SINGAPORE 60s: ANDY'S POP MUSIC INFLUENCE: ON THE MUSIC N MEMORIES TRAIL IS MY OWN BLOG N ROLL PROJECT. NOSTALGIA IS PERSONAL HISTORY N PICTURES TELL STORIES. POP MUSIC NOT PILLS. ANDY YOUNG. (November, 2008).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Singapore Boy's Passion For Model Sports Cars

Young J's Collection

     Ronnie n The Daytonas - 'Little GTO' - Video: A2Grapevine.

A 2014 Singapore Grand Prix F1 Night Race Marina Bay Posting:

"Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine
Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389
Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her whine
C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO..."


The collection above is only one third of what he has.  With many more miniature vehicles, highways, car parks and buildings from Tomica, Hot Wheels, Realtoy, Fast Lane and Siku, this boy has quite a lot in his playroom.  Whenever he gets news from a current catalogue about the latest model he would run off to the nearest toy-shop to get one.

Highway Connections
Together with the toy cars in his four-year collection, he has as many in his memory.  Young J. can rattle off the makes and models of cars by just looking at the particular model for a second or two.  
Hennessy Venom GT
He names a Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin easily but is only interested in the fastest ones and quickly recognises a Koenigsegg Agera R, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport or Zenvo ST1 and others in similar category. Because of this special interest, I have inherited his beautiful array of buses, vans, trucks and police/fire-fighting vehicles.

Young J's Photos Of Real Cars And Toy Ones. Know which?
He plays cars, reads cars, talks cars, surfs cars, carries cars, photographs cars, bathes color-changing cars and even eats and sleeps with them. He has these tiny vehicles everywhere in his home and ours. The only time he doesn't have one around him is when he's at school. Carrying a little car in his pocket has been disallowed.

At Wisma Atria
During weekend evenings we take him to Ion or the area around Scotts Road, where, to his heart's content, he takes a photograph or a video of the sports cars that roam the streets. He uses a digital camera that his father gave him.  A hobby has now become a passion for this youthful enthusiast.
A Child's Paradise
The current September 2014 display of Lamborghini's masterpieces at Wisma Atria was a gigantic draw for him so we went and he had a whale of a time taking pictures of the different models showcased for the general public.  
His Racing Spirit
Later this week a trip to the Formula One race at the Marina Bay area would be a special treat for him. We have been advised to get ear-plugs for the occasion. 

F1 Security Tags With Bar Codes Erased
So come Friday he would probably have a great afternoon watching Formula Ones (not his interest actually) speeding straits and maneuvering bends at Stamford Road. I'd be around to lug his water-bottle and umbrellas.
                               Heavy vehicles and security cars.

But young J. still has one wish. That he will be able to ride in one of his favourite hot-rods these few weeks.  Any offers?
Images: A Personal Collection. 
Video: YouTube.
Song: Ronnie n The Daytonas - 'Little GTO' - 1964. It's considered to be the first muscle car.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chen Huishi: Pop Singer MC: A Singapore Success Story

Huishi’s songs have garnered fans from all over the world, including non-Chinese-speaking nationalities from France and India, proving that music truly transcends. She covers popular tunes spanning from the late 60s till today – in English, Mandarin and common local dialects Cantonese and Hokkien.

Huishi’s career in music entertainment took off at the age of 17 when she became an Assistant Producer for Mr Lee Shih Song (李偲菘)and Mr Lee Wei Song (李伟菘).  On top of her production work, Huishi is an active performing artiste for corporate and grassroots events and dedicates time to perform at various charities too. 

You name it and Huishi's done it. She has sung and hosted at road shows for commercial banks, Singapore Community Clubs, dinner/dance gatherings, private clubs, baby shows, Chinese festivals, charity events and a pioneer generation get-together.

Adding to her portfolio she participated and won the 2008 Duo Dynamic Talent Competition organized by Singapore Press Holdings and UFM100.3 and has released 2 albums to date.  

She accomplished her biggest achievement in 2013 when she held her first concert at the Kallang Theater on the 5th of May 2013 and donated 50% of the proceeds to a charitable organization to help buy and distribute 3,000 bags of rice, noodles, biscuits and other essentials to the 3000 helpless elderly who stay alone in one  room flats. A further $5.00 will be donated to the cause with every purchase of her new oldies album 《从心出发 Talk of versatility, she is without doubt one of our most promising young stars on our island today.

When I wrote to Huishi recently to find out what her favourite evergreens were, she mentioned a few like,  "Yesterday Once More, Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough, Oh Carol, Rhythm of the Rain, The Young Ones, Eternal Flames and Seven Lonely Days."  I am surprised that she is even familiar with goldies from the 50s.

"What about your personal likes and dislikes if you wish to discuss them?" I asked.

"I love Taiwan! Love cats... dogs..., the colours pink, white, red and green.  I love singing... and now I'm trying to improve my English and also improve on my skill in singing and hosting.  I hope to be able to sing from different genres and in different languages."

"Anything else that you might want to tell readers about yourself?" No. Hardly one to talk about herself she did not fill in most of the blanks on the email questionnaire.  

