The Dealians

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The Dealians were a pop group formed in East London, South Africa in January 1968 by Mike Fuller. The group took its name from the local Deal's Hotel where the group performed.[1]

The original line up was:

  • Mike Fuller (Guitar, backing vocals)
  • Malcolm Martin (vocals)
  • Ian McDonald (Keyboards, vocals)
  • Derek de Klerk (Bass)
  • Mike Rome (Drums)

On 20 April 1971, South African radio personality and singer, Peter Lotis, presented the group with their gold disc for their hit single, "Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow", on stage at the Colosseum cinema. They performed live at the cinema before East London's premiere opening of Midnight Cowboy, which was voted South Africa's top film of 1970.[2]

The Dealians' new number, "When Love Comes Knockin'", was released throughout South Africa in 1971.[2]

On 24 January 1975, East London's Daily Dispatch announced that, after seven years together, the group, while still at the top, had decided to disband.[1] At the time of disbanding, the group consisted of Mike Fuller, leader and guitarist; Len Cooper, lead vocalist and trumpeter; Peter Richardson, drummer and Gary van Zyl, bass guitarist. Laurene Gordon and Sue van Staden handled the organ, electric piano, synthesizer and sang lead vocals.[1]

The Dealians created musical history in South Africa by being the first group ever to win three consecutive South African Recording Industry (SARI) Awards (South Africa's equivalent of a Grammy).[1]

Hit songs[edit]

  • "Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow"
  • "Time"
  • "When Love Comes Knockin'"