|Mona Fong: EMI Record: S-CPAX-334. Cover design is by Jimmy Law.|
Mona Fong (方逸華) was a hit name in the 60s especially with her simple attractiveness and sweetheart smile (see image). I managed to buy one of her LPs, Summer Love, some years ago when it cost only two Singapore dollars. The surface of the LP looked good but scratchy when I played it. A patient cleaning up job didn't do much good.
The songs from Side Two which were in English were mostly covers from hits those years and included Magic, San Francisco, Lavender Lace, Summer Love, My Love Forgive Me and There's a Kind of Hush uploaded on You Tube in 2011 by RegalPCS.
Side One contained six songs in Chinese (Mandarin) and had titles in English namely, My Dreamboat, The Wedding, Blue and Black, Clouds and Mud, Tonight and Shooting Star. Again these were hit Chinese songs from yesteryear and Ms Fong had put her signature blush on them. Never loud, never harsh, Mona sang them with dignity and calm. It was that 1950s charm still attractive today. The upbeat version in English of The Wedding that she sang for this LP was one example.
Ms Fong Yat Wah is a Cantonese born in Shanghai. She is a TV and film producer today and became one of the most popular nightclub singers and recording artistes in Singapore and Hong Kong in the 50s. She often sang English popular covers and since 1977 had produced over a hundred films. Also known as Lady Shaw she married media mogul the late Run Run Shaw.
The man behind the recording was Filipino musician Vic O. Cristobal with the usual backing of E.M.I.'s big brass and strings band. Mr Cristobal had much to his name having produced numerous recordings for SEAsian artistes during the 60s.
There's a kind of hush all over the world tonight,/ All over the world, you can hear the sounds of lovers in love... Keep the peace man.
|Outside MacDonald House in March 1965.|
You Tube Video: Thank you PCSRegal.
There's A Kind Of Hush was written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephen, a hit in 1967.
Jap Chong, Quests rhythm guitarist, has passed away today 2nd of March, 2014. Condolence to his family.
The last time he wrote to me was during the Chinese New Year season last month when he thanked me on SMS for the short write-up on Quests' song, Gallopin' and wished me season's greeting.
The last time I met him was in January 2011 when we had lunch with Riem Diamond, Larry Lai and Vernon Cornelius. We love you Jap.
May you rest in peace.
"What am I supposed to do with a girl like Jesamine,
Though my eyes are open wide,
She's made my life a dream
When Jesamine goes a part of me knows,
I'm not really living,
A butterfly child, so free and so wild
And so full of living.
When Jesamine stays, though time goes fast,
This is my world at last,
Beautiful days lost in her eyes,
But then the whole world dies..."
Jap's solo piece with Quests.
Song: 1968, co-written by Marty Wilde/Ronnie Scott, under the pseudonym Frere Manston and Jack Gellar.