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).

Friday, April 18, 2014

Remember Good Friday And The Old Rugged Cross



                   The Old Rugged Cross - Johnny Cash - You Tube Video by jtt633.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fun Fifties: When Bash Street Kids Meet Be-Bop-A-Lula

Dennis The Menace from Beano
Many people would remark that I really had bad taste! My mum did.  Desperate Dan, The Two-Gun Man. This was my reading fare in the 1950s and as a school boy I was focused on buying every comic book that was hanging on clothes-pegs at the corner Indian shop near my home.  My mother was furious and put on a frown whenever I came back with a copy.
Desperate Dan from Dandy
"Today, Beano. Yesterday Dandy..." she remarked sarcastically. "Tomorrow what? Batman! The comic books are dirty. They are made from the cheapest paper! And your hands turn black with printing-ink and since you don't wash them, they make you sick. You get sniffles all the time gluing yourself to the comics. You better stop reading them! They smell after a while!  Some are already starting to disintegrate in our weather."
Plastic Man. Whatever happened to him?
But I ignored her, piling up my new ones on top of maybe 10 or 15 stacks of the greatest comic collection this side of the world.  Smelly or otherwise, I had them all and I kept them under the study table in my bedroom.  
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling!
I would consume these comics as I would a plate of chee cheong fun, spending the afternoons and evenings at home filling away the hours as I followed the antics and adventures of these exceptionally naughty kids and super humans.  They thrilled me beyond words!
Lord Snooty
Minnie The Minx

There were the DC Comics heroes.  Now these comics had attractively glossy covers and promoted Batman, Superman, Captain Marvel (alter ego of Billy Batson), Green Lantern and Plastic Man at their heroic best.

Then there were the funnies like Beano and Dandy comics which consisted Dennis the Menace, Bash Street Kids, Desperate Dan and if I remember correctly, Roger the Dodger.  There were also Minnie the Minx, Lord Snooty and the very popular Biffo the Bear. These characters were the ultimate in comedy and mayhem and kept me in stitches!

The Bash Street Kids - Ultimate in Mayhem
But wait a minute. What had all these characters and reading of comics got to do with pop music?  Well the melodies came in the background because as I read my favorite cartoon, I had Frankie Laine singing High Noon.  Then Vic Damone would come on air with, Stranger In Paradise. After that  Gale Storm with Dark Moon and a radio song-requester asked for an earlier hit, Billie Holiday's Pennies From Heaven.  Good choice.
 
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps - First Singer In Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.
There was Gene Vincent too with his echo-chamber revolution, Be-Bop-A-Lula and Little Richard screaming, Rip It Up.  Many of them sounded squeaky on 78s and over the radio but they were great. Yes, I heard them all from my dad's PYE radio before Rediffusion even established a line of cable in Singapore.
Billie Holiday - Squeaky On 78s.
My mother was irked. "How can you be reading The Beano and yet appreciate Gale Storm and Billie Holiday..." she would question. I kept my mouth shut and smiled. The worst taste in comic strips and music choice?  Perhaps.  But this period I call the Fun Fifties as I lived my teen life.

Today children spend their time going for tuition classes and modern dads pay a fortune per session. Those days, I learned my English from comic books and pop music.  No iPads nor Tablets. And no Singlish too because many of these comics come from England and the US.  Hooray for Beano, Dandy and Billie.  These tokens of joy during my teenage years were truly pennies from heaven.

             Pennies from Heaven - Billie Holiday - You Tube video by direfranchement

Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven
Don't you know each cloud contains pennies from heaven?
You'll find your fortune's fallin' all over the town
Be sure that your umbrella is upside down

 

Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love, you must have showers
So, when you hear it thunder, don't run under a tree
There'll be pennies from heaven for you and me...

  
Shazam! Boom!
Captain Marvel (Alter Ego Billy Batson)
Roger The Dodger.
So as I conclude this short story here's a thought. What about Singapore school girls?  What do they read in the 50s?  Ah, they read School Girls Picture Library.  But that's another tale.

