Posted by themusicsover on November 10, 2011
May 30, 1936 – November 10, 2011
Andy Tielman was a popular Indonesian singer and guitarist who, during the ’50s and ’60s, popularized a genre of music called indorock. Known as the “Godfather of Indorock,” Tielman combined the best of ’50s American rock ‘n roll with Indonesian rhythms. By doing so, he became one of the most popular acts throughout Europe during his peak years. He was also praised for being an excellent showman on the stage. By the late ’50s, Tielman had moved with his family from the Dutch East Indies where he was born, to the Netherlands. And in 1958, he released what is referred to as the first Dutch rock ‘n roll single. He and his band, the Tielman Brothers went on to become one of the most influential pop groups in Dutch history. They continued to record and perform well into the 2000s in one form or another. Tielman himself has been cited as a direct influence on the likes of Barry Hay of Golden Earring, and Jan Akkerman of Focus. Andy Tileman, age 75, died of gastric cancer on November 10, 2011.
Thanks to Harry for the assist.