Lambert Hendricks & Bavan Air date February 22 1963 Dave Lambert Vocals Jon Hendricks Vocals Yolanda Bavan Vocals Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Gildo Mahones Piano George Tucker Bass Jimmy Smith Drums Pony Poindexter Sax The first female Sri Lankan Jazz artist who travel with Bill Forbes in the same boat to UK in 1957 and performed nightly on their way to UK Yolanda Bevan lived down Francis road in Wellawatte.
She must have been all of 13 or 14 years old at the time and her name was Yoland Wolf. We lived on the same road at number 10 and her house was towards the end of the road near the railway lines and station. (Franz) I knew her and we were just friends amongst a bunch of others that also lived down the same street. A couple of years later I was the lead vocalist in our college choir at St. Benedict’s. She was a Good Shepherds or Holy Family student and sang in their choir.
At the annual public schools choir concerts that we held in Colombo we took part and in 19 52 or 3 we won the first prize trophy for the boys choir, singing a negro ministerial SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT. I was the lead singer at the time and when being presented with our trophy the lead judge made reference to the need for me to sing ministerial in the “black” folks spirit and not try to croon like Bing Crosby.