Friday, October 8, 2010

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

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.

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