4 Jacks and a Jill-Ramaja

4 Jacks and a Jill - Ramaja

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South African artist from Boksburg, Johannesburg, born Glenys Lynne Mynott. She started singing at the age of twelve, and encouraged by her mother, took singing lessons and stage presence with Al Preston, and at fifteen won a nationwide "Search For Talent" contest. Shortly afterward she was placed second in LM Radio's "Talent Parade" and, at age sixteen, cut her first album, entitled “Teenage Time”, on the Columbia label. On leaving school, Glenys sang with the Harold Roy Band in Benoni for seven months. A four month tour of South Africa with Johnny Kongos and the G-Men followed. Glenys cut her first single, "Not Because I'm Bad", on the RCA label in 1963, and after her tour with Johnny Kongos, landed a four year contract with Teal Records in 1964. By now she had established herself as a solo/cabaret singer and already had a film role to her credit, appearing in Gordon Vorster's 1962 movie, “Jy's Lieflik Vanaand” in which she sang the song "'n Bietjie Te Jonk". After another singing contract with Harold Roy, Luxurama offered her a contract to sing in Cape Town, with The Zombies accompanying her.

After their phenomenal popularity and success at the Luxurama, Glenys and The Zombies toured the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, and in January 1965 they supported Peter and Gordon, who had enjoyed international success with the hit, "World Without Love", on their South African tour. Glenys and The Zombies were now a permanent team. Following constant criticism in the press of their long hair, the Zombies cut their hair and changed the band’s name to Four Jacks And A Jill. The group also changed its style, technique and material, and to mark the new road taken, recorded their first single, "Jimmy Come Lately". The disc was an instant hit, reaching no. 3 on Record Express hit parade in January 1966 and peaking at no. 2 on Springbok Radio's Top 20 and LM Radio's hit parades in February. They also released their first album, “Jimmy Come Lately”, in that year.

In the 1970s Glenys started recording Afrikaans albums, which dramatically Increased her popularity amongst a much wider section of the South African population. She also recorded a number of gospel albums.

This song was first released on 7" single in 1976. It reached number 1 on the South African Top 20, charting for 16 weeks. This version is off the album “Ramaja”, also released in 1976.
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