Gene Rockwell was born Gert Smit on December 24, 1944. He formed a music band called The Blue Angels in his teens. A few years later, the band changed their name to The Falcons and quickly became a staple in the South African music scene. When the group disbanded, Smit set out on a solo career and started off by changing his name. The moment Gert Smit changed his name to a much cooler Gene Rockwell, the nation loved him. And you wonder why Vanilla Ice chose not to use his birth name. Robert Matthew Van Winkle doesn’t quite have a nice, money-making ring to it.
How many of you can say they have never been disillusioned by love? Don’t worry, I’ll wait…Musicians have been writing songs about it forever. Those four letters have been Punk-ed, Rock-ed, Reggae-ed, Blues-ified, Jazz-ed, Hip Hop-ed, and every other music genre-d you can think of. “Love” was written and recorded by Gene Rockwell in 1969, because even old-timey people had something to say about love. The song has some heavy Beatles-influence to it. It has the hard yet gentle beat, with sharp vocals. “Love” is, simply put, a beautiful song. You can find the song on a 1994 compilation of “The Best of South African Pop” featuring various artists including Rockwell, as well as on the 2000 album titled, “The Heart And Soul Of.”
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