The band was formed by Brian Le Gassick in 1961 while he was studying at Damelin College. During 1962 and 1963, the band played many sessions and other gigs around
The band was formed by Brian Le Gassick in 1961 while he was studying at Damelin College. During 1962 and 1963, the band played many sessions and other gigs around Johannesburg and the Reef. In the latter part of 1963, a competition, which became known as the “Beatles Of South Africa”, was organised and the band played together with many other groups at cinemas in the East Rand, throughout Johannesburg and also in the West Rand. All the competing bands would appear before interval and the main feature movie. This culminated in the finals featuring 4 bands at the Colosseum Theatre in Johannesburg in April of 1964. The Staccatos won and part of the prize was a recording contract with EMI. SA’s
The Staccato’s entered the Springbok Radio hit parade in August 1968 (50 years ago) with the Terry Dempsey composition ‘Butchers and Bakers’. ‘B&B’ spent 10 weeks on the chart peaking at number 2. A few months later Billy Forrest took them into the Studio and recorded ‘Cry to me
The song went to #1 and spent 38 weeks on the chart during 1969!!!.
They were the first Band in SA to receive four Gold Records for ‘Cry to me’, for sales in excess of 400 000 at the time. The Band also received a Sarie award in 1970 as “Top Beat Group“.
The band features the phenomenal Steve Ashley (former Lead Vocalist of the Staccatos on vocals again, and the founder Brian Le Gassick (Guitar & Vocals), and a four piece supporting band consisting of Vincent Du Chenne (Keyboards & Vocals), Cuan Du Chenne (Drums), Steve Crozet (Bass Guitar) and Tienie Smith (Lead Guitar & Vocals).
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