GATE

Circa: 1973 – 1980
Home town: Salisbury
Members:

  • Chewy Lavalette – Vocals, sax & flute
  • Mark Lamberti – Keyboards & vocals
  • Martin Coetzer – Guitar & vocals
  • Kevin Mason – Guitar
  • Tony de Conceiocoa – Bass & vocals
  • Bill Donaldson – Drums

In 1974, the following players joined the band, replacing others whom had moved on:

  • Deon Bernade – Bass
  • Richard Pickett – Drums
  • Ivan Laborne – Guitar
  • Henk Bormann – Bass
  • Stuart Preston – Drums
  • Nippy Cripwell – Bass

In 1975, this musician joined:

  • Sandy Robbie– Guitar. He replaced Laborne & Coetzer.

1976 saw these changes occur:

  • Alistair Coakley – Guitar. Replaced Sandy Robbie.
  • Phil Smith   Replaced Mark Lamberti.
  • George van Dyk – Bass. Replaced Nippy Cripwell.

1977’s changes were:

  • Patrick van Rensburg – Drums. Replaced Stuart Preston.
  • Dave Stacey – Keyboards. Replaced Phil Smith.
  • John Jackson – Keyboards. Replaced Stacey.
  • Godfrey Minne – Drums. Replaced van Rensburg.

1978 – No changes!!

1979

  • Glen Phelan – Guitar. Replaced Alistair Coakley.
  • Graham Clifford – Guitar. Replaced Glen Phelan.

1980

  • Vince Lewis – Bass. Replaced van Dyk.
  • Andy Murray – Keyboards. Replaced John Jackson.

GATE finally broke up in 1980.

Recordings:

Single

Look After Number One/Any Man Can Be A Fool (1979) EMI

The band played their first gig ever in Salisbury. It is said that GATE hold the record for the most personnel changes in any southern African rock group.

Martin Coetzer continues to gig on the local Durban scene, as a One Man Band, playing at a lot of corporate functions.  Chewy Lavelette lives in Germiston where he is involved in the Real Estate business.