Saturday, December 25, 2010

I THINK OF HER (The Kontinentals)

(From Wikipedia) Imported pop music in English language from the West such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Johnny Mathis enjoyed much popularity in Hong Kong. Inspired by many imported pop music from the West, Hong Kong artists started to produce Hong Kong’s own pop music in English in the 1960s. The Kontinentals, a schoolboy band originating at King George V School, is often credited with being the first Hong Kong band to record original compositions in the style of British pop of the early 1960s. Lead singer and bassist Anders Nelsson and lead guitarist Roy Davenport, composed I Still Love You and I Think Of Her, respectively, and the songs were chart-topping hits on the indie Orbit Records label owned by British jazz singer Gery Scott.

Friday, December 10, 2010

DON`T LEAVE ME (Baby, Baby) - The Mystics

It was a great pleasure and honor meeting Michael Remedios and the Mystics in Macau, 05 December, 2010.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LOOK FOR A STAR (Joe Junior)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Joe Junior (Real name Jose Maria Rodrigues Jr.) is a popular English pop singer from Hong Kong during the 1960s. He has since been in a number of TVB drama series in the 1990s and 2000s playing older character roles. Joe Junior is his stage name. Regularly appeared on TV music programs as host and as performer. Some of his hits gain great popularity on the chart are: Here's a Heart, Voice of Love, The End, I Got To Find a Cupid, ....
Rodriques' family is from Macau and is of Macanese (mixed Chinese and Portuguese) ancestry

Saturday, October 23, 2010

IF YOU WALK AWAY (Teresa Carpio)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Teresa Carpio is a Hong Kong English pop and Cantopop singer, actress and singing teacher, born in Hong Kong, known for her powerful voice, diverse repertoire and bubbly personality, who has enjoyed substantial popularity in Hong Kong and other countries, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. She is the mother of singer T. V. Carpio. Carpio's father is Filipino and her mother Chinese (Shanghainese). Born into a musical family (her grandfather was a concert violinist and jazz guitarist, her father Fernando, a noted jazz drummer, and several uncles were also professional musicians), Carpio began her career as a child star, winning Hong Kong's first Amateur Talent Quest in 1963 at the age of 6.

NOBODY`S CHILD (Irene Ryder)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Irene Ryder was a popular Eurasian Hong Kong English pop singer in Hong Kong during the 1960s. In 1966, she attained the unofficial title of Go Go Queen after winning a talent quest. Her first single was To Sir With Love. Among the other singles that she recorded was a duet with Robert Lee, former member of Hong Kong beat band The Thunderbirds and the younger brother of Martial Arts star Bruce Lee. The single was called Baby Baby. In 1969, she was the only female singer chosen to represent Hong Kong at the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, Japan

MR RAINBOW (The Quests)

The Quests from Singapore. Mr Rainbow was one of their greatest hits in Hongkong.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

UP, UP AND AWAY (Danny Diaz and the Checkmates)

From QUESTING BANDSTAND:
Danny Diaz & The Checkmates were three Filipino brothers with their brother-in-law (Romeo or Romy is married to Christine Samson, the one-time singer and bassist with D’Topnotes). They formed in Hong Kong and had a major hit “It’s So Easy” in 1966. The group’s big break came when they beat out the other top acts like Teddy Robin & The Playboys and The Mystics in the Levi’s Battle Of The Bands held in the Hong Kong Football Stadium in 1969. They went to the UK and made a few recordings out there including “Solomon Grundy”, 1969 UK). They disbanded in 1982.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

SINGLE GIRL (Rowena Cortes)

Beautiful pop singer Rowena Cortes began her career by winning the 1976 Hong Kong Popular Song Contest.

