When 60's Music Friends Had A Get-Together In Singapore (1).
The Music CD:
The Sleepwalkers are a Scandinavian, instrumental, rock n roll group that combine the Euro sounds of the Shadows with the American twang of Duane Eddy.
According to the promotional literature on its website, The Sleepwalkers, a Finnish group, play brilliant early 60's style rock 'n' roll guitar instrumentals as they provide lots of original material, crystal clear production, and perfect musical arrangements and performances.
"The members are strongly influenced by the great instrumental guitar bands, performing with character and originality and guaranteed to keep you awake -
Fat City Cigar Lounge."
If you like it laid back and twangy, then you've come to right place. The music is both exotic in imagery and easy on the ear.
Some melodies in the selection include Sleepwalkers' Theme, Twisting Tango, Mr Z, Too Young, Shazam, Twisted Fate, Cossack, Golden Earrings, Riding Guitars and six others.
From other groups, I heard about 25 more guitar instrumentals and thought these well-produced CD's deserved an airing. You can find them on YouTube.
These groups are The Quiets, The Dangermen, NoNo Soderberg, The Atomic Blast and The Youngers.
Horace Wee (local guitar legend) has this to say when I sent him the video, "Nice. Well played and great tone 👍."
For Horace to say that...
The Music Friends:
This recording and a few others from the same European connection were introduced by a Helsinki friend, Pete Hakonen (image above). Pete wrote to me just two days before coming over to Singapore last week. His speciality is rockabilly.
Pete has been reading my blog for a few years, finds Singapore and its music an interesting holiday idea. He decided to come here, away from everything else.
He had to buy his own beer when we met because I bought him only coffee and tea. Seriously though, I am glad to have met the Finland connection.
Zainal Abidin (Dukes), Michael Bangar (Silver Strings), Pete Hakonen (guest), Jerry Fernandez (Neu Faces).
This is Part One of a music connection and together, a group of 10 music-minded friends met for a chit-chat about Singapore 60's. Pete and Steven provided some insights about music from their countries.
Watch out for Part Two next when Steve, Michael Bangar and I got together to discuss Australian pops.
John Cher (Silver Strings), Horace Wee (guitar legend) and Dr Steven Farram (Darwin U).
This posting does not, in any way, promote the music CD's nor their production.