The lyrics for 'Give Me The Good News' are here...
'Crocodile' is ready with more musical good news DistrictMail (Somerset West), 14 September 2000
It was twenty years ago when former Somerset West resident, Rob Graham - better known to music lovers as Crocodile Harris - hit the local and international charts with his classical ballad, "Give me the Good News”. Now, with South Africans in dire need of some "good news”, Rob is back with some more gentle sounds in the form of his latest single, "Only You and I". He is not only on the musical comeback trail, but after an incredible 36 years in the music industry, has also embraced the latest technology with his year 2000 venture. Instead of releasing his new single on CD, it will be available from the South African music download site, friedjam.com. Rob also plans a re-release for "Good News” on friedjam.com. "Only You and I”, a gentle love song for Rob's wife-to-be, Nora Glasgow, was written especially for her when the two met in 1986. "It's our special song,” says Rob of the gentle ballad, "and we'll be playing it at our wedding in Scotland in December too.” Although "Give me the Good News” still receives regular airplay on stations such as KFM, Rob's heyday was in the early 1980's when the song was a number one in South Africa and Rob was also named as best vocalist. Then, in 1984, the song also brought him international fame when it became the number one hit in France for ten weeks and Rob had the opportunity of sharing a stage with musical legends such as Al Jarreau and Bonnie Tyler. "The song just took off in Europe,” he says. "I ended up winning a prize at the Cannes Music festival and also later went to Copenhagen where the single performed well.” Other songs he wrote during this period include "Star Wedding” and "The World is an Explosion”, a track that was initially banned in South Africa. During the early 80's Rob not only achieved international fame, but was also resident in the Helderberg. "I arrived in Somerset West in 1980, the same year in which I wrote "Good News” and was with Mike Taylor at Somerset House until 1986.
Assistant sport master "I lived in Land-and-Zeezicht and assisted as sport master at the school,” says Rob who today still has the highest praise for Mike, Somerset House's principal, and the man who, says Rob, "taught former Springbok and Stormers lock Selborne Boome how to play rugby.”
Give Me The Good News 1994 remix CD cover thanks to Stephen Segerman