Credits:

1. Song from You Tube: Pennies from Heaven (1936),
American pop by Arthur Johnston and Johnny Burke.

2. Images from: Google, DC Comics, Beano, Dandy.

3. An Original Article.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

When Roaring 20s Meets Rambunctious 21st


Screen Shot from You Tube Video.
Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B - Video: OldTimieMusic

 SONGS I LOVE:

I never paid much attention to current pop singers nor listened to their music on You Tube. It was always checking out for evergreens that were recorded around and before the 70s and enjoying established artistes from the past. You will know who these artistes are if you mouse through the postings on this blog.  But a chance tap on the tablet one evening changed my habit and took me to a whole new happening. I found a 21st Century artiste I like. Who is this star?

 



Clue 1:
While I was searching for songs that had post WWI swing bands in tune I happened to watch a music video clip that kept me glued to my computer screen ten times over. It was entertaining; it was hot; it was sexy and so mesmerizing I fell in love with both the song and the sultry singer.

But it was neither a hit from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller nor Harry James but an album produced in 2006.  The song was a tribute of the 1941 Andrews Sisters' hit Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and the track was a classic pop blues and swing jazz number which went down well with me.  And I didn't mind the rather naughty lyrics.

Clue 2:
I saw the same singer on another occasion when I watched Cher in a new *movie. As I watched the beginning scenes my eyes were glued again to the same face I recognized on television. It was her debut movie and she was the star attraction, so as the tale unraveled so did her songs and dances which I found captivating.  "Something's got a hold on me," she sang. Yes, she's got a hold on me too. She looked familiar and I realized that  she was also a judge for the TV singing contest, The Voice.

Screen Shot from You Tube Video: Candyman.
Enough clues. You should know the vocalist by now.  Her 2006 album I mentioned is called Back To Basics and one particular song Candyman (below) opened up for me a whole new world of pre-war glam.   It was Roaring Twenties and Fabulous Forties all over again, brushed up, perked and petite for a new generation. It was a video that truly went back to basics with shades of Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland and G.I. Blues. Hey, Elvis you gotta see this one!
You Tube: Christina Aguilera - Candyman (Edit) from CAguilera. Uploaded on Nov 7, 2009. 

So in the tradition of Tico Tico, Rum n Coca Cola and Say Si Si here she is. Who's the singer?  First time in the history of this blog, a brand new twenty first century song with a brand old twist.  The star is a modern day Betty Grable (but prettier) called Christina Aguilera!

"He took me to the Spider Club at Hollywood and Vine 
We drank champagne and we danced all night
We shook the paparazzi for a big surprise
The gossip tonight will be tomorrow's headline..."

Image left performing: It's A Man's World - A Tribute to James Brown.

Image below: Elvis Presley performing: Didja Ever from G.I. Blues.

Credits:
*Movie: Burlesque (2010).
Song by: Aguilera and Linda Perry.
Images: Google and from Burlesque Movie Poster.
Screen Shots: from You Tube Video. Music video: by Christina Aguilera performing Candyman. (C) 2006 RCA Records, a unit of  Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

This posting is original.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Songs Without An April Fool's Theme?

Not all April songs have a fool's theme. Here's a short list with songs that are beautiful to listen to. It's a pity that some of these recordings are unavailable but check the music shops and you may be lucky enough to find them.

                Pieces of April Three Dog Night Video by Ruth Gutierrez

Pieces Of April

April gave us springtime and the promise of the flowers
And the feeling that we both shared and the love that we called ours
We knew no time for sadness, that's a road we each had crossed
We were living a time meant for love and even when it would rain
We would laugh it off.

I've got pieces of April, I keep them in a memory bouquet
I've got pieces of April, it's a morning in May

We stood on the crest of summer, beneath an oak that blossomed green
Feeling as I did in April, not really knowing what it means
But it must be then that you stand beside me now to make me feel this way
Just as I did in April, but it's a morning in May. 

