Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Dorothy And Vampires - All-Girl Group (Pt II)
Black bats, black cats or fiery pumpkins, the image below, taken from a souvenir magazine, shows The Vampires.
Whether they were part of a Halloween group to scare others was questionable but from the vinyl recorded and publicity given, the girls were very popular and had appeared in a number of variety shows and private functions in the sexy sixties in Singapore.
The description and position of each member in the magazine image is clear. From Dinner and Dance Magazine - 2nd October 1965, standing (left to right): Connie Fong is 18 and is a student at the Nanyang Academy of Arts. She plays the rhythm guitar and decided to opt for music some six months ago.
Rebecca Fong (with moon-glasses) is 18 and the lead guitarist and leader of the group. She is a student of the Sacred Heart School and took up music a year ago.
Front row (left to right): shows Gladys Ang, 17 years and is a student of Geylang Methodist School. She studied music nine months ago. Cynthia Fong is in the center and attends Fairfield Methodist School. She took up the drums a year ago. Montaz Akib is the 2nd lead guitarist, is 16 and student of Geylang Methodist School. She went for a music course year ago.
They had all gone for a TV audition and were accepted to appear on the small screen, so be on the lookout for this sensational teenage group. They are under the able hands of *Harry Martinez, Singapore's well-known music tutor."
The top image shows a Philips (438302 QE) recording of the same group. It features the same members (I think?) accompanying a vocalist called Dorothy. They pressed four Chinese (Mandarin) songs. These girls are unique within the Singapore 60s music circuit because I cannot think of another all-girl guitar group that plays Chinese music. Can you?
The band is known as Du Le Di in Chinese and the four songs translated into English are: Love Is Like A Balloon, Singing A Never Ending Song For You, Ah Lah Nah (Alanah) and Lian Hen (another Chinese name?)
*(Harry Martinez lived at Siglap on the East Coast and was a popular music tutor in the 60s who talent scouted his own students and grouped them into successful pop bands. The Silver Strings was such a group.)
Were you one of the band members? Is this the same group that was with Satellite Records? Do write in to tell us.
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Image/Original article: Andy Lim Collection.