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For an evening that's shaken, and not stirred' Dickie plays under the name SHAKE THE ROOM as a two piece band. They are a male and female duo with members Carleen and Dickie Loader. These fantastic musicians have a colourful and impressive history ' feel free to stop reading when you realise that Shake the Room are one of SA's top bands; however be warned ' this biography is worth perusal! SHAKE THE ROOM have toured South Africa with the likes of Rolf Harris (a total of 67 shows in 40 cities and towns) and have also appeared on at least 50 TV Shows. They have performed at numerous venues like the Sun City Super Bowl, Mabula Lodge and have spent many years performing at Holiday Inns', Sun International and Southern Sun venues across the country. They held much sought after residencies at The Beacon Island Hotel, The Elizabeth hotel in Port Elizabeth, the Rosebank Hotel in Johannesburg, the Holiday Inn in Port Elizabeth, and many more. They played the Cape peninsula pub circuit extensively in places like the Strand, Somerset West, Chelsea Arms and Inn on the Square in Cape Town, and the Three Arts Theatre. Television Appearances : Dickie Loader was the director and producer of the original Rock and Roll Revival Shows 1 and 2 which enjoyed great success at the Centurion Lake Hotel. These shows attracted audiences of approximately 30,000 people and were televised on SABC. Dickie also directed and produced Keep the Good Times Rolling at Sun City's Superbowl which was also televised on SABC. Dickie and Carleen did a 52 week run on Keep it Country with Clive Bruce. Moving on from the Rock genre, they had 9 Number 1 hits (count them people, 9 x No 1 hit songs!) some of which included When the Gold In Your Hair Turns To Silver, Hey Mister Bluebird, Jealous Hearts and Under the Blue Kentucky Moon. Dickie and Carleen were also featured on the popular SABC shows 'Skollie' and 'Agter Elke Man'. Dickie wrote a song called What Were You Doing At The Same Party and this was recorded by German artist Bernard Brink. This song was an instant success and reached Number 2 on the German Hit Parade, reached Number 1 in Holland, and also hit Number 1 in Luxembourg. This single and album sold over 1,000,000 copies. Wow! They entered two of the three song festivals in South Africa (the show was sponsored by SABC) and came 2nd with a song they composed and performed. At the third and final Song Festival, Shake the Room came first with their own composition entitled 'Eyes of a Child' which they performed. For a period of five consecutive years (1995-1999) SHAKE THE ROOM were one of the resident bands at the Carousel Casino. This is when the duo drastically increased their African music repertoire, as the audience during this time was predominantly black. As a result, they have become a much sought after band for culturally mixed functions, which is the norm now in SA. Moving back down the time line for a bit ' we trace some of Dickie Loader's history and discover where his roots are, and just exactly how talented and professional this musician really is. Dickie started with his rock and roll outfit Dickie Loader and the Blue Jeans, which ran successfully for the next 3 years. Dickie was then chosen by Marty Wilde (Kim Wilde's father) to play lead guitar in his backing band for his South African tour. Two months later Dickie went back to the UK with Marty Wilde where he performed in a rock and roll show called The Rock 'n Trade Show touring all the big British cities; London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Cardiff, New Castle, Bournemouth, Penzance, Glasgow, and many more including all the Rank Dance Theatres. Dickie performed at the Lyceum Ballroom in London with Joan Collins, Anthony Newly, Helen Shapiro, The Shadows, Billy Fury, Tommy Steele and other British pop stars of that time. He recorded a single called Happiness, which was composed especially for him by the awesome Lionel Bart ' composer of the smash musical hit 'Oliver'. This single went on to sell in excess of 25,000 copies ' no mean feat for a new comer to the British music scene. Dickie performed at a pop festival at the Wembley Stadium. His performances were captured and broadcast live on Dutch and Luxembourg radio stations. He also played at various clubs and in shows in the Channel Islands. After 14 or 15 months in Britain, Dickie Loader returned to South Africa and reformed the Blue Jeans. They became the first SA band to perform stage shows around the country while the other SA musicians continued to play in the relatively staid confines of the pub and club circuits. During this time, the band had numerous hit songs which included Exclusively Yours, Jenny Jenny, Sea of Heartbreak, Cupie Doll, Poor Little Rich Girl, Young Love Can Hurt, With This Ring, Stick Around, Rocky Road Blues, My Babe and Jezebel. They won 2 Sarie Awards (equivalent now to our SA Music Awards). Exclusively Yours was one of the longest singles ever to remain on the SA Hit Parade, remaining there for 26 consecutive weeks. The Blue Jeans were also resident band at the palm Grove in Margate for 4 years in a row. In 1998, SHAKE THE ROOM were the only South African artists to be included on the Hit Compilation, We Want More No 19 (featuring the likes of Whigfield and Dr. Alban) with their composition 'a Touch'. SHAKE THE ROOM play a wide variety of music (Swing, Pop, Rock, Ballads, Latin, R&B, Soul, Contemporary and Traditional Afrikaans, Kwaito etc.) featuring many hits from the 50's through to current, including our popular Afrikaans singers, and are constantly updating their repertoire with the very latest hits. It is fair to say that this duo probably has the largest repertoire in the industry at the moment. SHAKE THE ROOM cater for corporate functions, parties, weddings and the gig circuit and are currently performing on a weekly basis at popular venues. Thanks for wading through the biography ' this is indeed a magnificent duo who can offer a wealth of experience, professionalism and talent to any audience. We all know that our choice of entertainment can make or break our special events ' you are in very capable hands with DICKIE LOADER'S 'SHAKE THE ROOM'!

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