Monday, May 18, 2009

Hong Kong 60s Music - The Fabulous Echoes

The Fabulous Echoes were three Filipinos, a Scotsman and Sri Lankan lead singer Cliff Foenander. They were the most successful of these early 60's bands in Hong Kong, appearing on two Diamond Record albums fronted by Kong Ling and on four other albums proving themselves as a rock n roll show band.

The Fabulous Echoes line-up was: Tony Ruivivar (guitar), Bert Sagum (tambourine, vocals), Terry Lucido (piano), Stan Robertson (bass), Danny Ruivivar (drums), and Cliff Foenander (lead vocals). Cliff Foenander, their lead singer, was Sri Lanka's "crooner king" in the late 50s and 60s. He joined them and their first hit, "A Little Bit of Soap" (1964 - Diamond Records) was for 25 weeks at #1 on the Hong Kong Charts and a hit in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Some of their more familiar hits were: "Dancing on The Moon," "Sukiyaki," "'The Wedding,'" "Skip to My Lou," "Way Back When" and "This Land is My Land." They have also accompanied Hong Kong singer Kong Ling with the Diamond Music Company Studio Orchestra.

The group changed their names in 1968 and called themselves The Society Of Seven. They were contracted to play in Las Vegas and became as familiar as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Pat Boone.

Ed Sullivan signed them up for two shows and when telecast, was seen by an audience of more than 40 million viewers. The group played in Vegas and for more than three decades, kept the pace. Foenander passed away in late 2000 but the group, with a new line-up, are still playing.


dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Andy, never knew 'bout this group to know they were featured with our Dino....thanks for sharin'....

Andy Young* said...

Thanks for keeping in touch. Yes, this group is really fabulous. I hope you are in touch with Michael Goh and that he has sent you the CD.

yg said...

andy, you have a fabulous knowledge of artistes, especially singers, both past and present.
just to let you know, i came to know about your blog through victor koo, who is a keen follower of your blog.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you YG for the compliment. And thanks to Victor too who recommmended this blog to I am still learning and would love to learn more about our artistes from friends in the field, the Internet, etc.

Andy Young* said...

Yes, and not forgetting the books from our libraries, especially the Central Library but some are also under the Reference Section.
Lots of information about 60s music generally but hardly any on Singapore 60s pops.


The original name of the "Fabulous Echoes "were? The Rock & Rollers and the very original members were Ernie Dizon, My Brother reny Dizon and the three Ruivivar Brothers ,we started for fun,on a hot summer day ,we all went up the roof on Kimberley road,and started singing and Hharmonizing,then tony the Leader said? why dont we make a Band?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Ernest,

Thanks so much for writing. From the man himself. I have saved the rest of your story for a full posting. I hope you can write in again to tell the whole story because I'm sure others want to read about the Fab Echoes.

If you wait for a week or so from today I shall post the rest under your name. You can also write to me with your email address and I shall answer without publishing your personal particulars.