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FOUR JACKS AND A JILL (article first published : 2000-08-9)

The M-Net TV programme Carte Blanche featured an interview with members of Four Jacks And A Jill on August 6. They showed short snippets of the band recording in the 60s as well some excerpts from their new album 2000 and Beyond, due for release very shortly.

The new album includes some new material and re-recordings of several of their hits including Timothy, I Looked Back, Hey Mister and, of course, Master Jack. It will be available on One World as soon as it is released.

Master Jack was written by David Marks in September 1966 about his experiences working on the East Rand Gold Mines at the time Dr Verwoerd, the then SA Prime Minister, was assassinated. It went to #1 all over the world in 1968 and even cracked the US Billboard Top 20. (Some sources say it went to #8, though the Billboard Book of USA Top 40 Hits has #18 as its peak position). It really is a “strange, strange world we live in”.

More info on Master Jack on http://www.new.co.za/-currin/sa_classic_songs2.html#jack (Info courtesy of SA Rock Digest e-zine)




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