The Roots and Branches of Julian Laxton can be found at the
Freedoms Children Family Tree
Julian Laxton has been active in the music industry for many years. He made a name for himself as a guitarist with such bands as "Mel, Mel and Julian" (in the 60s), "Freedom's Children", "Hawk" and "Julian Laxton Band" from which he penned such hit songs as 'Celebrate The Rain', 'Blue Waters' and 'Johannesburg'.
He has also been active in the production side of the music industry and has won a "Sari" award for best recording engineer. He has also produced artists such as "Rabbitt", "Stingray", "Margaret Singana", Mango Groove", "The Stockley Sisters", "Lucky Dube" and many others.
He has also actively been writing many radio, T.V. and cinema commercials (Jingles) and has won two bronze awards in New York and a Lurie award for 'Best Music' for a Coca Cola Commercial.
For the past five years he has written music scores for film and T.V. such as:-
Main title theme for "Shaka Zulu". "Hold My Hand, I'm Dying", "Jewel ofthe Gods", "Quiet Thunder", "Panga", "Final Alliance", "Purgatory, "The Evil Below", "Headhunter", "Rising Storm", "Crime Lords" and "Okavango".
Julian has just finished a very well acclaimed five month stint playing guitar in a show called "THE LEGEND OF CLAPTON" which was dedicated to Eric Clapton's long and successful career. He is currently doing odd gigs with his Blues band called "Julian Laxton and Friends" and will be soon writing some material for a new album.
-- Sleeve notes from The Julian Laxton Collection, 1994
I was married to Julian for 12 years - we recently divorced - but keep in touch as we have a beautiful daughter, Kashya, who is, I'm pleased to say, showing signs of possibly being another SA Great!!! Julian is doing well with his show "The Legend of Clapton" at the club "Legends Lair" in Emmerentia. He is STILL the best guitarist in the WORLD (as far as I'm concerned - and I really would like someone to tell me differently!!) and a helluva good guy!
-- Karen Laxton, September 1999