(Music/Lyrics: David Allen Dave Loggins.)


Song List:

1.    April Showers (B.G.D. Sylva) Al Jolson : 1921
2.    April (Blackmore/Lord) Deep Purple : 1968 
3.    April Come She Will (Simon) Simon n Garfunkel : 1965 
4.    April Fools Dionne Warwick : 1969 
5.    April In Paris (Duke/Harburg) Frank Sinatra : 1954 
Remember April Love and the Odeon Cinema in North Bridge Road?
6.   April In Portugal (Ferräo/Kennedy) Vic Damone : 1953 
7.    April Love (Fain/Webster) Pat Boone : 1957 
8.    I'll Remember April* (Gene de Paul) Frank Sinatra : 1945 
9.    In April (Baker) Michael Cox : 1962
10.  Pieces of April (Dave Loggins) Three Dog Night : 1973
11.  April In Singapore (Michael Gold) Michael Gold : 1965
Movie Poster
*About 50 singers have recorded this number.  
  Have fun and have a great April folks! 

You Tube Video: Pieces of April.
 One of the above titles is an April Fool's joke. Do you know which one?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Part II "Treasure Hunt" - Was There A 60s Music Scene In Singapore, Grandpa?

If your grandchild asks you this question then it's time to visit Stamford Road because there's this exhibition at the National Museum which picks up from the Treasure Hunt series on Channel News Asia recently. I am not promoting for this group but because there's a segment at the exhibition which discusses local music from the 60s I thought some of you readers might be interested.

Local Bands and Records Exhibit.
Songs recorded by The Silver Strings and Trailers played on a portable turntable during the documentary are highlighted.  Another glass cabinet shows some of the local pop music record covers from that period.  It displays Singapore recording artistes The Silver Strings, Trailers, Crescendos, Keith Locke, The Quests, Naomi n The Boys and Shirley Nair.  Can you name the songs that were recorded on these particular vinyls?  No prizes but I am sure many of you cannot identify them.
Display Board of Local Music Record Covers.


Shirley Nair n Silver Strings: I Won't Let You See Me Cry. Video by Sean Lynch

There's also a general information board that explains the history of the National Theater and another that describes what Singapore in the 1960s was all about.  These exhibits took time to collect and display and historian Ms Tan Teng Teng had many hours setting them up before the big day.
Information Board explaining the 1960s.
A whole array of stuff can be viewed from the 50s up to the 80s and they all come from the people's collection that was telecast a few weeks ago on Channel 106. 


From kopi-tiam (coffee-shop) paraphernalia to a large garden fountain, from a Green Spot thermometer to a humongous car, you can have lots of fun guessing in which period they were used.  Unless you've seen the series you might be making wrong guesses.

I must thank pop blogger James Seah (left) for promoting my blog on his.  He is seen with the Museum's Senior Officer for Marketing and Corporate Communications, Norfaiz Noeryamin.

Since all TV participants for 'Treasure Hunt' were invited for the big day, we tagged along.  That's J. on the right with pop host Anita Kapoor, archive appetizer.  Archeologist Chen's busy with other guests.

Don't forget to identify the songs from the vinyls above. Come on you guys, give it a try. And check out the treasures which you can view until the end of April, I think.

Images: J. Collection.

 Check James Seah's Blog: http://blogtoexpress.blogspot.sg/

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Air Travel: Metaphor About Life, Love, Relationships

18.03.2014
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was heading towards Beijing on the morning of March 8th with 239 passengers and crew when it lost contact with ground control shortly after take-of.  As we think of the challenges faced and heartaches felt by the people involved in the missing airplane many of us are hoping that a positive outcome will result from the search...

