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Pieter Carel Nicolaas van der Byl, also known by his stage name Piet Pompies, was a South African artist, comedian, and radio personality. His humorous and entertaining performances made him a beloved figure in South African entertainment. Let’s delve into more details about this remarkable individual:

  • Early Life and Career:

    • Pieter van der Byl was born in 1922 and grew up during the Depression years.
    • He worked as a railway man, eventually advancing to the position of station master.
    • In the late 1940s, he began performing in coffeehouse concerts that were broadcast by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SAUK) under the title “Vrolikheid in die Koffiehuis.”
    • From 1950 to 1962, he wrote a weekly half-hour program called “Caltex Kaskenades” for the former Springbokradio, where he performed alongside Pip Freedman.
    • He was also involved in creating the film “Next Stop Makouvlei.”
  • Musical Talent and Songwriting:

    • Piet Pompies was not only a comedian but also a skilled songwriter. He composed approximately 280 songs during the years when he wrote radio programs and held concerts.
    • In 1952, he released 14 records featuring his music.
    • His popular songs include titles like “Haar pa wou nie gaan slaap,” “Antjies die rooibruin hen,” “Kaboemielies,” and “Sousboontjies.”
  • Legacy and Impact:

    • Piet Pompies left a lasting impression on audiences with his witty humor and unique stage presence.
    • His famous catchphrase, “Goeienaand, Dames en Here … Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen,” immediately captured the audience’s attention.
    • Pieter-Dirk Uys, another renowned South African performer, fondly remembers Piet Pompies as his first true stand-up comedian.
    • Johan Stemmet, host of the music show “Noot vir Noot,” also acknowledges Piet’s comedic talent.
  • Personal Life and Passing:

    • Piet van der Byl passed away in 1992.
    • His daughter, Elsa (Dixon) van der Byl, compiled a book titled “Piet wat Pompies was” (Malan Media, 2018), shedding light on the man behind the alias Piet Pompies.
    • Elsa’s book provides insights into Pieter’s life from the 1940s to the 1980s, drawing from her mother’s memoirs and extracts from his articles in various sources.

Piet Pompies remains a cherished figure in South African entertainment history, and his contributions continue to resonate with audiences today1[1]2[2]33. 🎤🎶

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