Saturday, March 06, 2021

Your Favourite Lead Guitarist During SG60's Music

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE LEAD GUITARIST 
DURING SINGAPORE's 60s MUSIC PERIOD

So many to remember, those who are still around 
and those who have passed away.
They come from different bands.

Yes, this list goes on, do contribute.
I shall put them up.
I can't remember all their names...

Avengers [Rose I.]
Boys [Naomi]
Cells Unlimited
Checkmates
Clansmen 
Commancheros
Crescendos
Cyclones
DeeTees
Dukes
Esquires
Experiments
Firebyrds
Flamingos
Flying Phantoms
Fried Ice
Heritage
Jets
Matthew n Mandarins
McCoys
Moonglows 
October Cherries
Pests Infested
Phantoms
Quests
RTS Orchestra 
Silver Strings
Straydogs
Stylers
Surfers
Thunderbirds
Tornados
Trailers
Travellers
Western Union Band

and many more...

20 comments:

TAN TEE PENG [GUITARIST] said...

My vote goes to Reggie Verghese of the Quests. Next will be Horace Wee.
I was blown away when Reggie played the Shadows' MAN OF MYSTERY when he was with the CHECKMATES.

CHARLIE YAP [LOCOMOTION BAND LEADER] said...

Reggie Verghese is always my favourite. Since my school days.
For rock n blue is Jimmy Appudurai.

IVOR LESSLAR [GUITARIST] said...

Reggie Verghese.

FABIAN FOO said...

I agree with Ivor Lesslar .

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks guys for response. I would not leave you out IVOR. Ha, ha.

JALANI MOHD [PIANO PLAYER] said...

IVOR LESSLAR.

CHARLIE YAP [LOCOMOTION BAND LEADER] said...

There is one more rock guitarist I like.
He is SOON.
He has faded away.
I have jammed with him before.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

There you go IVOR, one of the best, even today

Anonymous said...

Interestingly. October Cherries is not even included in the list of bands. Their album, Dreamseller, convinced me that their lead guitarist, Pete Diaz, is the best. Original riffs and how they blend in with the songs.

MICHAEL BANGAR [PROFESSIONAL GUITARIST] said...

watch perform as a Great Music Fan.
Reggie Verghese of The Quests, Benny Chan of The Checkmates (in AussieLand today), Robert Suriya of Naomi & The Boys, the late Victor Woo of The Trailers & Dickie Buoy of The Silver Strings. Derrick Fitzgerald of The Thunderbirds. And from The Flybaits we had Victor Kway & Rex Goh who went on to play with the International Aussie Band Air Supply.
Matthew & The Mandarins had 4 good guitar players : the late Neil Alexander, Michael Png (also played Pedal Steel Guitar), Derrick Danker (now in Australia) & the late Guitar & Pedal Steel Guitarist Yeo Peng Khoon, who started by playing with Don Nonis & His Mavericks. Tony Shotam of The Ex-periment with vocalist Joe Chandran (now known as Joseph Aaron). Both Australians now.
Rock & Blues Guitarists like Jimmie Appadurai-Chua & L T Soon of The Straydogs, Alam Shah of Pests Infested & S'pore's Jimi Hendrix Ray Anthony of Fried Ice. He was also a founding member of the band Heritage.
Sorry if I left out a few bands
We must also not forget those pre-60's S'pore Pop Scene guitarists. Great Players like Harry Martnez (he who tuitioned many later Spore Pop Guitarists)

For me hard to rate ONE becase all were good in their own way.
Also Derrick Fitzgerald and Alam Shah.

MICHAEL BANGAR [PROFESSIONAL GUITARIST] said...

Sorry Andy (I left out),
all late: Sunny Bala, Christie Joseph, Maurice Patton (also played Hawaiian Guitar). Vintage S'pore Guitarists not forgotten (all late) : Tony Danker, George Hendrix, Barney Mourier, Dolly Topaz, Jimmy Tupaz & many more. At last count Robert Suriya lives on Guam. And the late Neil Alexander was also a founding member of Don Nonis's Mavericks.

MICHAEL LEE from SYDNEY AUSTRALIA said...

If have to vote for another I will vote for Horace Wee.

SIMON NG (BASSIST) said...

Andy, to be honest, I'm not good enough to judge.
But which lead guitarist I like best ?
Well, my choice would be Horace Wee who played with the RTS Band.

CEDRIC COLLARS (PERTH/AUSTRALIA) said...

Sorry Andy
to vote is like asking to choose which food or song is better.
They were all good and I can say that Horace Wee was the one who introduced innovation in music with his musical instruments.
Guess Singapore had a big pool of musical talent.

IRENE YAP (RECORDING ARTISTE) said...

There are too many good lead guitarists here in Singapore!
Most are close friends of mine and some have left us!
I would consider them all the best!!!

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

Ivor Lesslar
Reggie Verghese.

Foo Jong Fook
I agree with Ivor Lesslar .

Andy Young
Thanks guys for response. I would not leave you out IVOR. Ha, ha.

Jalani Mohamed
Ivor Lesslar

Andy Young
There you go IVOR, one of the best, even today.

Andy Young
Thanks Moody Cash.

Stephen Han
My vote goes to Reggie Verghese of the Quest

Michael Lee
Base on you qualifier One of the best my vote goes to Reggie.

Freda Hanum
Yeah hooray, my very dear good friend the late Reggie Verghese 👍

JAMES KWOK said...

Hank Marvin of The Shadows.

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

John Geno-Oehlers
Singapore? Reggie Vergese

John Geno-Oehlers
Later, Dixie Ferdninards

Andy Young
Author
Hi John, You must be living in Singapore... Thanks for the thumbs up.

John Geno-Oehlers
Yes in S’pore for 70+ years.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

THANKS FOR THE HUGE RESPONSE EVERYONE.
IT'S YOUR FAVOURITE GUITARIST, RATHER.
JUST YOUR OWN SELECTION...

FACEBOOK CHATS said...

Michael Lee
Hi Andy I tend to agree with Mike Bangar.
Just like food one man's meat is another man's poison.

Freda Hanum
Andy Young Do agree, there's many great guitarist, hard to vote who's the best.

Andy Young
So we follow our style, 'favourite' is a better choice of words.

Francis Anthony Rozells
How about Sonny Bala......my pick.

Andy Young
Yes, Francis. I totally agree. Thanks for your choice.

Charlie Yap Locomotion
Reggie Verghese is always my favourite. Since my school days... 🎸🎶🙂👍
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Andy Young
Thanks Charlie. Yes, he's always a favourite.

Mokhtar Hassan
Beside Reggie Verghese (RIP), Eddie Salim (RIP) there is Ivor Lesslar, Abd. Shukor, Reggie, last but not the list my very own guitarist Salim of Neu Faces.

Andy Young
Dear Mokhtar, You made that important balance. Thanks very much.
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