Memory Lane: Bert Kaempfert’s ‘Afrikaan Beat’

I first heard this as theme music for The Sandy Becker Show, but it was smoking hot in 1962 and soon wound up on all the juke boxes. Do they still have juke boxes?

Kaempfert had hits galore, and not one of them about drugs, fornication, shooting people, or anything else they sing about today. He wasn’t South African, as I thought at the time, but German. Internationally popular, though, and heavily influenced, at one phase of his career, by South African music. Who can blame him? That’s pretty cool music.

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy something harmless and wholesome for a change–like Afrikaan Beat.

5 comments on “Memory Lane: Bert Kaempfert’s ‘Afrikaan Beat’

  1. You’ve done it again, Lee. I had completely forgotten this. Came back right away, along with Wonderland By Night, which was one of my favorites by him back then 🙂

  2. Kaempfurt’s music was definitely a part of my youth. We had a great AM station in town and they played a wide variety of music which included music of high quality as opposed to whatever was charting well at that moment. Kaempfurt produced happy, positive music with strong melodic content and a good beat.

    For some reason, I always want to credit A Walk In The Black Forest to Kaemfurt, but that was Horst Jankowski. Herb Alpert’s recording of that song is high on my list.

  3. This led me to Youtube to listen to more of his music. Great music! I’m South African and listening to some of his melodies, I would have guessed that he was South African. It is a little before my time, but I remember it so well from my parents’ music collection – evokes many good emotions and snippets of memories… Thank you, Lee!

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