Themes on flying, airplanes and air travel have always been common among lyric writers and song composers.  Some of the songs selected below were from the 50s, 60s and 70s and do not necessarily discuss the subjects but are used as metaphors about life, love and relationship.
John Denver's, Leaving On A Jet Plane:
is one of the most poignant songs in pop music. It's about the simple act of leaving on a plane and how it will affect you and the loved ones you leave behind. Should we embark on a journey for granted or shouldn't we, the song asks? So kiss me and smile for me/Tell me that you'll wait for me/Hold me like you'll never let me go/Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane/Don't know when I'll be back again/Oh baby, I hate to go... But the flip-side of the single has, Back Home Again. A clever title combination here. Hope reigns.

Jet Airliner a song by The Steve Miller Band:
has a piece of advice: As I get on the 707'/Ridin' high I got tears in my eyes,/You know you got to go through hell,/Before you get to heaven... and the last two lines being quoted so often. The lyrics are straight and to the point.   This big hit was written by Paul Pena, a San Francisco blues guitarist.  It was number 8 hit on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1977. He lived off the royalties from that song.  Pena was almost completely blind since birth and plagued by illnesses most of his life. Perhaps he knew what he was writing about. He passed away in 2005.

Frank Sinatra's big hit:
highlights the airspace above us as a love nest, Fly me to the moon/And let me play among the stars/Let me see what spring is like/On Jupiter and Mars/In other words, hold my  hand/In other words, baby, kiss me.  One of the most popular jazz standards the song sets off a romantic mood whenever it's heard or sung.
Spread Your Wings – Queen's Metaphor:
Sammy was low/Just watching the show/Over and over again/Knew it was time/He'd made up his mindTo leave his dead life behind/His boss said to him/"Boy you'd better get those crazy notions out of your head/Since he was small/Had no luck/Now it was time/He'd made up his mind/"This could be my last chance"/His boss said to him,/You've got no real ambition, you won't get very far/Spread your little wings and fly away/'Cos you know you should do better/That's because you're a free man. The message is clear. Get out while the going's good.




Sinatra's: Come Fly With We:
let's fly, let's fly away/If you can use some exotic booze /There's a bar in far Bombay/Come on and fly with me,/let's float down to Peru /In Lama land there's a one-man band/Come on fly with me, let's take off in the blue... typifies the traveler who wants to experience exotic lands with a light and carefree heart. It is another jazz standard and the lyrics encourages (idiomatically speaking), flying into the wide blue yonder.

Willie Nelson - Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground:
You had not fallen then I would not have found you/ Angel flying too close to the ground /And I patched up your broken wing and hung around awhile /Trying to keep your spirits up and your fever down / For love's the greatest healer to be found /So leave me if you need to I will still remember angel flying too close to the ground.  Yes, love's the greatest healer, always.

              You Tube: Ebony Eyes by The Everly Brothers. Video from rambling cowboy.

One of the saddest songs:
The Everly Brothers', Ebony Eyes was initially banned by the BBC in the early 60s as its lyrics were considered too upsetting to play on the radio.  My ebony eyes was coming to me/From out of the skies on Flight 1203... And then came the announcement over the loudspeaker-/"Would those having relatives or friends on flight number 1203 please report to the chapel across the street..."/Then I felt a burning break deep inside/And I knew the heavenly ebony skies/Had taken my life's most wonderful prize...

But again like John Denver's record, the flip-side of this song is, Walk Right Back. I guess lyricists and record producers put together songs in pairs sometimes to emphasize that where there's despair, there's also hope?
The very popular Dionne Warwick:
uses a similar theme but with a different perspective. It tells of distance travel using different modes of transport. Trains and boats and planes took you a way,/But ev'ry time I see them I pray,/And if my prayers can cross the sea,/The trains and the boats and planes,/Will bring you back, back home to me. This is a prayer and the hope we all provide when our loved ones go for a long journey.

"Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isaiah: 41.10)."

