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).

Sunday, September 27, 2009

(5) Simon & Garfunkel In The Midnight Hour?

PART 5

All three songs, except Midnight Hour, on this EP (image) are rock n roll songs from the mid 60s. Rise And Fall is an instrumental by the Shadows, Hooray For Hazel is by Tommy Roe, Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel and Hey Jude by the Beatles. Like a-go-go music in the early 60s, the beat has been changed to 'soul' music in the midnight hour because it is the latest dance craze.

Following the trend, thousands of 45 vinyls like The Sound Of Japan Vol: 13 are sold on the cheap by many recording companies in Singapore. Some of the compilations are questionable but most have mediocre sound production and harmonization although most are covers of popular western songs.

The lead instrument is usually an electronic organ with separate electric bass and rhythm. These recordings are mostly marketed for Chinese listeners.

I am not too sure who Charlie And The Boys are but they could have been professional musicians selected for particular recordings only. Does Charlie really exist? I have been told that he could be Charles Lazaroo the well-known piano man from Radio Television Singapore who frequently accompanies talentimers on the keyboard.

These records, like MP3 downloads, sold very well and the 'elevator music' came in series. Today the vinyl costs me S$2.00. Collector's item? Possible. They don't produce them like they do LPs. Comment anyone?

Image/original article: Andy Lim Collection.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

I don't know who Charlie was but the band Charlie and The Boys made a number of records in the late 60s and, I think, into the 70s. Earlier in the 60s they were called Charlie and His Go Go Boys

Steve

Andy Young* said...

Yes, Steve. There is also one group called, The White Cloud Orchestra playing Chinese music of the same genre and I have been told that 'Charlie' could be Charles Lazaroo but I doubt so because Lazaroo has a distinctive style of playing the piano and it's definitely not what I hear on the recordings by Charlie And His Boys or Go-Go Boys. There is also an absence of the piano sound on many recordings.
If I am not wrong, it could be a group of part time musicians put together for a particular recording. The 'boys' or 'orchestra' is always a different line up? Comments anyone?