Cherry Wainer

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Cherry Wainer
Musician Cherry Wainer.jpg
sleeve of single Red River Rock, 1961
Born(1935-03-02)March 2, 1935
DiedNovember 14, 2014(2014-11-14) (aged 79)
Spouse(s)Don Storer (died 2006)[1]

Cherry Wainer (March 2, 1935 – November 14, 2014) was a South African-born musician, best known as a member of Lord Rockingham's XI and a soloist on the Hammond organ.[2]


Wainer was born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, the daughter of a music promoter. A piano player since childhood, she once said: "I was going to be a classical pianist and at the age of eight, I performed a concerto with an orchestra." When taking up the Hammond organ, she was influenced by American jazz organist Jimmy Smith.[3]

In her first recording she collaborated with accordionist Nico Carstens on an early South African rock and roll 10" LP titled Flying High.[4][5] On moving to the United Kingdom in 1958 with drummer Don Storer, her flatmate and later husband, [3] the singer Georgia Brown introduced Wainer to her manager, Tito Burns, who managed to gain spots for her on the light-entertainment programme Lunchbox.[6] She became a regular on ATV-Midland's Lunchbox from Birmingham, which was hosted by Noele Gordon.[7]

From Summer 1958 Wainer was the featured Hammond organist in groundbreaking young producer Jack Good's ABC-TV Oh, Boy!, one of Britain's first teenage all-music 'Live' TV shows following Good's resignation from his BBC-TV hit show Six-Five Special.[6] 'Oh Boy!' (named by Good after Buddy Holly & The Crickets' 1957 hit single 'Oh! Boy') featured rock'n'roll regularly, with Lord Rockingham's XI, serving as the house band used to support singers which was led by Harry Robinson, which also included Benny Green and Red Price. Their single, "Hoots Mon", was number one in the UK charts in 1958.[8] She occasionally sang vocals on the show, and became close to one of the acts who appeared regularly in Oh Boy!, the teenage Cliff Richard, effectively serving as his chaperone.[6][9]

Along with the band, Wainer played in the 1959 Royal Variety Performance, held at the Palace Theatre, Manchester.[10] In 1960, she appeared as herself in the musical Girls of the Latin Quarter.[11]

Wainer married drummer Don Storer with whom she appeared regularly as a duo during the 1960s.[12] They appeared regularly in a German television series, Beat! Beat! Beat (1967). Wainer released several solo albums and singles, none of which made the UK charts.[13] Wainer and her husband moved to Las Vegas in 1968, working in cabaret. She later retired from music but remained in Las Vegas and worked in a gift shop.[3][6] Her husband died in 2006.[1]

Wainer died on November 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, aged 79.[6]


  • Cherry Wainer – Hammond Organ Light And Lively (1964)[14]
  • It's Hammond Time! (released in the Netherlands)[15]
  • Cherry Wainer And Her Magic Organ (released in the Netherlands)
  • Musik Im Blut (released in Germany)
  • 1959 Columbia 33JS 11007, Flying High, Cherry Wainer & Nico Carstens, South Africa


  1. ^ a b "Don Storey Obituary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  2. ^ Time Out TV review, May 10, 2013; accessed May 17, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Cherry Wainer – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. December 29, 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  4. ^ Currin, Brian. "Cherry Wainer".
  5. ^ Webmaster. "Cherry Wainer - Oh Boy!".
  6. ^ a b c d e "Cherry Wainer". The Times. London. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2019. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Whirligig: Lunchbox; accessed May 18, 2013.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 231. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ Stafford Hildred; Tim Ewbank (13 April 2010). Cliff: An Intimate Portrait of a Living Legend. Ebury Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-7535-3610-0.
  10. ^ Royal Variety Performance official website Archived 2009-05-31 at the Wayback Machine; accessed May 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "Girls of the Latin Quarter". British Film Institute. 24 June 2018.
  12. ^ Profile,; accessed May 18, 2013.
  13. ^ "Cherry Wainer Discography". discogs. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. ^ Profile,; accessed May 18, 2013.
  15. ^ "Cherry Wainer". 17 March 2016.

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