Cherry Wainer

...SA's first female rock 'n roll star



  • Flying High, 10" Album, Columbia, 33JS 11007

    The First Rock 'n Roll Album Recorded By SA Musicians
    Flying High

  • Cherry Rock, 10" Album, HMV JDLP 10006, 1959

    Cherry Rock

  • Cherry Pink, 10" Album, HMV JDLP 10007

    Cherry Pink


The "Flying High" instrumental album was a collaboration between Cherry and Nico Carstens in the late fifties.Cherry, a talented organist, became a member of Lord Rockingham's XI (who had UK#1 hit in November 1958 with 'Hoots Mon') after leaving South Africa at the end of the decade. Carstens went on to became South Africa's most recorded artist with over 100 albums to his credit. This gifted composer also scored internationally with his composition "Zambesi" (a UK#2 hit for Lou Busch in 1956).

Don Storer played drums on both HMV albums.

Cover scans from the personal collection of Tertius Louw, May 2001.

South Africa's Rock Legends

South Africa's Rock Classics