Songs With Air Travel and Airplane Themes:
  1. Airplane - Beach Boys
  2. Airplane Song (My Airplane) – Royal Guardsmen
  3. Benny And The Jets – Elton John
  4. Burning Airlines Give You So Much More – Brian Eno
  5. Counting Airplanes – Train
  6. Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes) – Kim Carnes
  7. Great Airplane Strike – Paul Revere And The Raiders
  8. Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band
  9. Leaving On A Jet Plane – John Denver
  10. Leaving On A Jet Plane – Peter, Paul And Mary
  11. Paper Airplanes – Seals n Croft
  12. Trains and Boats and Planes – Billy J Kramer n The Dakotas
  13. Wooden Planes – Art Garfunkel
  14. Aces High – Iron Maiden
  15. Back In The USSR – The Beatles
  16. Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
  17. Daniel – Elton John
  18. Ebony Eyes – Everly Brothers
  19. Eight Miles High – The Byrds
  20. Flight of Icarus – Iron Maiden
  21. It Never Rains In Southern California – Albert Hammond
  22. Just A Song Before I Go – Crosby Stills n Nash
  23. Love Light In Flight – Stevie Wonder
  24. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  25. Return of The Red Baron – Royal Guardsmen
  26. Rocket Man – Elton John
  27. Sky Pilot – The Animals
  28. Snoopy vs The Red Baron – Royal Guardsmen
  29. Snowbird – Anne Murray
  30. Space Oddity – David Bowie
  31. Spread Your Wings – Queen
  32. Take Me To The Pilot – Elton John
  33. The Epic Flight of John Glenn – Walter Brennan
  34. The Letter – Box Tops
  35. The Letter – Joe Cocker
  36. The Spirit of St. Louis – British Sea Power
  37. This Flight Tonight – Joni Mitchell
  38. Twenty Flight Rock – Eddie Cochran
  39. Up Up And Away – 5th Dimension
  40. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker n Jennifer Warnes
  41. Angels Flying Too Close To The Ground – Willie Nelson
  42. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
  43. Fly Away – John Denver
  44. Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
  45. Fly Away (Little Paraquayo) – George Baker Selection
  46. Fly By Night – Rush
  47. Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band
  48. Fly Like An Eagle – Seal
  49. Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
  50. Fly, Robin, Fly – Silver Convention
  51. Flying – The Beatles
  52. Flying Down To Rio – Fred Astaire
  53. Flying Down To Rio – Rudy Vallee
  54. Flying High – The Commodores
  55. Flying In A Blue Dream – Joe Satriani
  56. Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Bill Conti/Maynard Ferguson
  57. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
  58. If I Could Fly – Joe Satriani
  59. I’ll Fly Away – Statler Brothers
  60. I’m Gonna Fly – Amy Grant
  61. Let’s Go Fly A Kite – From Mary Poppins soundtrack
  62. Midnight Flyer – The Eagles
  63. Straighten Up n Fly Right – Nat King Cole
  64. Time For Me To Fly – REO Speedwagon
  65. Wish I Could Fly Like Superman – The Kinks
  66. You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly – from Peter Pan soundtrack. 
Edited List from: www.coolrain44.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/songs-about-airplanes-flying/
Images: Record Covers Google.

Latest News MH370: 24.03.2014.

PM of Malaysia Najib Razak:

"Based on their new analysis, Inmarsat and the AAIB have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth.
 
This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. 
 
