“MELLO & JIVE,” is the name of the husband & wife music duo, Derek & Linda Gordon.
They entered the world of professional music in November 1976, which means that they are in their 43rd year, in the entertainment industry of South Africa.
They were part of the well known Cape Town based band, “Pendulum,” & toured extensively throughout S.A. for many years.
Having formed “Mello & Jive,” in January 1988, they took up a record breaking three & a half year contract, at Lillies Bar, at the Port Elizabeth Holiday Inn, before moving to His Fathers Moustache in Durban.
In 1995 they settled in Johannesburg, where they continued to perform in theaters, at corporate functions, weddings, private parties, golf days etc, where Derek often played the role of emcee & auctioneer as well.
In August, 2000, Derek joined, the legendary South African band, The Bats, with Eddie Eckstein, Paul Ditchfield & Pete Clifford. The Bats still perform at theatres all over South Africa, and, all going according to plan, will also be performing in Jeffrey’s Bay, & St Francis Bay, sometime this year, as part of their Eastern Cape Tour.
Mello & Jive pride themselves on having a very extensive repertoire, which leans mainly towards “golden oldies,” & party favourites.
Having lived in Cape Town for the past 7 years, Derek & Linda have moved permanently, to Jeffrey’s Bay, & are performing at various live music venues around town.