to South Africa. After living and working in the advertising industry for many years in Cape Town, Clem sadly passed away on 06 October, 2004, having suffering from the effects of a debilitating illness for a number of years.


The Cold Side(1968) Renown

Mirror of My Mind (1968) Renown

With Pen In Hand (1968) Renown

True Love is a Tear (1968) Renown

Vrystaat (1969) Renown

Rhodesians Never Die (1973) Blackberry

Hey, Hey Jerome (1973) Blackberry

Zambesi, Zimbabwe (1980) Stanyan

Peace Dream (1977) Teal

The Last Farewell (1978) Teal

Song For Johnny (1978) Teal

What a Time (1978) Teal

Sunny Days and Rain (1980) Stanyan

Used Car Dealer (1980) Stanyan

Somebody Else’s Song (1981) Stanyan


Songs Of Love War. Teal

Two Sides To Every Story. Teal

Film Tracks

What a Time

What a Time it Was

Golden Days

With These Hands

Peace Dream

Another Hitler

Tsanga, Tsanga

Clem sadly passed away after a long illness in Cape Town on Wednesday, 06 October, 2004.  Read Clem’s self-penned obituary under the Obituaries page.