The Vikings

SA's First Rock 'n Roll Band
... established 1958

Paul Ditchfield

Paul Ditchfield, Nov 2000



  • Rock Party At The Club Pepsi, RCA Victor 31,323

     Club Pepsi


    Rock Around The Clock/ Royal Garden Blues/ Blue Paul/ Send Thomas Kwela/ Now Is The Time/ Lonesome Road/ Intermission Riff/ Vivacation/ Kwaai Kris Kwela/ Medley: Jenny Jenny - Hound Dog/ Caravan/ Kansas City/ Jumping With Symphony Sid

  • The Vikings With Roger Smith, RCA Victor 31,546



    Hoots Mon/ Made You/ The Webb/ Red Sails In the Sunset/ Swing Sharp/ Drip Drop/ Peter Gunn/ Travelin' Man/ Bull Rock/ The Wayward Wind/ Swanee River/ My Prayer

    Seven Single, 78 RPM


  • Skokiaan Rock/ Hamba Kahle Rock, RCA Victor 71.300


  • Chris Smit: sax and penny-whistle
  • Paul Ditchfield: piano
  • Peter Michael: trumpet
  • Tony Shaw: drums
  • Jimmy Kennedy: guitar
  • Harold Miller: double bass
  • Al Bentley: vocals
  • Roger Smith: vocals on second album


Paul Ditchfield, co-founder of the Vikings, wrote "Blue Paul" at the age of sixteen. The Vikings recorded his composition for their first album and Paul eventually established himself as one of this country's best song writers. This talented musician is still going strong after 45 years in showbiz.

Harry Miller

  • Harry Miller, one of the most important exponents of progressive jazz in Britain, has come a long way from his South African origins. He played double bass and moved to England in 1961. Harry moved to Amsterdam in 1978 where he was active in jazzuntil he passed away in 1983. [Chilvers and Jasuikowicz, 1994]


    Albums - featuring Harry Miller on bass

  • Electric City, Bob Downes Open Music, Vertigo VO 6360 005, 1970


  • Deep Down Heavy, Bob Downes, MFP 5130, 1970


  • Do I Know You, Mike Cooper, Dawn DNLS 3005, 1970


  • Islands, King Crimson, Atlantic SD 7212, 1972


    Many thanks to fellow collector and good friend of mine,
    Bas Mollenkramer,for his assistance. Tertius Louw, May 2003.

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