SINGAPORE 60's: ANDY's POP MUSIC INFLUENCE IS MY PERSONAL MUSIC AND MEMORY TRAIL. PICTURES TELL STORIES BUT I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO YOU TUBE VIDEOS, AUDIO TRACKS OR IMAGES. THEY HAVE BEEN UPLOADED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES SO INFORM ME IF COPYRIGHTED AND THEY WILL BE DELETED. ANDY LIM (NOVEMBER, 2008).

Monday, March 16, 2009

SINGAPORE 60s POP MUSIC = OCT. CHERRIES

(2) PETER DIAS (image: 2nd left), vocalist and composer for the group, has spent 26 years in Europe. He was 3 years in London, U.K., as a writer for Martin & Coulter Music Publishing where he had a song recorded by Cliff Richard and sung by him on a TV show on BBC.

A contract was also signed with Decibel Music of Belgium because of the popularity of THE OCTOBER CHERRIES in that country. He also wrote and recorded under the pseudonym 'David Scott' for Decibel, an independent record label and publisher distributed by EMI records. Eventually Peter recorded and produced six singles and obtained numerous 'covers' for his compositions, one of which made the top five in the South African charts. He also performed on TV and stage with SMOKIE, SLADE, SHIRLEY and CO., and AL GREEN.

In Hamburg, Germany, where Peter resided for 16 years, he signed a lucrative contract to write and produce for a small publisher, Peter Jensen Productions. Later he published on a free lance basis and worked with Peer Southern Music, recording and releasing three singles, as well as having numerous titles in their catalogue.

In Hamburg, he performed as a bass player with JERRY LEE LEWIS, rock and roll superstar of the 60s. After the show and because of commitments, he declined an invitation to join the group to complete the rest of their European tour.

(Extract above: With kind permission from Peter Diaz.)

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