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Benny Soebardja

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Indonesian rock musician, one of the most important ones of the country.

Guitarist and songwriter Benny Soebardja’s first group where he was the guitarist was The Peels in 1967. Being tired of covering other bands (Cream, Beatles, Hendrix), he left to form Shark Move. Occasionally he also joined God Bless and GPL (Group Pecinta Lagu) around 1972. When one band member of Shark Move died, the group disbanded. Benny Soebardja then joined Giant Step, while his personal band was called Lizard. In the beginning the history of Giant Step and Lizard were a bit mixed. Some members were similar. During the Lizard years you hear how the English songs mattered more and more and the style went from a rockier side to a more ballad side, with use of acoustic guitars too. British poet Bob Dook guided the English lyrics, so that they got their own qualities. During the whole period Benny also distinguished himself as a good electric guitarist.

DISCOGRAPHY
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01. The Peels, 1967 - The Peels By Public Demand in Singapore, Gamada Rec.
02. The Peels, 1968 - Selamat Tinggal Singapura (Mini Album), Gamada Rec.
03. Shark Move, 1970 - Shark Move, SM Rec.
04. Fantastique Group, 1976 – Hidup Seniman-Vol.2 (Purnama Record)
05. Giant Step, 1975 - Giant Step Mark I, Lucky Rec.
06. Giant Step, 1976 - Giant on The Move, SM Rec.
07. Giant Step, 1977 - Kukuh Nan Teguh, Nova Rec.
08. Giant Step, 1978 - Persada Tercinta, Irama Tara
09. Giant Step, 1979 - Tinombala, Irama Tara
10. Giant Step, 1980 - Volume III, Irama Tara

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