South African artist, born Nico van den Berg, in Bethlehem in the Free State on 2 Oct 1948. He started playing guitar at the age of 6, and by the age of 11 formed his first band, while still in primary school. He completed his schooling in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, and subsequently moved to Durban in 1965, where he formed the group The Static Stones. He chose the stage name Roy (being a fan of Roy Orbison) Memphis (from Elvis Presley’s home town). He married Fransie Annandale in 1969, and soon afterwards they moved to Johannesburg where he signed a recording contract with RPM. He subsequently released his first 7” single in 1972, a song titled “O Huil Nie Mama” (this song). His next release, “Maar In Amerika”, reached #17 on the South African Top 20 in 1972.
Although he never followed a singing career professionally, he did make regular cabaret appearances in various venues, including the Victoria Hotel in Johannesburg and the Holiday Inn at the Johannesburg International Airport (now the OR Tambo International Airport), as well as at The Crystal Palace in Sun City. In 1976 he wrote and recorded the song “Gogga” for his wife Fransie. He died of cancer on 22 Feb 1996.
This song is off the album “Waar Die Son Skyn”, released in 1973.