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 (m. 1992–2006; his death)

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.[1]


Wainer was born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. A piano player since childhood, she was later influenced by Jimmy Smith and learned jazz keyboard.[2]

In her first recording she collaborated with accordionist Nico Carstens on an early South African rock and roll 10" titled "Flying High".[3][4] She first became known to UK television audiences as a regular in the 1950s magazine programme Lunchbox, with Noele Gordon.[5]

She subsequently featured as a session musician in Oh, Boy!, one of the first British series to feature rock'n'roll regularly, with Lord Rockingham's XI, a "scratch" band 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.[6]

Along with the band, Wainer played in the 1959 Royal Variety Performance, held at the Palace Theatre, Manchester.[7] In 1960, she appeared as herself in the musical Girls of the Latin Quarter.[8]

Wainer married drummer Don Storer (died 2006),[9] with whom she appeared regularly as a duo during the 1960s.[10] 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.[11]

Cherry Wainer died on November 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, aged 79.[2]


  • Cherry Wainer – Hammond Organ Light And Lively (1964)[12]
  • It's Hammond Time! (released in the Netherlands)[13]
  • 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. ^ Time Out TV review, May 10, 2013; accessed May 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Cherry Wainer – obituary", The Telegraph, December 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Currin, Brian. "Cherry Wainer".
  4. ^ Webmaster. "Cherry Wainer - Oh Boy!".
  5. ^ Whirligig: Lunchbox; accessed May 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 231. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Royal Variety Performance official website Archived 2009-05-31 at the Wayback Machine.; accessed May 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "Girls of the Latin Quarter". British Film Institute. 24 June 2018.
  9. ^ Profile,, September 1, 2006; accessed March 25, 2015.
  10. ^ Profile,; accessed May 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Cherry Wainer Discography". discogs. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. ^ Profile,; accessed May 18, 2013.
  13. ^ "Cherry Wainer". 17 March 2016.

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