Monday, December 29, 2008

Paya Lebar Airport Singapore 60s

Paya Lebar Airport with its distinguished iconic fountain
This was the old Paya Lebar Airport in the 60s. We used to haunt this very popular night spot where professional bands played during the weekends.

For a drink that costs about $6.00 each we danced the whole night, which usually started early at 8 or 9 pm and we usually reached home at 4 a.m. after sending the ladies home. 

On the dance floor lights were dim, the atmosphere romantic, especially when the bands played soothing instrumentals like 'Theme to Peyton Place' and 'The Godfather'.

Sometimes local crooners sang Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra numbers like 'Too Young' and "Fly Me To The Moon'. It was a haven for young lovers. We had no Singapore Air Shows then but lots of singers and dancers flying to the moon like Sinatra.

Image: from National Heritage Board
Original article: Andy Young.


Anonymous said...

I can see from your pics you were dashing and handsome. Pity never met u. Yup, i also went to tea dances.Those days are gone. Sigh (LUCY)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lucy for the kind words. Would've been nice if we had met. They called me Sluggo a long time ago. Be a handsome couple together.

Andy Young* said...

Apparently the bands that played at Paya Lebar Airport Nightclub were a mix lot with some coming from the Philipines (very good musicians) while others were locals.

But they were professionals, providing the soothing and soft music many couples find comfortable; so they stay on the dance floor longer.
Andy Young