Dara Puspita

Dara Puspita

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Dara Puspita (Flower Girls) was Indonesia’s most successful girl band of the 1960s. While there were many popular female vocalists in Indonesia at that time, they nearly all relied on the services of a backing band. Dara Puspita was one of the few girl groups who actually played all their own music as well.

Dara Puspita hailed from the city of Surabaya in East Java and first formed in 1964 with the line-up of sisters Titiek Adji Rachman Titiek A. R.) on guitar and Lies Soetisnowati Adji Rachman (Lies A. R.) on bass, along with Susy Nander on drums and Ani Kusuma on rhythm guitar. In April 1965 Lies left the band for a month to finish school and was replaced on bass by Titiek Hamzah. When Lies returned she took the place of Ani on rhythm guitar and Titiek Hamzah stayed on as bass player. It was with this line-up that the band set out to conquer the world.

In 1965 the band relocated to Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, and soon gained a reputation as a sensational live act
The band’s stage act and the songs they played were clearly influenced by contemporary British bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, whose music at the time was banned in Indonesia.

In late 1965 the political situation in Indonesia swung 360 degrees and rock and roll could be played again with impunity, so when Dara Pupita’s first album, Jang Pertama (The First), was released in 1966 they had little to fear.

Dara Puspita followed up their first album with the self-titled Dara Puspita later in the year and in 1967 put out two albums, Green Green Grass and A Go Go. The title track from the latter album, and the song Believe Me, are good examples of the band’s beat credentials.

In 1968 they took the almost unprecedented move for an Indonesian band of trying their luck in Europe and spent the next few years touring in England, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Hungary. They even played in Turkey and Iran. While in England they recorded two singles for CBS and recorded another for Philips in Holland.

In late 1971 the band returned to Indonesia and played a number of concerts, but enthusiasm was starting to wane and in April 1972 they played their last show.

Susy was keen to keep going and together with Titiek Hamzah recorded a number of albums using the Dara Puspita name, but it was really the end.

Today only Titiek Hamzah continues in the Indonesian music industry, where she has had great success as a song-writer.
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Dara Puspita Discography Tracks

Albums

Dara Puspita Jang Pertama (Album) Mesra Indonesia 1966 Sell This Version
LP-6 Dara Puspita Dara Puspita(LP) Mesra LP-6 Indonesia 1966 Sell This Version
LP-13 Dara Puspita Green Green Grass(LP, Album) Mesra LP-13 Indonesia 1967 Sell This Version
A. 6708 Dara Puspita A Go Go(10", Album) El Shinta Records A. 6708 Indonesia 1967 Sell This Version
AKL-045 Dara Puspita Tabah & Cobalah(LP, Album) Indra AKL-045 Indonesia 1972 Sell This Version
RMC-338 Dara Puspita Dara Puspita(Cass, Album) Remaco RMC-338 Indonesia Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BT-107 Dara Puspita Dara Puspita(7", EP) Bintang BT-107 Malaysia 1966 Sell This Version
INEP-4001 Dara Puspita Lagu Rindu(7", EP) Intan Records INEP-4001 Singapore 1966 Sell This Version
OREP 102 Dara Puspita Ali Baba(7", EP) Orchid Record OREP 102 Singapore 1967 Sell This Version
EPLN-2 Dara Puspita / Kus Bersaudara* Dara Puspita / Kus Bersaudara* - Pesta Pak Lurah / Halo Halo / Ami / Senandung Malam Hari(7", EP) Irama EPLN-2 Indonesia 1967 Sell This Version
OREP 101 Dara Puspita Mari Mari(7", EP) Orchid Record OREP 101 Singapore 1967 Sell This Version
SIEP 1003 Dara Puspita Mengapa(7", EP) SEAN SIEP 1003 Malaysia 1967 Sell This Version
EPLN 11 Dara Puspita A Go Go(7", EP) Irama EPLN 11 Indonesia 1967 Sell This Version
Tikki, Takki, Suzy & Lies* Ba-Da-Da-Dum (Single) CBS Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
44S Tikki, Takki, Suzy & Lies* Ba-Da-Da-Dum(7", Single) Green Light (2) 44S Sweden 1970 Sell This Version
6100 059 Dara Puspita Tikkie, Takkie, Suzy, Lee(7", EP) Decca 6100 059 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 5158 Tikki, Takki, Suzy & Lies* Ba Da Da Dum / Bienvenido Al Hogar(7") CBS CBS 5158 Spain Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Dara Puspita The Garage Years (Comp) Groovie Records Portugal 2010 Sell This Version
SF054 Dara Puspita 1966-1968(CD, Comp) Sublime Frequencies SF054 US 2010 Sell This Version