Thursday, January 14, 2010

(4) E&O Hotel, Georgetown Penang And Kuala Lumpur Cricket Club, Malaya, 60s, Soliano Bros.


"When we discussed music and I informed him that I was a big band jazz vocalist he invited me to talk to a couple of the local band boys that worked at the hotel. I ended up singing with two of the bands in the E&O during the weekends.

Also posted in Penang at that time were the Royal Green Jackets. Some of the Regiments' bandsmen used to come to the E&O where I got to know a few of the lads that played traditional and modern jazz. With the help of the manager of the same hotel, we set up a Sunday Jazz Club and alternated to play the two types of music.

A member of one of the local bands that I worked with was called Gino, a vibes player. He did the arrangements for a 17-piece big band for the Soliano Brothers, who were playing for a radio broadcast and for the Kuala Lumpur Cricket Club (KLCC) in Malaya. I was invited to sing."

Are you familiar with the E&O Hotel in Penang, Malaysia? Does anyone knows Lance Raymond when he sang there in the 60s?

Check: December 29th, 30th for Postings 1 and 2 for on British Servicemen in Singapore.

Image/Edited Information: Lance Raymond.

From: P.C. Collection.


Teoh said...

My home town, Kedah, is just next to Penang. I even studied in Penang for 2 years.

I passed by E&O Hotel many times but never stepped inside. It is a hotel that is very elegant and with so much old day charm.

Victor said...

There's a photo of E&O Hotel here.

Andy, I am just being curious. Does P.C. Collection mean "Profkingsfield"? Did he request that you only quote his initials?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi BC,
Thanks for the comment on the E&O Hotel. I have yet to visit it or stay at this place. I am wondering if there are bands still playing 60s music in the lounge or bar?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Victor,
Thank you for the picture of the E&O Hotel.
Yes you are right; it is P.C. but I have requested it and explained why.

Teoh said...

Andy, If there is any live band performance there, it should be oldies rather hot and loud music.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks B.C. I guess it will be like the Raffles Hotel in Singapore as the quality and standard of the place is of a certain societal level.