What do they look like? Are these the original members? Where are they now? One of the first and best Philippino groups to hit Singapore in the early 60s were D'Starlights. When live shows were the in-thing, Singaporean nightclubbers visited the three Worlds in the evenings, The Great World, Happy World and New World.
This versatile musical combination of talent and entertainment played to capacity crowd at the El Amigo Nighclub at the New World Amusement Park at Kitchener Road, Singapore from 1969 to 1972. They had recorded an EP too with Mr Lovin' Luggage Man, Massachusetts, Everything and Miss You. And their performances included high flying kicks and karate chops as the members have black-belt credentials. Choreography wasn't the in-thing with our local bands, so these boys were the first to really entertain on stage.
Philippinos are natural musicians and many of them had positions at our local radio stations since the 50s. D'Starlites started in 1967 and were already using the keyboard and saxaphones. These exceptionally talented boys helped our fledgling musicians with arrangement, instrumentation, harmony, voicing. They led the way and were generous enough to share their knowledge and information about music.
The group had performed in more than 70 international television appearances all over South East Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Okinawa, Guam and at the Dunes Hotel Las Vegas, The Ed Sulivan Show and major West Coast television networks.
In the band singer was Boy the drummer, #Amado G. Castro played the saxophone and was the band leader, Rico Infante played lead, Eddie Bing was on bass and Rollie Villamil on the organ. One of their signature tunes was I Believe and they sang it regularly. The last song of the night was always, Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye. It was time to go home after a night of fun. And you know what? They always sang with much love and sincerity. They're Pinoy musicians.
#This posting is a tribute to their dear beloved friends, bandleader Amado G. Castro who had passed on earlier and Eddie Bing (September 2012), who sang with a deep voice and played the saxophone. Rest in peace my friends.
July 18, 2013 6:12 PM
Greetings Andy & Larry
Subject: ROLLY VILLAMIL - D'STARLIGHTS
Just received news a few minutes ago of the passing of our dear friend ROLLY VILLAMIL early this morning in Perth. He was a member of D'Starlights Band who made a big impression in Singapore in the early 60's.
Do pray for him!
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