Another movie musical that hit the big time in Singapore was in the mid-60s when "My Fair Lady" (1964) was shown at the Lido at Orchard Road. Thousands flocked to the cinema to enjoy the film with songs that became household tunes. "Getting To The Church On Time," "The Rain In Spain," "I Should Have Danced All Night," and "On The Street Where You Live".
Audiences who were familiar with the plot, knew it came from George Bernard Shaw's play, "Pygmalion," and with Rex Harrison's version of, "Why Can't The English?" had local fans rollicking on the floor. Of course Singaporeans in the 60s remembered the red-nosed cockney swagger, "Wih a l'il bi er luck".
With this invasion of a musical by Lerner & Loewe and Audrey Hepburn as the icon, the American cast with the British posh made the movie another memorable, watchable event. Such melodies became templates in the minds of our local musicians and another side of Singapore 60s music was established.
Original article: Andy Lim