At the onset, this page is dedicated to all the Musicains of Bangalore,
present and past, and those who went before us giving us the joy of a melody
from their souls in a true spirit of love for music.The background music is
composed by Gussy a musician from Bangalore, dedicated to Bangalore. I also
would like to tell all my friends and fellow musicians of a miracle that
took place on 30 January 2000. Four musicians (Henry Stevens, Gussy Rikh,
Romaine Hayes and Alen Fintzel) from Bangalore put their mites together and
gave me a Fender Jazz Bass guitar, and one friend (Joy Chase) visiting India
from California brought the guitar down from Delhi. They have dedicated the
guitar gift to the late Devil Beats members Ronnie Rikh, Chippy Briggs and
Ginger Peck. This really puts me in a spot as I have to really do some playing
and get myself an amplifier to match the guitar!!This was all because I had
a dream 'I owned a Fender Jazz Bass!!' Miracles and Dreams do happen!! Now
I dreaming of a bass amp!! Ha! Ronnie!
In view of todays tragic loss to the world, I personally along with my
family, and the musicians of Bangalore, would like to send our condolences
to Paul McCartney (ex - Beatle ) on the loss of his beloved wife Linda McCartney,
and to their family. May God be with you through this time of emptiness, but
it is always full when you have it in your heart. My home page
supports the 'Pink Ribbon' for Breast Cancer Awareness.
A music chat on "All That Jazz" ... on one of the
Indian Sites was a little confusing ..
Being one of the not too old veterans of the Music scene ... Jazz as I
can remember in the days belonged to Big Brass Bands like Fred Hitchcock,
and His Rhythm Stars
the Elite Aces
), (as per Alec Alverez, this Band was contracted to the Bowring Institute,
and also used to play at different occasions like the Blue & White Ball
with Fred Hitchcock's swingophonians, and the A.F.I. Band, courtesy of it's
Commandant, Lt. Col. E.D. Davenport, ex-teacher of St. Joseph's E.H. School,
as it was then known. Claude's tombstone mentions his leadership of the Elite
Aces, and can be found at the Hosur Road R.C. Cemetery, Plot 9 last row. )
,... and so on ... they played real cool dance music that floors of the Halls
of Bowring Institute and Bangalore Club bounced (being wooden floors with
springs) ... other maestros were late Dizzy Sal (played with Duke Ellington).
the late J.T. Williams (organist of St. Andrew's Church, Choirmaster, Jazz
Musical, Bandmaster of a number of Schools, his son Ashley Williams has taken
over the mantle. Ashley is Musicmaster at Sophia Girl's School ) ; late Ralph
Mitchell, Aubrey Mitchell, David & Tom Fritzgerald are some of the great
entertainers. I had a letter from Eric Welsh and he recalls the music scene
of the '40's. Will be putting some details a little later.
Check out the Richmond Town Park Music Revival Concert, April 30, 2000!
Check out the Concerts at the Guru Nayak Bhavan on 1st & 2nd July,
2000 for Richmond Town Park!
CLICK for Concert for Dominic Saldhana, "Jazz for a Cause", Sat. 13th May,
2000, at the "Pinch of Jazz", Central Park, Bangalore
Later down the line came the Pop scene of Biddu, Ignatius, Loy Machado..
Biddu did have a group called the Trojans that played at Trinkas in Calcutta..
they took the Beatles styles very down to tights and hair... of course the
trail back at Bangalore the home of most of the contemporary musicians. Groups
(Late Ronnie Rikh, Late Chippy Briggs, Romain Hayes, Allen Fintzel, Late
Ginger Peck, Gussy Rikh. Allen named the group, I just contacted him after
34 yrs!!), Ivan Peres
remarks 'I was also associated with the Devil beats. I did a few gigs with
them when they played at the Bus Club and the Moodys Queen Ball and ITC dances.
I played piano accordion which was a sort of substitute for Organ which was
way beyond the reach of ordinary beat groups', The Pacesetters, Missing Links,
Dinosaurs, Tramp, Axis, Void (
- the most famous guitarist of Bangalore, Fiaz Ahmed, Ravi (Ravi
Born 15 July 52, met with an accident on 30 July 2003 at Dubai, cremated
on 2 Aug 03 at Kalpali, Bangalore) & Sudhir Rao), Konarak ( Gerry
D'moss - drums, Ramani Krishnan - bass - now in Germany or Israel and Cookie
on guitar. Konorak, an experimental rock group, today a jaz-rock-fusion group
that was around in the '70's and made different music.
is a good guitarist who experiments with all types of rythyms, I remember
is famous VOX100 Bass amp that they used to move around on a cart like a
coffin (understand that this amp has finally been buried!!). , Silencers (from
Malaysia, a group of students with their VOX Amps and Fenders!!), Heartbreakers
(Paul (drums), David(lead guitar) & Marianne Santiago(vocals) with Jude
Gonsalves(bass guitar), all are in Australia), Late Tony Fonseco and the local
BS&T's, and so the line goes on... there used to be a lot of sharing of
kits as the City did not have enough to go around ... can you imagine that..