Looking at her workspace and audiences one could tell Huishi is well-accepted in, what former PM Goh Chok Tong called, "the heartlands".  She is a true-blue Singaporean and able to gel with the local public. Isn't it time then to provide her more blue skies so she can soar through the air and spaceship to stardom?

Having met Huisi some years back when she was in her teens I know her to be a bright lass and one with quiet confidence. Mostly shy and unassuming, the spark within her ignited when she found her niche as an entertainer and made her what she is on stage today.  Perseverance is the key to her present success.  Congratulations Huishi. All the best for a fruitful career in show business!
Copy/Paste Huishi's videos to view You Tube Links:
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbN3nZ6tP3M 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exa3eIxZSjo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbN3nZ6tP3M
http://youtu.be/fTHSC-4SASo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOZBloivx9s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTHSC-4SASo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klxlzHKEFBQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVHCX4HMdbo


Images: Chen Huishi.
Videos: You Tube. 

                                                     On You Tube

Sunday, September 07, 2014

"Me 64? Way Past That Actually! Add Another 10."


                                When I'm Sixty Four 64 (The Beatles)
                   A Cappella Barbershop Quartet Video: Julien Neel
                                 with Dan, Sonny Julien, Dieter
              Thanks very much to the Quartet for this lovely version.

A REALITY CHECK FOR MY SENIOR MUSIC MAKERS AND FRIENDS.
ONLY A NUMBER WOT!

Beatles Ages Today:    

George Harrison: 71
Paul McCartney: 72
John Lennon: 74
Ringo Starr: 74

This is a picture drawn in the early 1970′s depicting what the artist from the Hunter Davies Authorized Biography thought they would look like today.

Illustration from Website: http://theirategamer.com/the-beatles-where-are-they-now-artists-rendition/

Video From You Tube: 
February 14th, 2013.
For Larry Lai.               

News Flash:
Beatles Anniversary?
It was September 7, 1964 and more than 10,000 young people stormed Toronto International Airport to get their first glimpse of The Beatles.    

Monday, September 01, 2014

Learning Rachmaninov's Music With My Grandson

  
A HAPPY TEACHERS' DAY FROM SING60sMUSIC !

A Teacher's Day 2014 Posting.
Inspired by my grandson and Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2014 activities.

It isn't easy for an 8 year old to watch a live orchestra play *Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 unless the child has had some classical music background or enjoyed a concert previously.  But there was an audience of children with enthusiastic families who watched our Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) perform at the Republic Polytechnic at Woodlands on Thursday evening at 7.30pm at the institution's Cultural Centre Theatre. My grandson was one of them.
www.sso.org.sg

We travelled 40 minutes in dense after-office traffic to reach the concert in record time, just two minutes before Lan Shui (right), the conductor for the evening's concert, walked up to his podium to conduct Rachmaninov's work.  

The SSO On Campus: Pre-Tour Concerts Programme, which was given out at the lobby, helped me to understand in simple terms what the piece was all about.  

For my grandson, I was just glad that he agreed to attend the concert and watch the wonderful musicians performing on stage.  It was his second time listening to a symphony orchestra (read other posting on Jason Lai).

He nearly lasted the full hour and as he showed signs of tiredness about 10 minutes before the end (he came direct from school and a long afternoon) I told him to pay attention for just a little bit more but an encore performance surprised us and we were treated to one in the form of a short March which kept everyone enthralled to the end.  The applause was deafening.

It was well worth the trip.  And, as usual, the audience triumphed as much as the musicians who, with their magnanimity and dedication, were on stage to perform so magnificently.


"Would you like to come again son," I asked him.

"Not tonight," he said sleepily but from his cheeky grin I knew he enjoyed every moment.   At 10pm we had chicken rice in Thompson Road because we didn't have dinner earlier.  

Once again, thank you Lan Shui and the SSO for making our outing such a precious one. And thanks to little J. for agreeing to come at the last minute...

The SSO leaves for London to perform at the Royal Albert Hall on 2nd September, 2014.

A Happy Teacher's Day everyone.

(This posting is dedicated to Ms Chong Y.L. who feels that the date for T.D. should have never been changed.  I agree.)

*A Programme Note about the piece, written by Ruth Rodrigues, can be read by clicking Comments below.
                 Venue: Republic Polytechnic Cultural Centre Theatre @ Woodlands:

The 1,000-Seat Theatre:

Modelled after the famous Kirishima International Concert Hall in Kagoshima, Japan, the auditorium boasts an acoustic design worthy of international music performance. 

A highlight of this auditorium is its ability to turn into a full fledged concert hall capable of full scale musicals in just 45 minutes.

Image 1, 2: SSO Website.
Image 4: Google. 
Image 5:  http://zongyi.blogspot.sg
Information on theatre: http://www.rp.edu.sg/campus_tour/trcc2.htm

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News Flash:
Dazzling Reviews for SSO in London (2nd September, 2014).

Two British newspapers the Guardian and Telegraph gave four out of five stars for SSO's recent outing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They played the same piece, Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2, with other ones.

