Filed under: Hong Kong
There were two different music scenes in Hong Kong in the late Sixties. First were the garage bands like Teddy Robin & The Playboys, The Mystics, Joe Jr. & The Side Effects, Menace, Lotus, and the like. These bands generally sung in English and covered the latest songs from the UK or the US. And then there were recording artists from the Shaw Brothers film studio, like Nancy Sit and Chan Po Chu (a. k. a. Connie Chan) who recorded Chinese versions of international hits. At the same time, there were also a handful of studio musicians churning out instrumental versions of not only Western songs, but Westernized Chinese songs as well.
Much like their label mates The New Wave, The Apollo Guitar Band were apparently one of these studio bands. I have seen a few other releases by the band, but none of them feature any pictures or credits of musicians. The band’s name may have been taken from the Teisco / Kawai manufactured Apollo model guitar from that time period.
Thanks to Mack Hagood for translating the titles for me.
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