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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Valiants - Melaka, Malaysia, Bristol, England

(A) SOME SLEEVES SPEAK (Sleeve liners):

"Most pop fans here have been demanding a new sound in music for ages. Now Philips have found this sound and introduce to you - the Valiants (image). Malacca-based Valiants have been together for three years.
Last year they were joined by John K. Couzens - a modern musician from Bristol, England. With John's guidance they have sprung from being a popular instrumental group to the top close-harmony group in Malaysia.
For the past six months they have become the most popular vocal group in Malacca. Their act on stage has the two main essentials - versatility and variety. Just listen to these four numbers penned by lead singer John and you will agree that this new sound is here to stay."
(B) Andy's Comment:
The above sleeve-liner was written by one M. Hanny and some scribblings on it noted that the vinyl was catalogued by a radio station on 24th January, 1968. Using this date as a guideline, Couzens could have joined them in 1967 and the band could have been together since 1964 or '65.
They must have reached some peak in popularity in Malacca, Malaysia or else Philips would not have invited them to record.
Vinyl info: The songs include: Big Wheel, My Elaine, Running Wild, Daddy's Home. All songs are by Couzens. Vinyl #437833 PE. It is a mono recording.
The group members: John K. Couzens (lead singer), William Rodrigues (rhythm), Roger Foo (bass), Gerald Dionysius (lead), Nik Pinto (drums) and Peter John Cutting (manager).
(C) *Peach Fuzz Forest Blog Posting:
"John was in the army and posted to Asia, where he hooked up with the band. The Valiants were an instrumental band until he arrived and added vocals, morphing them from **Indo-Rock to British beat. He wrote all the materials on this EP, although the band still sneaked in some twangs from their instrumental days.
John's wife was called Elaine (one song title) and came from Australia. He moved to Perth in the late 60s and formed Stonewall Jackson's Virginia Volunteers."
(D) Blog Comments:
1. Absolutely rare indeed, I wonder 'bout the other 2 tracks of the EP...
2. The other two tracks aren't as interesting, unfortunately! Pretty ordinary harmony pop.
3. Rare and great stuff, especially Running Wild; should've been an instant garage comp classic!
4. Very nice tunes!!! Rare and unique!!!
5. John Couzens looks like the singer in our rock band here in Perth around 1968/69. Does anyone know where John is at present?
Anyone know this band? Are they still around?
Edited article/Image: Andy Lim Collection.
**Could be Pop-Yeh-Yeh since they were from Malaysia.

5 comments:

Joel said...

Great postup sir, my dad is Gerald Dionysius(lead). Would love to have a copy of the songs. How can i go about this. Kindly advice , Sir.

The band is still performing but without John.

Gerald Dionysius would love be in touch with you.

Andy Lim* said...

Hi Joel,

Thank you for the kind words. I shall contact you if you leave me your email address which I shall not post on this blog.

I doubt I can record the songs as I do not have the machine to record vinyl to CD.

Thank you for visiting.

JOEL DIONYSIUS said...

Hi Sir,

Great!!

Plus, the Valiants is organising a Musical Fest on the 16 Sept which falls on Malaysia day (5pm to 12midnight)

And all top bands from Malacca will be playing to raise funds for school cricket.

My dad will be glad if you could come for this function. Please contact me for further information

Best Regards,
Joel Dionysius

Andy Lim* said...

Hi Joel,

Thank you for the invite. I shall try to be present but please provide more details and I shall put up a posting for you on my blog. Photos and illustrations will also be helpful.

I shall put up your letter as a current posting within these few days.

Regards.

JOE DIONYSIUS said...

Hi Andy,

Great ! Will send you the brochure soon. Don't mind if I ask, where are you based? My dad, I know he would want u to have his contact. The music fest will be in Melaka.

Will provide you with more info once I'm in front of my laptop. Do keep in touch ,