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Lionel Troy & the Alpha Omega's 
 

    The Alpha Omega's Toured in Vietnam for much of years 1968 - 1972

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History of the Alpha Omega Entertainment Group
- by Lionel Duncombe

Lionel Troy and the Alpha Omega  Vietnam 1968-72.  Lionel Troy and the Alpha Omega's.  Lionel was the leader of an Australian show-group in Vietnam called, Alpha  Omega. A professional group of musicians and singers who toured Vietnam at various times from 1968-1972. They were not a USO outfit. The group lived off the local economy.  Unlike the official USO entertainers in Vietnam, my group stayed in Vietnam for up to a year at a time. They traveled all over the Nam, from the DMZ to the Delta, by air and by road, often without a military escort.  Lionel Duncombe (Stage Name - Lionel Troy) his current.
 Email addresses are:
duncombe@amaze.net.au  or  duncombe@bigfoot.com
Snail Mail: Lionel Duncombe P.O Box 1251 Dee Why 2099 Sydney New South Wales Australia.    http://grunt.space.swri.edu/ozlf.htm

 


 Alpha Omega I -   The bands first tour to Vietnam had the show name of -  New Fun & Dames -  toured  Oct. 1968 -  Jun. 1969

The main musicians were from Sydney and recruited in 1968.   Tassie Hamilton join the group shortly after the bands arrival in Vietnam.  Tassie had been working with other in-country shows prior to Alpha Omega 's arrival. 
Mary Peck and Lionel Duncombe left the  Alpha Omega 1 group in late June 1969 and returned to Australia.
The band was employed by LAD Promotions:  Lehr Brothers, Aladdin, Dupont,  Saigon - at: 176/1 a Truong Minh Ky.


Photos of  Alpha Omega I
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 Alpha Omega II This bands second Vietnam tour June 1970 - Dec 1970. Vietnam & Thailand.
This show included most members of Alpha Omega 1, except Chris Neal.
 All the band members were recruited in Melbourne in late 1969-early 1970.


Photos of  Alpha Omega II
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 Alpha Omega III This bands second Vietnam tour June 1970 - Dec 1970. Vietnam & Thailand.
This show included most members of Alpha Omega 1, except Chris Neal.
 All the band members were recruited in Melbourne in late 1969-early 1970.


Photos of  Alpha Omega III
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 Alpha Omega VIa fire in there staging hotel in Manila destroyed all their equipment and clothing and caused the sold out tour to be canceled December 1971-June 1972.  Alpha Omega 4, was a reformed group made up of some members of all the groups plus two new members, after an Alpha Omega 3 tour of  US bases in the Philippines.  Alpha Omega 3 was made up of 11 members. The group disbanded in the Philippines  and never went to Vietnam.


Photos of  Alpha Omega VI
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Alpha Omega V

Photos of  Alpha Omega V
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History of the Alpha Omega Entertainment Group- by Lionel Duncombe

Lionel Troy and the Alpha Omega  Vietnam 1968-72.  Lionel Troy and the Alpha Omega's.  Lionel was the leader of an Australian show-group in Vietnam called, Alpha  Omega. A professional group of musicians and singers who toured Vietnam at various times from 1968-1972. They were not a USO outfit. The group lived off the local economy.  Unlike the official USO entertainers in Vietnam, my group stayed in Vietnam for up to a year at a time. They traveled all over the Nam, from the DMZ to the Delta, by air and by road, often without a military escort.  Lionel Duncombe (Stage Name - Lionel Troy) his current Email addresses are: duncombe@amaze.net.au Or duncombe@bigfoot.com Snail Mail: Lionel Duncombe P.O Box 1251 Dee Why 2099 Sydney New South Wales Australia.    http://grunt.space.swri.edu/ozlf.htm

 Tassie Hamilton (Stage Name) She was Australian as far as I know.
 Married Name: Mrs. R. Jones
 Last Known address:  LA.  California.

Vietnam Show:    New Fun & Dames - 1968 - 69
This show included most members of Alpha Omega 1, except Chris Neal.
Tassie had also been working with other Vietnam shows prior to Alpha
Omega 's arrival in October 1968.

Original Alpha Omega 1 members were:

Ross Shakespeare - guitar - vocals
Julius Sperlich - Trumpet - vocals (Swiss National)
Len Mulley - Saxes, flute.
Miles Harris - Bass.
Chris Neal - keyboards - vocals ( not in Fun & Dames left AO early 69).
Mary Peck - Vocals, Percussion.
Lionel Duncombe - ( Lionel Troy)  Band Leader, drums, percussion, vocals.
All the above were from Sydney in 1968.

We were employed in Vietnam by:    LAD Promotions:
Lehr Brothers, Aladdin, Dupont,  Saigon   and stayed at: 176/1 a Truong Minh Ky

Note: Mary Peck and Lionel Duncombe left the  Alpha Omega 1 group in
late June 1969 and returned to Australia.

Lionel came back to Vietnam  with Alpha Omega 2  in July 1970. and left
in late December 1970 after doing shows at US bases in Thailand.  Tassie
Hamilton and the  last members of the disbanded Alpha Omega 1 were not
in country as far as I know in July 1970.


Alpha Omega 2: Members were:  June-July 1970 - Dec 1970

Jack Wright - Trumpet.
Norman Absolom - Saxes, Flute - vocals.
Dave Price - Lead Singer compare.
Geoffrey Scott (Scotty) Keyboards (Hammond Organ).
Richard Van Dam ( Rick) a Dutch National - Bass, Vocals.
Pam Heal - Vocals, Dancer.
Glenys O'Brien - Dancer - Backing Vocals.
Mary Peck - Lead female Vocalist, Percussion, Dancer.
Lionel Duncombe - (Lionel troy) Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Band Leader.
George Rogers - Road Manager.
All the above were recruited in Melbourne in late 1969-early 1970.


Alpha Omega 4 Members were :  December 1971-June 1972

Dianne Duncombe (Sister of Lionel Duncombe) - Vocals  Percussion.
Mary Peck  (Wife of Lionel Duncombe) Vocals, Lead Singer Percussion.
Geoffrey Scott (Scotty ) Keyboards, Vocals.
Rick Van Dam  - Bass, Vocals.
Bernard Galley - Lead Male Singer, Percussion, Compare.
Lionel Duncombe (Lionel Troy) Band Leader, Vocals, Percussion.

Alpha Omega 4, was a reformed group made up of some members of all the
groups plus two new members, after an Alpha Omega 3 tour of  US bases in
the Philippines.  Alpha Omega 3 was made up of 11 members. The group
disbanded in the Philippines  and never went to Vietnam.

Dave,  Alpha Omega 2 the guys taken in early 1970
Left to right:
Trumpet/Brass player, Jack Wright
Geoffrey Scott, Hammond Organ.
Norman Absolom, all the saxes and flute.
Richard (Rick) Van Dam (from Holland) Bass, Vocals.
Dave Price, Lead Singer, compare. sometime percussionist.
Lionel Duncombe (front) Leader, Singer, percussion arranger.

This show was a non stop two hours of soul, funk, rock and roll, gags,
and pretty girls. We even did a fake strip tease with Glenys peeling off
layer after layer of her cloths to the tune of hit the Road Jack. She
had so many thin layers of clothing on that she never did get naked
which the troops were hoping for. In the end they knew she was sending
them up and without exception they loved her act.

 

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