South African Artist Bobby Hendricks (*7 February 1936 – †7 March 1999)
Track 05 off the LP 'To All The Girls' (1984)
Bobby Hendricks (Robert Stuart Hendricks) was born in Caledon (a town in the ‘Overberg Region’ not far from Cape Town, South Africa) on 7 February 1936. He started his music career as a member of the ‘Kay Simmers Orkes’ (Afrikaans for orchestra or band). He was a renowned South African saxophone player, known as the ‘King of Langarm music’ (Langarm - a popular form of South African straight arm dance music without vocals). Though Hendricks could not read or write music, he later started his own band, the ‘Bobby Hendricks Sound’.
In the early 1980s his first LP (record) was released and in the next two decades he had five gold albums. Bobby's particular style of playing Sax in this 'strict tempo' (langarm) band brought him fame, particularly in the Cape regions.
Hendricks died in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, from kidney failure on 7 March 1999. His true wealth and recognition was revealed by the number of people who attended his funeral, one of the biggest ever held in the Overberg Region.
In 2000, the ‘Western Cape Department of Environmental and Cultural Affairs’ awarded him posthumously for his exceptional contribution to the entertainment business. The award was accepted by his widow, Coee. In the same year, the ‘Municipality of Caledon’ decided to name a street after the popular musician.
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