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Monday, January 12, 2009

Adelphi Hotel Ballroom: Fronting The Velvetones

The ballroom of the Adelphi Hotel on 9th May, 1964 when I sang with the Velvetones (Wilson Khoo with lead guitar) during a charity dinner called, A Nite To Remember.

The song was Cliff Richard's When The Girl In Your Arms and many of them were on the floor dancing and listening to our repertoire of songs.

The Velvetones played some instrumental numbers too. Our group was fresh, youthful, wearing the cleanest garb and using the newest Hofners. These were golden nights where we were able to express ourselves in songs and melodies.

Notice the big, fat microphone and the long fan hanging from the ceiling. You guessed it, the night was also sponsored by Matterhorn Cigarettes.

Today it would be a miracle if a charity night is sponsored by a cigarette company. Where would dancers and diners smoke?  Perhaps outside the Adelphi on the streets of North Bridge Road.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hardly any 60s guitar band is playing at the night clubs in Singapore now.

If there is any they are all WORKING at private clubs. Are there local bands and singers at night clubs now playing regularly?

Let us know.

Anonymous said...

Why not. You can find them at a number of local nitespots at Riverview, Corpthorne and Furama. Some of them play at restaurants too.