The lady who once dethroned Michael Jackson coming to SA

The lady who once dethroned Michael Jackson coming to SA
By Ian Bredenkamp

By Ian Bredenkamp

It was 1983. Seatbelts became mandatory in the UK. Civil war broke out in Zimbabwe. The first cellphones were introduced to the public by the Motorola company. Michael Jackson was topping the charts with single after single from his ‘Thriller’ album. His song ‘Billie Jean’ was all over the radio and being played at every dancehall. Then a song from a young, unknown Welshwomen moved up the charts at lightning speed and kicked Billie Jean off the number one spot. That song was ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’. The star’s name was Bonnie Tyler.

Born Gaynor Hopkins in southern Wales, she entered her first talent show at the age of 17. Not much success came her way until she paired up with Meatloaf’s producer extraordinaire Jim Steinman. Four weeks after releasing the album ‘Faster Than the Speed of Light’, the single Total Eclipse of the Heart bumped Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean off the top spot! The rest is history. She released many subsequent hits including ‘Holding Out for a Hero’. This year Bonnie Tyler is coming back to South Africa. It’s been 30 years since Bonnie Tyler bumped Jacko off the charts and 20 years since she last toured South Africa. In September she returns to Cape Town, Joburg and Bloemfontein for a series of shows. The Joburg concerts are already sold out. Details are on www.computicket.com.

The new Hout Bay Market has become a real crowd-puller over the past few months. Loads of live music is on offer this weekend. On Friday night funk, soul and blues band Harri and the Honkeys will be on.
Saturday is the turn of the Silverland Duo, who will be performing jazz, blues, pop and reggae classics from the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Then Sunday will feature acoustic musician and song-writer Samuel Miller.
The market is open from 5 pm to 9 pm on Friday; and 9.30 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free. Call 082 570 5997 for more information, or send an email to info@bayharbour.co.za.