Teddy Robin & The Playboys - Language of Love
Hong Kong made under Diamond label
Record is VG+ VG++
Cover is VG with wear and ringwear one inch handwriting top left front
Vocals/guitar: Teddy Robin
Guitar: Norman Cheng
Bass: Raymond Kwan
Teddy Robin and the Playboys was a 1960s HK English pop band. The most notable members were Teddy Robin (vocal and guitar), who has a successful career as a singer/songwriter and as actor/filmaker; and Norman Cheng (father of actor/singer Ronald Cheng) (lead guitar), who later in the 1970s went on to become a top executive in charge of the Southeast Asian operations of Polydor Records. Teddy Robin Kwan's two brothers were also part of the band, with Raymond Kwan on bass and William Kwan on rhythm guitar.
Teddy Robin and The Playboys were the top English band in Hong Kong in the 60s. Their first composition I dreamed of you last night (1967) was a huge hit. Other popular songs include I can’t grow peaches on a cherry tree and the psychedelic Magic colours.
They also recorded some wonderful instrumentals including Norman’s Fancy (composed by lead guitarist, Norman Cheng) and Sands of time. They released four albums, one compilation double-album and a big number of 45s from 1965 to 1969. Teddy Robin Kwan went on to have a very successful career as a movie actor and producer.
The Beatles concert in Hong Kong in 1964 marked the birth of the golden age of the Hong Kong pop scene. From 1964 to 1969, a great number of bands appeared. They sung in English, as Cantonese and Mandarin songs were considered to be old fashion. These bands normally did cover versions of songs from the UK or the US. This scene reflects the multicultural diversity of the city. Musicians of different nationalities were active in the Hong Kong band scene: Chinese, British, Swedish, Macanese, Portuguese, Pilipinos, Singaporeans and Indians, among others. The most popular venues for stage shows and gatherings for youngsters in Hong Kong and Kowloon were called "Tea Dances".
These weekend afternoon dance parties took place in night clubs and Chinese restaurants, providing Hong Kong bands with an opportunity to play live.
Major bands were signed by Diamond, a subsidiary label of Polydor: Teddy Robin & The Playboys, The Mystics, Joe Jr. & The Side Effects, Menace, Lotus, Anders Nelson & The Inspiration, The Fabulous Echoes, D'Topnotes, Mod East, Magic Carpets, Danny Diaz & The Checkmates, to name a few. EMI on the other hand concentrated on the Mandarin song market, recording artists from the Shaw Brothers (the largest Hong Kong Movie company), such as Connie Chan (Chan Po-chu), Josephine Siao (Siao Fong-fong) and Nancy Sit, who recorded Chinese versions of international hits.
Bands who joined EMI were relatively less active and less successful in the market: Thunderbirds (whose lead singer Robert Lee, was the brother of Kung Fu star Bruce Lee), Thunders (from Macau, the only band that successfully crossed over to Hong Kong in the 60s), The Reynettes (who were a Filipino brother and sisters group), The Quest, from Singapore, who were stationed in Hong Kong in 1968. Most of the bands disbanded in 1969. In the 1970s. Teddy Robin, Joe Jr and Sam Hui (of Lotus) all became solo singers.
Yet the glory days were over. In the mid 1970s, Sam Hui single-handedly invented a new Canto-pop market.
It proved to be very successful in the coming years, thus putting a final stop to the so called "Golden Band Era of Hong Kong".