REASONS WHY (Anders Nelsson and The Ming)

From WIKIPEDIA:
The Kontinentals, a schoolboy band originating at King George V School, is often credited with being the first Hong Kong band to record original compositions in the style of British pop of the early 1960s. Lead singer and bassist Anders Nelsson and lead guitarist Roy Davenport, composed I Still Love You and I Think Of Her, respectively, and the songs were chart-topping hits on the indie Orbit Records label owned by British jazz singer Gery Scott. Prior to this most English-language recordings in the British Colony had been so-called cover versions and with a few exceptions this trend continued in the 60s. Anders Nelsson continued as a singer song-writer with subsequent bands on the Diamond Music label and hits included Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind, Missing You and How Do You Do. Nelsson later resurfaced in the early 70s with a band called Ming which recorded mostly his own compositions, including Reasons Why, Never Coming Home and U 'n I. After the band broke up in 1976 Nelsson joined the label as a producer, eventually working his way up to A&R Manager. He left three years later to start his own company which managed and produced artists such as Louie Castro and Rowena Cortes, recording both in English and Cantonese

Thursday, September 30, 2010

ROSE GARDEN (Agnes Chan)



TOP TEN OF THE MONTH (Most viewed posts in September)
01 Circle Game (Agnes Chan)
02 The Voice of Love (Joe Junior)
03 Times of Your Life (France Yip)
04 It`s Only Love (Sam Hui)
05 Day Is Done (Agnes Chan)
06 Deborah (Joe Junior)
07 This Is My Song (Judy Jim)
08 I Go To Pieces (The Wynners)
09 The End Of The World (Tracy Huang)
10 Loving You (Teresa Carpio)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU (Teresa Teng)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Teresa Teng (January 29, 1953 – May 8, 1995), was an immensely popular and influential Chinese pop singer from Taiwan. Teresa Teng's voice and songs are instantly recognized throughout East Asia and in areas with large Asian populations. It is often said, "Wherever there are Chinese people, the songs of Teresa Teng can be heard." Her songs also enjoy huge popularity among Korean, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian listeners.
Teng was known for her folk songs and romantic ballads. Many became standards in her lifetime, such as "When Will You Return?" (何日君再來) and "The Moon Represents My Heart" (月亮代表我的心).[1] She recorded songs not only in her native Mandarin but also in Taiwanese, Cantonese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and English.
Teng, a lifelong sufferer from asthma, died in 1995 from a severe respiratory attack while vacationing in Thailand. She was 42.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT (The Quests)

From SINGAPORE INFOPEDIA:
The Quests were a popular Singapore band of the 1960s. Formed in 1961 by Jap Chong, Raymond Leong, Henry Chua and Lim Wee Guan, and later including guitarist Reggie Verghese and singer Vernon Cornelius, the band is considered the most successful local band of that era. The band started out by performing cover versions of British and American songs, but went on to record a number of singles and albums containing original compositions. The band is best known for its original hit song "Shanty".

Monday, September 20, 2010

DAY IS DONE (Agnes Chan)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Agnes Chan began singing and playing guitar in her junior high years in Hong Kong, as volunteer work for fundraising events. She had a chance to record a cover of Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game" with her elder sister, actress Irene Chan, and it became a hit song in Hong Kong. She became famous throughout southeast Asia through several of Chang Cheh's movies, including Young People and The Generation Gap.
Chan was brought to Japan by Japanese singer/songwriter Masaaki Hirao. In 1972 she recorded her first Japanese pop hit, "Poppy Flower (ひなげしの花)." Her clear voice, pretty looks, and imperfect Japanese made her a teenage idol. In 1973, Chan's third single, "Splendor in the Grass (草原の輝き)," earned her the Japan Record Grand Prix "Rookie of the Year" award.
Chan enrolled in Tokyo's Sophia University and studied for two years, after which she decided to take a break from the entertainment business and study social child psychology at the University of Toronto in Canada.
After graduating in 1978, Chan returned to Japan to resume her singing career. Her first Cantonese album was released in Hong Kong in 1979. She won a prize for her peace thesis for International Youth Year, 1984. Her first concert in China, a benefit for Soong Ching-ling's child fund, was held in 1985 at Beijing's capital gym for an audience of 54,000.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT (The Fabulous Echoes)

From QUESTING BANDSTAND:
The Fabulous Echoes were based in Hong Kong in the early 60′s. The early lineup of The Fabulous Echoes consisted of Tony Ruivivar (leader, guitar), Terry Lucido (keyboards), Stan Robertson (bass), Bert Sagum (vocals, percussions), Cliff Foenander (lead vocals) and Danny Ruivivar (drums, xylophone). Tony, Danny, Bert and Terry were from the Philippines. Cliff and Stan were from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Scotland respectively. Their first hit, “A little bit of soap”, stayed No. 1 for several weeks in H.K. in 1964. They secured a contract to play in Las Vegas and were later invited to appear in The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1968, they changed their name to Society of Seven and moved to Honolulu where they stayed. They have been a very successful act for over 30 years. In 2001, a second troupe by the name of Society of Seven LV was formed. This group alternates with the original, allowing the original group to perform outside Hawaii while they continue the engagement in Hawaii.

