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South Africa (RSA)

Years: 1964 - 1980
Styles: Beat, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock


Jimmy Dunning - Guitar (in band: 1964 - 1968)
Eddie Eckstein - Drums, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1980)
Paul Ditchfield - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1980)
Barry Jarman - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Trumpet (in band: 1964 - 1980)


Derek Gordon - Vocals
Pete Clifford - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1968 -)

Biography Picture    It was at Bapsfontein, in 1958, that Barry Jarman met drummer and, later, comedian Eddie Eckstein, with whom he formed The Bats with keyboard player and vocalist Paul Ditchfield (ex-Vikings) and guitarist Jimmy Dunning in 1964.

     Paul Ditchfield, Barry Jarman and Eddie Eckstein knew each other well and had wanted to form a group for a long time. Barry suggested they form a beat trio with the express purpose of making records. Jimmy Dunning, who had played with them before, was unanimously nominated to fill the gap of lead guitarist – and he sang also. After finally getting together, they arranged an audition with Matt Mann, then A & R Manager at G.R.C. (and later owner of RPM Record Company), who signed them to the CBS label and produced their first album, All I Got”. Apparently the members of the group were quibbling with each other about an appropriate name. In an attempt to restore order, Matt Mann yelled “You’re All Bats!” and so “The Bats” was born.

   The Bats toured in the 1960s and released  albums  "All I Got", "Shabby Little Hut" and "That’s How I Feel".  Jimmy Dunning played a big part in the lyrics and music for many of the songs on these records.

   In 1966 The Bats came over to England to try their luck. In December of that year Decca released a single: “Listen To My Heart” with “Stop Don´t Do It”.  In June 1967 The Bats appeared on TV on Dee Time but they returned to South Africa in August; Jimmy Dunning left the band to return to England that December. Jimmy replaced by Pete Clifford (ex-004's).

     The Bats broke up in 1980.



All I Got (1964)
A Shabby Little Hut (1965)
That's How I Feel (1966)
Image (1968)
Weltevrede (1968)
Turn You On (1969)
Impi (1971)
I Love My Wife (1976)
The Return Of Fatman And Bobin (1977)
Not Out (1999)

Singles & EPs

A Shabby Little Hut (1965)
Listen To My Heart (1966)
Listen To My Heart (1967)
Mooseface (1967)
The Rock Machine (1969)

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