Sunday, April 24, 2011

I WONDER WHY (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.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I BELIEVE (D`Starlights)

From Questing Bandstand:
One of the better known Pilipino bands which played in clubs around Singapore in 1967. They changed the mindset of local bands by introducing brass and the keyboard to augment the basic setup for a guitar band. They also played a lot of American-influenced music with great harmony and voicing.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

HAVA NAGILA (The Quests)

The Quests from Singapore, Southeast Asia`s best instrumental pop band in the 60`s and 70`s!???

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SONATA OF LOVE (Cris Solano & D`Swooners)

From Questing Bandstand:
They were a Filipino band formed in 1963. They went to Hong Kong and played in nightclubs. In 1965, they recorded “My Sonata of Love” (composed by Vic Cristobal) on the Diamond label which became a big hit. They opened for The Kinks and Manfred Mann in Hong Kong. A Japanese talent scout saw them and took them to Japan. They released two singles and two albums in Japan including the very successful psychedelic GS “Please Please Trina” on Philips in 1968. Cris Solano (vocals, bass), Charlie Cajilig (guitar), Ernie Espiritu (organ), Ronnie Parina (vocals, trumpet, saxophone), Eddie Fortuno (drums)

Monday, April 11, 2011

WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU (Teddy Robin and the Playboys)

From Wikipedia:
Kwan Wai-pang (traditional Chinese: 關維鵬; born 2 March 1945 in Guilin, Guangxi), better known as Teddy Robin (Chinese: 泰迪羅賓), is a Hong Kong English pop singer-songwriter, actor, and director. He began his music career in 1960s when Hong Kong English pop were in its peak in terms of popularity in Hong Kong. He led a band named Teddy Robin and the Playboys. He later became an actor, film director, producer and composer. Kelvin Kwan, his nephew, is currently a singer in Hong Kong.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I`M EASY (Teresa Carpio)

From Wikipedia:
Teresa Carpio is a Hong Kong English pop and Cantopop singer, actor and singing teacher, born in Hong Kong. She is the mother of singer T. V. Carpio. For several years from 1975 onwards Carpio had her own TV variety show in Hong Kong, on which she performed both solo and with several of her siblings. She released many albums in Hong Kong from 1976 onwards; her early releases under EMI such as the EMI's "Sound Hit" series on vinyl record. Eventually six of her album under EMI went gold, in which she featured cover versions in English of western hits, including an album with George Lam. She made numerous television appearances in Hong Kong, in the late 1970s. Carpio was the first and the youngest Hong Kong singer ever, to appear on national TV, in Japan. She has performed in many other countries as far apart as Singapore, Malaysia, Tahiti, Brunei, the USA and Canada.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


From Questing Bandstand:
Kong Ling is known as “Singing sweetheart of Hong Kong”. She won an inter-school competition in 1951. By 1954, she was singing in Singapore, an engagment which lasted for nine months. When she returned to H.K., her popularity only continued to grow. She was in such high demand that she was singing in three separate nightclubs every evening. In the beginning, Kong Ling was singing mostly Mandarin covers of popular English songs. She recorded her first LP in English in 1960 on Diamond label called “Hong Kong presents the Off-beat Cha Cha” (Off-beat was first popularized in Manila). In her second LP, “Theme from a Dream”, Diamond wanted the best so they got The Fabulous Echoes to back Kong Ling.