JACK IN THE BOX (Irene Ryder)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Irene Ryder was a popular Eurasian Hong Kong English pop singer in Hong Kong during the 1960s. In 1966, she attained the unofficial title of Go Go Queen after winning a talent quest. Her first single was To Sir With Love. Among the other singles that she recorded was a duet with Robert Lee, former member of Hong Kong beat band The Thunderbirds and the younger brother of Martial Arts star Bruce Lee. The single was called Baby Baby. In 1969, she was the only female singer chosen to represent Hong Kong at the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, Japan

Saturday, September 18, 2010

THE VOICE OF LOVE (Joe Junior)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Joe Junior (Real name Jose Maria Rodrigues Jr.) is a popular English pop singer from Hong Kong during the 1960s. He has since been in a number of TVB drama series in the 1990s and 2000s playing older character roles. Joe Junior is his stage name. Regularly appeared on TV music programs as host and as performer. Some of his hits gain great popularity on the chart are: Here's a Heart, Voice of Love, The End, I Got To Find a Cupid, ....
Rodriques' family is from Macau and is of Macanese (mixed Chinese and Portuguese) ancestry

Saturday, September 11, 2010

LOVING YOU (Teresa Carpio)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Teresa Carpio is a Hong Kong English pop and Cantopop singer, actress and singing teacher, born in Hong Kong, known for her powerful voice, diverse repertoire and bubbly personality, who has enjoyed substantial popularity in Hong Kong and other countries, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. She is the mother of singer T. V. Carpio. Carpio's father is Filipino and her mother Chinese (Shanghainese). Born into a musical family (her grandfather was a concert violinist and jazz guitarist, her father Fernando, a noted jazz drummer, and several uncles were also professional musicians), Carpio began her career as a child star, winning Hong Kong's first Amateur Talent Quest in 1963 at the age of 6.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

WE CAN`T GO ON THIS WAY (Teddy Robin and The Playboys)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Teddy Robin and the Playboys was a 1960s HK English pop band. The most notable members were Teddy Robin (vocal and guitar), who has a successful career as a singer/songwriter and as actor/filmaker; and Norman Cheng (father of actor/singer Ronald Cheng) (lead guitar), who later in the 1970s went on to become a top executive in charge of the Southeast Asian operations of Polydor Records. Teddy Robin Kwan's two brothers were also part of the band, with Raymond Kwan on rhythm guitar and William Kwan on bass.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I THINK OF HER (TV) (The Kontinentals)

Anders Nelsson and the Kontinentals on HK RTV in 1986. "I Think of Her" was a big hit in Hong Kong and Macau in 1964/5.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

MACAU (The Thunders)

The most famous song about Macau, a former colony of Portugal in Southeast Asia.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY (Grace Chang)

“I Want You To Be My Baby” was the first English-language pop song produced in Hong Kong, year 1957. Sung by the exceptional singer and actress (31 movies), Grace Chang (Chang Yulan).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MY BABY DON`T CARE (Danny Diaz and The Checkmates)

From Questing Bandstand:
Danny Diaz & The Checkmates were three Filipino brothers with their brother-in-law (Romeo or Romy is married to Christine Samson, the one-time singer and bassist with D’Topnotes). They formed in Hong Kong and had a major hit “It’s So Easy” in 1966. The group’s big break came when they beat out the other top acts like Teddy Robin & The Playboys and The Mystics in the Levi’s Battle Of The Bands held in the Hong Kong Football Stadium in 1969. They went to the UK and made a few recordings out there including “Solomon Grundy”, 1969 UK). They disbanded in 1982.

