THE BARE NECESSITIES
Born in South Africa
I managed and fronted the band, and sang most lead parts. Between my very able keyboard player and me, we transcribed/arranged most of our material. Although I was a full-time professional, my regular band members were not, and every now and then, one would be ill or taking a family vacation, etc., and the charts were a powerful tool when booking “dep” musicians. Luckily for me, there are many brilliant, educated players in Cape Town, who can read “flyshit” off a wall. For example, I could book them with no rehearsal and they would rock up and play what was written, and do the fills and solos with aplomb. I was very fortunate and indeed privileged to play with a host of excellent, even iconic musicians.
Solo backing tracks
- SO! — I am scanning thousands of music sheets into song folders, discarding all the pads and hope to make those charts pay me some rent! I will also be adding newer, popular charts for newer generations, by request. However, in the functions market, many popular older tunes still do the trick. I hope you find a use for some of them.