Like Ernie Djohan and many other Singaporean, Malaysian and SEAsian singing stars of the sixties, NANCY SIT was a big name in Cantopop. She became popular as a teen idol after making a few Hong Kong movies in Cantonese.
She made some EPs, recording A-Go-Go or Hala Hala music similar to songs by Sakura Teng, Rita Chao and other Chinese singers. She also became popular because of her recordings of English covers.
Some of the songs included: "Woolly Bully", "Hang On Sloopy", "Love Potion No. 9", "Shaking All Over", "Day Tripper", "Born Free" (image) and Nancy Sinatra's, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin".
Nancy had since made a successful comeback on television and the movies up to the late 90s but was admitted to hospital in March, 2009. She had performed in Singapore time and again and commands a good following on the island. Nancy feels comfortable when she comes to Singapore and has many friends here. At her age today, she still packs a punch with her singing.
*Record review of "Hippy, Hippy Shake": She tries hard but trips over lots of English words that become unrecognizable. And "Love Potion Number Nine" becomes "Lumber Lie". Forgivable I guess. It was the 60s. And many an Asian, not familiar with English pronunciation would leave out final consonants and have problems with nasal consonant "n". No offence meant to all Nancy Sit fans. It's a personal observation.
Image: From Andy Lim Collection.