The Thunderbirds - Polly Sunday / I Do I Do
Record is VG+ ( light wear ) ( listen)
Laminated Cover is VG+ slight wear ( see pic)
The Thunderbirds (whose lead singer Robert Lee, was the brother of Kung Fu star Bruce Lee)
Robert Lee is the founder of a popular Hong Kong beat band called The Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds were a beat group similar to and on the same Hong Kong / Macao musical scene as Danny Diaz & The Checkmates, Zoundcrakers, Anders Nelson & The Inspiration, D'Topnotes and Teddy Robin & The Playboys
He founded the group in 1966 and quickly became famous in Hong Kong.
A few singles mostly or all were sung in English. Also released was Lee singing a duet with Irene Ryder.
He later moved to Los Angeles in the United States and stayed with his older brother Bruce. After Bruce Lee's death he released an album dedicated to him called The Ballad Of Bruce Lee. A single of the same title was also released.
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:
The 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".