There were a lot of guitar styled rock and roll groups in Holland in the early
sixties. Nearly every town had their own native favourites. But although a
big number of bands try to reach the upper atmospheres of record land, very
few really have gained some kind of nation wide popularity. The reason for
this mostly was that the highest level attainable was determined by the
technical possibilities of their amplifiers, echo-units and the quality of their
The Three Anthonio Brothers completed with their drummer boy Laurens
Mueller, were not only equipped with the finest instruments and amplifiers but
they had a rhythmic and musical feeling that really makes four steady
musicians out of them. All were born in Indonesia, which country they left in
1949, in the time when the Republic of Indonesia was created. Their position
in Holland was not easy. The change in manners, morals, climate and more of
those factors were difficult and it was also logical that the facets of their own
Indonesian culture came in the middle of interest. One was their way of
Father Anthonio played the violin, guitar, piano, drums. Mother played piano
too. You see: background enough. And the boys really did take over their
parents capacities. In 1960 it was decided that the boys would go along
together with their good friend the drummer and so the band was born. From
that time on, success was the result of a lot of practising. Every penny they
earned was spent on new instruments. In this field mother Anthonio became
a very important person because she lent the money for the most necessary
things to start with. Within 3 month an remarkable repertoire was known.
Every Saturday night was goin to be an 'action' night. In very few time their
reputation went to other towns, and engagements followed each other. In
the meantime they had their own headquarters in Amsterdam, a very big fan
club giving dancing parties every Saturday- and Sunday night. This drew the
attention of the record-people and in January 1962 the first disc came out.
Eddy Denver, (their singer at that time) and the Black Arrows in 'Forty
Days'/'Tough Enough'. More discs followed, instrumentals as well as with
different vocalists. More and more they became one of the leading groups.
That was the time the LP 'Solid Sound In Guitars' was released. I think that
they succeeded in a very delicate, special way.
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