there used to be the Simla Beat Competitions, andm jam sessions almost every
weekend... so the musicians were full time on the road!! .. of course for
99% of them .. it was a second job or a break from college.. other musicians
were Carl Peters (Bass), Prem Naidu (Drums), Podgey (Drums), Bundu (Bass)
...Late Peter Neuman (on Drums, and being Santa at the Catholic Club, and
other places).... another great group that used to specialize in 'Stepphenwolf
music' was the Dinosaurs who were led by Roy from Malaysia (lead vocals),
John Iype (lead guitar), Christie (bass guitar), Derek Sequeira ( Drums) and
their manager was Chubby the Blond! later Robert Stacey joined the group on
guitar. Another group was the Apaches - Conrad & Glen Domingo (guitars),
Lance O'Guedes (guitar; e-mail:
), and their cousin on drums. Lance had his own band in Canada called "Man
Alive"! Raymond D'silva of Whitefield remembers Lance playing with Desmond
Atkins. I met Babu Khan (M.A. Khan)(Pacesetters, singer and bass guitar) and
had a talk with Romaine Hayes's son in Bangalore, one recalled his music days
the other listened about his father's ways! Another musician not to forget
is Peter Issac, who I understand is with the Chronic Blues Band,
and will be performing at the Richmond Town Park!
Some serious musicians moved to Bombay (Mumbai as the City is now called)
and reformed like Sky with Xerses & Gussy (Human Bondage & Void /
Devil Beats), groups also came down to Bangalore to support the local trade
like Atomic Forest, People, etc... that was some of the heavy stuff with Madhukar
What is confusing about the account of the Human Bondage on the
referred to data, is that I remember that their singer was Babu (Henry Joseph,
who also played steel flute, has a band Out of the Blues in Spain, recently
had a concert at Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park and also at the Tamirind Tree!),
Suresh Shottam on Guitar (understand from Dr. Tommy Chandy, that Suresh has
his own Music Studio in the States, and writes Music Scores), his brother
Ramesh on Drums (now he plays with Embryo in Germany. Ramesh visited Bangalore
on 11 Jan 1999 with a Jazz music troupe called 'Madras Special' to perform
at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. Ramesh is presently based in Cilogne, and was
commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk - West German Radio to perform in South
India and make a 50-minute recording in interaction with Brahaddwani Research
Centre in Madras, and the Karnataka College of Percussion in Bangalore. He
had returned in the mid-seventies to study the tavil, a traditional
temple music drum. Madras Special also features Norbert Scholly on the Guitar,
Zoltan Lantos on the Violin, Jorgos Psirakis on Saxophone, and Carl-Ludwig
Hubsch on the Tuba. Ramesh looks a lot different when I last saw him,
and theres quite a lot of top-turf missing.), Xerses on Bass, Hammie Gabriel
jammed in with Keyboards, Radha did join them later, their hangouts in Bangalore
were " The Only Place " (What is now Motha Arcade), "3-Aces"(was burnt down
years ago?), " High Gates Hotel " (still going strong on Church Street), Bamboo
Grove ... these were the Cool Sites!! of those days!!
the need to remind you of a few more musicians/entertainers that
did not get a mention
in your article.
Henry hails from an Anglo Indian family, who’s grandparents roots
goes back in the 1800’s. His grandfather the late Mervyn Arthur Pereira was
the Oldest British Pensioner In India when he Died and the most Paid. Henry’s
father died when he was 7 years. At the age of 7 with two older brothers
and a sister living with his maternal Grandparents went on to face life’s
Henry from 7 has been talented in Singing and Acting. He represented
the school in all theatreical performances and singing and was an active
singer in the church Choir. At age 12 he was the key in the Kristu Jyoti’s
Opera "Challenge on the mountain" an opera that practiced for 6 months. "Hello
Dolly" was another of his great performances, and later on he represented
his school and College at Inter collegiate festivals at a National level.
Branded as the Junior Jim reeves, with a rich deep voice stole quite
a few awards at talent shows in Bangalore. In 1985, he appeared on the Local
Television Program, the programme was prepared at Kristu Jyoti Studio, and
was backed by the group called Stylus: Kenny Beale (Bass Guitar), Nicky Furtardo
(Lead Guitar), Mike Furtardo (Drums), Peter Faria (Keyboard) and Arthur Pais
He now lives in Canada after spending 10 years in the Gulf with his
wife Fiona and 4 children, Joshua, Rebekah, Amos and Grace.
He’s in the leading field of technology and currently holds a Senior
Management position at a National level for a fast growing communications
company. He is also the worship leader in the Church he attends in Canada,
and has recently composed and written his own songs. Henry also has a flair
for writing and is self publishing his book in India, that speaks about his
life and the Victory of living in Christ.
Henry's vision is to continue in his musically excellence and go forward
in the Worship Ministry and lead people to Christ through the power of Praise
Those musicians from Bangalore who know Henry will surely know that he
will be successful in his music career, and wish him God's Blessings to fulfill
At this time of updating
this page, we lost two of Bangalore's good musicians on the 5th March 1999,
the great pianist Mother Good Shepherd, of Sacred Heart's Girls' High School,
Bangalore who was interred on 6th March at the Convent, and
Carlisle Bartley passed away at Muscat on 5th March 1999, and will be buried
in Bangalore on 10th March 1999 at the R.C. Cemetery on Hosur Road
.... Ron, 9th March, '99.
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