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who's in the picture
From Left to right: Robin Bownes, rhythm guitar; Gerry Sayer, drums; Tony Purdy, lead guitar; John Haram, bass;
where was the band based
Cape Town, South Africa
The Shadows, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, James Last, Tom Jones, Beatles, Searchers, Beach Boys, Kinks, Tremeloes etc.
The Zephyrs first came together in Cape Town, South Africa in October 1964 under the management of Mr. Eric Bownes, who had been a drummer in the early postwar years in Cape Town.
In 64/65 most of the local bands were very much into the Beatles/Rolling Stones era, so we decided to aim for the functionmarket (Sports Clubs, Weddings etc.) - cos we thought there was more money in that!! In 1965 we entered the Cape Town "Battle of the Bands" and decided to do just instrumentals like Girl from Ipanema, The Savage, Caravanetc, - We came stone last!!
Over the years, with personnel changes at various times, the group included amongst others: John Dentener, keyboards/vocals; Trevor Keet, 2nd rhythm guitar/vocals; Rheinhardt Zundorff, keyboards/vocals; Glynn Crawcour, drums/vocals; Bob Mowday, brass (sax, clarinet); Celia Halkett, keyboards; Graham Deeks, guitar/vocals; ZiggyZweig, drums.
brushes with fame
Jamming with Gene Rockwell's band at an after-concert party.
Taking over from The Shekels at the Ace of Clubs (for a long-term contract) - They were a professional group who managed to release their version of a Beatles number in South Africa before the Beatles' version was released there.
Breaking the record for Non-Stop Playingin 1967, over 12 hours. This was entered in Eric Rosenthal's "Book of South African Records" and the gig ended with Ronnie Singer, Cape Town's top keyboard player/Jazz/Rock/Blues exponent at that time, joining us on stage for the last couple of numbers.
where are they now
For the last couple of years before our final gig in October 1999, 35 years after we started, the original 4 members were still working together, augmented by 2 others...
Tony Purdy, lead guitar (died 2003);
Robin Bownes, rhythm guitar/vocals (still plays occasionally in Cape Town);
Gerry Sayer, drums/vocals (still plays occasionally in Cape Town!);
John Haram, bass (still playing, but in Glasgow, Scotland).
With Lynne Rattle, 2nd rhythm guitar/vocals (still in Cape Town) ;
Peter Allcock, keyboards/vocals (no details available).