Friday, August 03, 2018

Teddy Robin&The Playboys- At Their Best

Hong Kong English pop (Chinese: 英文歌) are English language songs that are made, performed and popularised in Hong Kong. It is known as simply English pop by Hong Kong people. The height of the English pop era in Hong Kong was from the 1950s to mid 1970s

The Beatles concert in Hong Kong in 1964 marked the birth of the golden age of the Hong Kong pop scene. From 1964 to 1969, a great number of bands appeared. They sung in English, as Cantonese and Mandarin songs were considered to be old fashion. These bands normally did cover versions of songs from the UK or the US. This scene reflects the multicultural diversity of the city. Musicians of different nationalities were active in the Hong Kong band scene: Chinese, British, Swedish, Macanese, Portuguese, Pilipinos, Singaporeans and Indians, among others. The most popular venues for stage shows and gatherings for youngsters in Hong Kong and Kowloon were called "Tea Dances".  These weekend afternoon dance parties took place in night clubs and Chinese restaurants, providing Hong Kong bands with an opportunity to play live. Major bands were signed by Diamond, a subsidiary label of Polydor: Teddy Robin & The Playboys, The Mystics, Joe Jr. & The Side Effects, Menace, Lotus, Anders Nelson & The Inspiration, The Fabulous Echoes, D'Topnotes, Mod East, Magic Carpets, Danny Diaz & The Checkmates, to name a few.  EMI on the other hand concentrated on the Mandarin song market, recording artists from the Shaw Brothers (the largest Hong Kong Movie company), such as Connie Chan (Chan Po-chu), Josephine Siao (Siao Fong-fong) and Nancy Sit, who recorded Chinese versions of international hits. Bands who joined EMI were relatively less active and less successful in the market: Thunderbirds (whose lead singer Robert Lee, was the brother of Kung Fu star Bruce Lee),  Thunders (from Macau, the only band that successfully crossed over to Hong Kong in the 60s), The Reynettes (who were a Filipino brother and sisters group),  The Quest, from Singapore, who  were stationed in Hong Kong in 1968. Most of the bands  disbanded in 1969. In the 1970s. Teddy Robin, Joe Jr and Sam Hui (of Lotus) all became solo singers. Yet the glory days were over. In the mid 1970s, Sam Hui single-handedly invented a new Canto-pop market. It proved to be very successful in the coming years, thus putting a final stop to the so called "Golden Band Era of Hong Kong".

Kwan Wai-pang ( born 2 March 1945 in Guilin, Guangxi), better known as Teddy Robin ( is a Hong Kong English pop singer-songwriter, actor, and director. He began his music career in 1960s when Hong Kong English pop was at 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.

Teddy Robin&The Playboys

Teddy Robin Kwan (vocals, guitar), Norman Cheng (lead guitar), William Kwan (rhythm guitar), Raymond Kwan (bass), Frederick Chan (drums), Ricky Chan (keyboards, 1968-?)


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