Tielman Brothers

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Tielman Brothers
Origin Indonesia
Genres Rock & Roll
Years active 1947–1976
Labels Imperial Records, Ariola, Negram, Delta, Golden 12, Philips, EMI, Killroy, Dino
Associated acts Eurasia, Tielman Express, Andy And His Indonesians, Franky And The Timebreakers, Javalins, Black Dynamites
Website Tielman Brothers
Past members Andy Tielman
Reggy Tielman
Ponthon Tielman
Loulou Tielman
Jane Tielman
Franky Luyten
Alphonse Faverey
Hans Bax
Robby Latuperisa
George de Fretes
Benny Heynen
Leo Masengi
Maurice de la Croix
Harry Koster
Dolf De Vries
Ilse Uchtmann
Eddy Chatelin
Frans Sahupala
Harry Berg
Erik "Ricky" Van Eldik
Alex Van Haasen
Robby Van Haasen
Guus Van Haasen
Sonja Bautz
Frans Vitalis
Max Tahalele
Wim Noya

The Tielman Brothers was the first Indonesian band to successfully venture into the international music scene in the 1950s. They were one of the pioneers of rock and roll in The Netherlands, later becoming famous in Europe for playing a kind of rock and roll later called Indorock, a fusion of Indonesian and Western music with roots in Kroncong.


The founders of the band are the children of Herman Tielman from Kupang and Flora Lorine Hess. Although not the first band, the Tielman Brothers were at the forefront of what was later called the Indorock scene.[1]


In 1958 the band were part of the Dutch pavilion at the Brussels World Fair. They were the relief band. While the Hawaiian band took a break, the Tielman brothers were supposed to be on for just 15 minutes but took advantage of the opportunity. While on stage they excited the audience with their stage antics while tossing instruments to each other and playing the bass with their teeth etc.[2]


In 1966, they were joined by George de Fretes who was with them for a short period of time.[3][4]

Later years[edit]

In later years, the Tielman Brothers moved to Australia. The move possibly came about from what they felt was racism and them not getting due credit for their efforts in the music business.[5]

In March 2014 the last remaining member, Reggy Tielman, died aged 80. His brothers Andy (in 2011),[6] Ponthon (2000) and Loulou (1994) preceded him.[7]


  1. ^ in Driwan Music Record Cybernuseun The Legend George De Fretes Music Record
  2. ^ American Studies in a Moment of Danger George Lipsitz Page 310
  3. ^ Bluesharmonica.nl Hawaiian muziek met o.a de Kilima Hawaiians en George de Fretes, DEEL 2: ref>Bluesharmonica.nl Hawaiian muziek met o.a de Kilima Hawaiians en George de Fretes, DEEL 2:
  4. ^ The Power Of Indonesia The Tielman Brothers, The greatest Indorock legend
  5. ^ American Studies in a Moment of Danger George Lipsitz Page 310
  6. ^ Gitarist Andy Tielman (75) overleden - Nu.nl (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Laatste Tielman Brother (80) overleden - AD (in Dutch)