Monday, August 2, 2010

KOWLOON, HONG KONG (Irene Ryder)

From WIKIPEDIA:
Irene Ryder was a popular Eurasian Hong Kong English pop singer in Hong Kong during the 1960s. In 1966, she attained the unofficial title of Go Go Queen after winning a talent quest. Her first single was To Sir With Love. Among the other singles that she recorded was a duet with Robert Lee, former member of Hong Kong beat band The Thunderbirds and the younger brother of Martial Arts star Bruce Lee. The single was called Baby Baby. In 1969, she was the only female singer chosen to represent Hong Kong at the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, Japan

A LITTLE BIT OF SOAP (The Fabulous Echoes)

A number one hit in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and Phillipines... year 1963

Sunday, August 1, 2010

DING DONG SONG (Rebecca Pan)

From Questing Bandstand:
Rebecca Pan 潘迪華 was another singer to rise to prominence during the burgeoning early 1960s cabaret scene in Hong Kong. A mixed of Mandarin and English repertoires were the rave. Rebecca’s bilingual interpretation of Rose, Rose, I love you in 1961 was classic. She followed up in 1965 with another Chinese song that had successfully translated into the West earlier: Second Spring (第二春), composed by Yao Min 姚敏 and sang by Dong Bei Bei 董佩佩 in Shanghai, and also was recorded by Tsai Chin (also known as Irene Chow, 姚莉) as Ding Dong Song in 1959 after it featured in the London stage musical The World of Suzie Wong. The English lyrics were composed by Lionel Bart. Rebecca Pan has enjoyed a very successful career which now spans five decades. Her Live In The Eagle’s Nest was Hong Kong’s first live album and Pai Niang Niang – The Legend of the White Snake 白孃孃 was also the first original Mandarin musical on the island. Rebecca Pan’s acclaimed bilingual version of Ding Dong Song and The isle of Pulau Bali are featured here, followed by the original Mandarin version of Second Spring by Dong Bei Bei.

JAMAICAN MASH (The Satellites)

Ray Cordeiro and the Oliveira Brothers from Macau, The Satellites

KISS ME HONEY HONEY KISS ME (Marilyn Palmer)

SHE`S IN HONG KONG (The Thunders)

The most popular band from Macau, my friends, The Thunders.

KOWLOON, HONG KONG (The Reynettes)

From Nada Nusantara:
The Reynettes, featuring Rose, Baby, Luz, Jeanette and brother John are a family group from Hong Kong, but spent some time in Singapore during the 60s. During their first show at the Gay World Amusement Park, they captured the minds and hearts of teenagers and adults overnight. They were a sensation that nightspots like the El Amigo, Golden Crown and Princess Garni followed up with contracts for them at their nightclubs. Their first EP was released in Hong Kong in 1966, titled "Kowloon Hong Kong" with tracks Kowloon Hong Kong, Rescue Me, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon & This Little Boy. They followed up with their second EP titled "Soulin' The Blues" that coincided with their stint in Singapore. The tracks included Knock On Wood, New Orleans, Night Train and their greatest hit, My Life Is A Lonely One, which hit the No.1 spot in the local charts.

LIES (Teddy Robin and the Playboys)

SPOONFUL OF SUGAR (The Lotus)

IT`S SO EASY (Danny Diaz and the Checkmates)

From Questing Bandstand:
Danny Diaz & The Checkmates were three Filipino brothers with their brother-in-law (Romeo or Romy is married to Christine Samson, the one-time singer and bassist with D’Topnotes). They formed in Hong Kong and had a major hit “It’s So Easy” in 1966. The group’s big break came when they beat out the other top acts like Teddy Robin & The Playboys and The Mystics in the Levi’s Battle Of The Bands held in the Hong Kong Football Stadium in 1969. They went to the UK and made a few recordings out there including “Solomon Grundy”, 1969 UK). They disbanded in 1982.

I STILL LOVE YOU (Anders Nelson & the Inspiration)

MIDNIGHT HOUR (The Mystics)

The Mystics: Michael Remedios (vocals), Tony Tavares (drums), Francis De Costa (guitar), Vasco De Costa (bass guitar), and Clifford Yim (keyboard). The only pop band from Hong Kong to play Soul Music during the 60s.

Friday, July 30, 2010

I KNOW (The Fabulous Echoes)

The Fabulous Echoes – Cliff Foenander, Stanley Robertson, Tony and Danny Ruivivar, Terry Lucido Jr and Bert Sagum – were the most successful HK English Pop Band of the early 60s.