It was done in conjunction with the 120th BBC *Proms.  Some members of the audience were even waving the Singapore flag, proud and excited during the orchestra's (98 members) performance led by Shui Lan.

*The Proms is prestigious, done for 8 weeks per year and organised since 1927 by the BBC.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Quests: 'Mr. Rainbow' 1968 from 'Teenage Opera'

              The Quests, Mr Rainbow (1968). Video: zoundcracker

Allan Thompson, a regular writer on this blog, wrote to me a few days ago after reading the last posting about the SS 50th Anniversary gig: 

"Congratulations on the great success of the Orchard Road and Silver Strings concerts.  You really do have a great music scene in Singapore and it is good that the veteran artists receive such a wonderful reception."

NB: It is a learning experience for me and I am guilty again of not finding out the origin and composer of some songs that I am aware of.  Again, a big thank you Allan for providing this piece of information.

About the song: Mr. Rainbow.

Dear Andy,

I have recently realised that The Quests have a connection with my friend, John Alder, better known as Twink, who was the drummer with Tomorrow.  

The Quests covered Mr. Rainbow which was one of the songs recorded by Tomorrow for Mark Wirtz's ill-fated Teenage Opera project.  Twink himself recorded a version of the song several years later. 

The version by The Quests is very good and comes close to the original.  Mark Wirtz actually resurrected the Teenage Opera on CD a few years ago by bringing together all the recordings of the original music which had been made by various musicians back in the 1960s. 


                     Mark Wirtz: A Teenage Opera recorded in 1967.

It is a great shame that after the success of Grocer Jack and, to a lesser extent, Sam, the opera did not materialise at the time.  I have much more information on Twink/John Alder if it is of interest to you.

Congratulations once again on the successful reunions.

Best wishes, 
Allan Thompson.
U.K.

(Allan Thompson: Information Copyrights Reserved).
You Tube Video: zoundcracker.
Recording/Poster from EMI Music.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Active Ageing Well Supported: Pioneer Generation Package Posted @ Orchard: Silver Strings Delivered


Mustapha sings Elvis.
Bobo n Rickie: both lead or rhythm
      
     The capacity crowd at RELC International Hotel, Singapore.
Inspired by the forthcoming Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2014

Dear Andy,

Last Saturday evening was memorable for all members of the Silver Strings including the resident singers. My congrats to Audie Ng and the organizing committee for a wonderful effort in bringing back lots of memories of our younger days. I do admire some of the guests in the audience showing so much energy by rocking and rolling to the good old music.

I am sure many of us will strongly support the revival of local 60's music and we do hope to have more performances in the years ahead.

For others who could not attend last week and for those overseas, they may wish to view some videos uploaded by me.

 
Fabian Foo.

(View Mr Foo's videos above and on the right side-bar of this blog.)

 
Below: Danny Boy drums and Audie bass.
















   Young Ones in the audience who, "Live while the flame is strong..."


                   


















 Andy and keyboardist Nick.




                       Another young 'un with Herb (Beatle of Malaysia).

Hey Singapore, we've got a community here. The army of seniors from 60s pop culture was back to conquer Orchard Road last night. And the turn out of followers for Silver Strings Night was a good full house at the RELC Auditorium on 16th August, 2014. 

                      Below: Larry (MC), Audie and Jerry (MC).
                            

                  Herb and Mike with Elvis impersonator Mustapha              

"RELC rocked tonight with Veronica Young, Ernesto and Greg, Mustapha, Mike and Herb, Andy Young and company at the Silver Strings 50th Anniversary Concert ... (from Alice Chong FB)"



                 Seniors seeing Silver Strings swing Sixties songs.

Photos put up are the clearest I could get on FB from dear friends Irene Yap, Richard Toh, Tan Soo Khoon, Veronica and Marissa DC:
1. From left the Silver Strings group at RELC International Hotel in Orange Grove Road: Nick, Herb, Mike, Ernesto (guest artiste), Andy, Danny Boy, Audie, Veronica, Bobo, Mustapha and Rickie. 

           2. The audience and supporters made the show possible. 
                          3. Tan Soo Khoon, former MP and music-maker.



Ernesto and Larry.
























Mustapha, Herb and brother Mike


Veronica and Andy

















Audie (bass/leader) and Nick (keyboard).












Rickie and Bobo (on and off stage).




                Danny Boy, percussionist, interviewed by journalists.

 Sound engineer Patrick checking the system before performance

           "I'm sending you a big bouquet of roses..." Thank you.
           "Nice bouquet for a gentleman," from Lim Kuan Min.
            
                Mike and Herb rocking the house with Wooley Bully.

                  Full house at RELC International Hotel Auditorium.

                 Audie on guitar and Mustapha wooing with roses.


                                   Veronica, young on screen.
     
                       Larry Lai, MC with the most distinctive voice.
                             
                             Click to read the 50 plus comments below.

Images from FaceBook of:
Irene Yap, Marissa DC, Veronica Young, Richard Toh, Tan Soo Khoon and Audie Ng. Thank you all.