Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

The Apollo Guitar Band
December 27, 2009, 6:09 am
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.

If you have any further information on the band, please contact me or leave a comment.

Thanks to Mack Hagood for translating the titles for me.

Catalog number NWLP 8035 on New Wave Record of Hong Kong, manufactured in Malaysia by Life Records. No release date listed.



Happy New Year to you.

Comment by icastico

You are certainly correct that this is a studio group. They made many records for Life Records (as well as New Wave). A lot of their music is of marginal interest as popular music but they were obviously skilled musicians. Some of the many records feature some good tracks. The LP you show is one of the least interesting musically as it is all Chinese New Year songs, but a good choice for a New Year listing! Please contact me ( if you want other better albums by The Apollo. I also have many other Asian teenbeat and pop records from Hong Hong, Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia.

Comment by Ross Laird

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