Wednesday, February 8, 2012


From Shatinterry (Youtube):
Joe Junior, real name, Jose Marie Rodrigues born on 22/7/1946. He was from a Portuguese family in Macau and moved to HK where he was born & grew up. Ever since 1963, when Joe Junior became one of the top winner of the New Star Talent Contest and formed his first band with The Hunters and later D'Topnotes, the singer in him, has never look back. Joe's biggest break with his new outfit 'The Zoundcrackers' was when they were spotted by a producer of Diamond Record Co. during their debut performance as the supporting act of The Searchers concert in HK in 1965. After some members changes & left Zoundcrackers,Joe formed his new band Jor Junior & The Side-Effect. Starting with his first album 'Once Upon A Time' in 1965, Joe enjoyed almost ten years of both critical and commercial success which included 'Here's A Heart', a huge success, remaining in the No.1 spot of RTHK Top of The Pop Chart for seven consecutive weeks. Joe suffred from a major set-back in the 80s & early 90s, when Disco music & Karaoke dominate the pop scene, Luckily Joe had a successful return with the recording of 'Memories of the Sixties' in 1996.
Text extract from 'Memories of The Sixties' CD


From Shatinterry (Youtube):
Irene Ryder is a Eurasian born in HK of an English father & a Chinese mother. In 1966 she attained the unofficial title of 'A-Go-Go-Queen' from a dance talent contest when she earned her fame. Irene was then approached by Vic Cristol of EMI & start her singing career in 1967. The first single recorded was 'To Sir With Love', but it was not until 1969 when she recorded 'Baby, Baby' with Robert Lee, Irene established her fame as a singer. Irene's first LP was 'Irene' in 1973 when she was named 'Top Female Vocalist of the year'. However her singing career came to a stand still when she had a near fatal accident in 1979. In 1998, as a result of popular demand.after recording four duets with Joe Junior, Irene returned to the recording studio to do her own album 'The Legend'.