Lets kick things of with the killer mega rare ‘I Found Out’ / ‘Pinoy Funk’ 45 by Eddie Munji III and Jun Regalado.
The multi-talented Eddie Munji III played the guitar, piano, bass, flute, oboe, saxophone, strings and percussion. He produced and played on many records for Philippine artists and is well known for his 1978 Pinoy Jazz, a Filipino Jazz album, which showcased his acumen, infusing strings and horns into his intricately-arranged versions of Filipino folk songs like “Bahay Kubo,” “Salidummay,” “Pandangguhan” and “Sarung Banggi.”
In 1973 he toured the US as a three-piece band with Danny Javier of Apo Hiking Society and Tony Verlade of Jazz Friends.
Munji was also the guitarist on Ryan Cayabyab’s debut album, “Roots to Routes,” which was dubbed “Pinoy Jazz II.”and also played guitar on Cayabyab’s 1980 pop-ballet, “Rama Hari,”
Sadly he died in November 2012 of a stroke at the age of 57. A musical genius gone too soon.
Jun Regalado started his career as a drummer in 1967 and went on to play and produce on countless records for Pilita Corrales, Nora Aunor, Gary Valenciano, Tadao Hayashi, Martin Nievera, Ryan Cayabyab, APO, Eddie Katindig, Sr., Zsa Zsa Padilla, The Lettermen, Sharon Cuneta, Matt Monroe, Basil Valdez, New Minstrels, Rico J. Puno, Morris Albert, Hajji Alejandro, Freddie Aguilar, Celeste Legaspi, Imelda Papin, Sandpipers, Florante, Jose Mari Chan, Ambivalent Crowd, Boy Katindig, Tirso Cruz, Eddie Munji, Tito, Vic, & Joey, Leah Navarro, Asin, Yoyoy Villame, and Pops Fernandez.
In recent years he has opened his own J.R. Recording Studios. A 24-track, two-inch tape analog facility with a Sound Craft TS-12 mixing board. They have recorded various artists like Zsa Zsa Padilla, Nora Aunor, Eraserheads and Neocolors band and have worked with BMG, Viva, and Warner record companies.
Some consider him to be the best drummer in Asia and being 50 years in the business just might prove it. Listen below: