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JENGHIZ KHAN
 






This remarkable band formed in the southern part of Belgium in 1970, out of the ashes of “The Tim Brean Group” and “Les Partisans”.
They were: - Tim Brean : organ, piano, harpsichord and vocals
- “Big” Frisma : lead, rhythm, acoustic guitar and vocals
- Christian “Chris Tick” Servranckx : drums, percussion and vocals
- Pierre “Peter Raepsaet” Rapsat : bass guitar and vocals
jenghiz khan paul coerten Rapsat was the last one to be recruited to make up the numbers. He came from an outfit who just released an lp : ”Laurelie”. In the sixties Pierre had been part of a dance orchestra "Les Ducs" but already in his next band Tenderfoot Kids, where he played on 4 singles, he proved to be an excellent song writer. As the music for Jenghiz Khan was already written, Rapsat handled only bass-duties here. Not only the other band members themselves were the composers but also their manager, the well known (Télémoustic)rock-journalist PierrePieroKenroll, wrote all lyrics and one complete song. So an album (Well Cut) was released quite quickly and sounded very heavy but full of dynamics. Some longer songs gave the band a real adventurous feel, and unveiled possible influences from “Iron Butterfly” and “Vanilla Fudge”.
Rapsat’s bass-playing was upfront in the mix, so that even now “Well Cut” sounds quite fresh!
In their relatively short history the band had a good live-reputation and so they did play a lot of gigs and festivals. Most important once were when they’re on the same billing as: “Wallace Collection” (puzzle P in june 1970), “Black Sabbath” (rock Bilzen august 1970), “Yes” (pop hot show Huy on Sept. 5th, 1970), “Stray” (Ghent festival on Nov. 28th,1970), “The Tremelous” (Grand Place Ciney on July 11th, 1971) and “Genesis” at the Jemelle festival on August 8th, 1971.
Some new material was written in 1971 but however, the outfit would eventually drift apart due to the lack of improvement abroad.
jenghiz khan jemelle
Rapsat launched his very successful solo career in 1973. He made a lot of gold and platina records, raging from rock to “chanson” but most of them sung in his native (French) language. Unfortunately he passed away on April 21, 2002 at age 53.
Brean joined “The Pebbles” and played organ with them from 1974 till 1976 while he also composed a lot of songs by order of record company “Barclay”. Later he tried his luck as a solo artist under the name “Tim Turcksin” but only managed to release a few songs on compilation albums.
Friswa joined “Wallace Collection”, was later successful with pop band “Two Man Sound” but also issued two solo singles. Especially the first, where he worked with Piero again, had some good reviews. The b-side was called "Big Friswa", a great rock song about himself.
Sadly he also passed away in 1988.