Debuted in 1963 with an adaptation of a traditional song (just as The
Cousins did with Kili-Watch) : for them it was the folk-traditional "Ik
zag Cecilia komen", which became "Cecilia Rock" in their version.
The Jokers concentrated on the instrumental work, with Shadows-like songs as
"Tabou", "Ronny Boy" and "Gemini Boogie". Guitar-player
Ronny Sigo is called the Belgian Hank Marvin in "Wit-lof from Belgium".
Their singles all shared a formula : a charming instrumental rock on the A-side,
on the flipside a slow song, a mix between the Shadows and James Last.
They conquered Flanders easily, but also had success in Germany and Spain (where
they recorded an album in stereo, a rarity for 1962). Even in Japan, where they
released a Christmas-album, they became popular in the slipstream of the American
band The Ventures. Worldwide, they have sold 850.000 copies of their albums.
Ronny Sigo is quoted as saying "We where very young when the success
came. I was only 15 at the time. That's a hard thing to get to grips with at that
age. With a better management and promotion, the Jokers would have been even bigger."
From 1967 they turned mellow and ended the group 2 years later.
- Jos Clauwers (guitar)
- Ronny Sigo (guitar)
- Jos Raes (bass)
- Dany Pepermans (drums)
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