It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

Monday, March 10, 2014

Part I "Treasure Hunt" - Backstage With Channel News Asia's Latest Documentary


1. The Television Series:
Treasure Hunt is a six-part series that will unravel Singapore’s history through the things we keep in our homes. Our two Treasure Hunters (hosts Anita Kapoor and archaeologist Lim Chen Sian) are on a search to uncover treasures. 
Hosts Anita Kapoor and Lim Chen Sian.
Chen and Anita will travel the length and breadth of the island – visiting ordinary people at home, antique shops, junk yards, archives, shops and offices – all in the hopes of unearthing things of national heritage. Their challenge is to put together The People’s Collection, an assembly of objects to fill the concourse at the National Museum of Singapore and tell a very personal history of our island.
Screen grab: Treasure Hunt with Chen Sian, Andy and Anita.
 2. The Museum Exhibition:
Following the telecast of the documentary series, a special exhibition (a collaboration between the National Museum and Media Corp Private Ltd/Channel News Asia) centers on the idea that here is a little bit of history in all our homes, and involves a call to Singaporeans to bring out the objects that they hold dear. 
Vika Arliany experienced producer for Treasure Hunt.
 The items showcased in the documentary, ranging from intricate memorabilia to the cherished heirlooms of individuals, families, collectors and institutions across the country, will be presented at the National Museum of Singapore as part of a special exhibition highlighting our collective heritage. 


Featuring the personal stories behind each of these objects and their collectors, this exhibition is a testament to how everyday items, which may otherwise be left unappreciated, could be significant to understanding one’s heritage. 
  
3. Behind The Scene:
My contribution of  local Extended Play vinyl records for the People's Collection is negligible but I thought it would help to make others, especially youth,  appreciate our golden age of music in the 1960s. Local bands like The Silver Strings, Trailers and the songs they recorded on vinyls have been discussed.


Vika Arliany:
The people behind the scene that I met before and during the filming included Vika Arliany, the producer who came to my home to meet me and select the records. She's a joy to chat with, an experienced lady with some years of producing documentaries.

Lim Chen Sian and Anita Kapoor:
 Chen Sian is fun-lovingly serious.  He's got a tightly filled roomful of books piled up from floor to ceiling.  Even fanned me during a warm afternoon shoot. Sweet, enthusiastic Anita is always asking questions. And boy, does she know her stuff.  Great hosts!

Rebecca Wai and Ooi Kim Keat:
Youthful and cool Rebecca Wai (above left), armed with a large camera, made sure we were comfortable during the shoots, helpful and cheerful throughout.  Then there's cinematographer, Mr Ooi Kim Keat (hidden behind the video-cam, left) with his angles, focused shots and close-ups. 

Tan Teng Teng:
Only met historian, Ms Tan Teng Teng (with fountain, above right) a few days ago to provide her the vinyl records for the exhibition of which she is in charge.  A very informative lady she is. She had to tabulate, insure, pick, deliver, sort out, arrange and display these very expensive personal treasures.  

@ The National Museum Stamford Road.
 Debra Chong:
Last but not least (she's the first actually), there's quietly pleasant Debra Chong (left), research writer, who contacted me through this blog earlier, introducing and  inviting me to participate in this project.  I got to talking. She's an intelligent listener and that started the record spinning...

 Article in Part 1 from
CNA Website.
Images from Media Corp/Channel News Asia and private collection of Rebecca Wai, Tan Teng Teng and blogger.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Mona Fong 方逸華: 50s Charm Still Attractive Today. (Insert) Jap Chong

Mona Fong: EMI Record: S-CPAX-334. Cover design is by Jimmy Law.
SONGS I LOVE:

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.
            There's A Kind Of Hush (方逸華) - Mona Fong with Video by RegalPCS.

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.

Summer Love was pressed in stereophonic sound in 1967. Many of these Hong Kong stars flew from the island to ours and recorded vinyls at one of the best studios at MacDonald House, Orchard Road. It was the same building that was bombed on 10 March 1965 by two saboteurs, during the Indonesian Confrontation under Soekarno's regime of Konfrontasi from 1963 to 1966.

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.
Images: Google and Personal Collection.
You Tube Video: Thank you PCSRegal. 
There's A Kind Of Hush was written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephen, a hit in 1967.

LATEST NEWS!
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 greetings. 

The last time I met him was in January 2011 when we had lunch with Riem Diamond (Blue Diamonds), Larry Lai (former Rediffusion DJ) and Vernon Cornelius (Quests vocalist). We love you Jap.
May you rest in peace.  

Jesamine: 
 "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.
                                                You Tube Video by Ritasheba.