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Monday, October 05, 2009

Philippines Rivera Floods - 70s Songbird Gracie

The people from the Philippines that blogger has encountered are mostly warm, gracious and gifted with music in them.
D' Starlights and The Fabulous Echoes came in the 60s and Freddy Aguila later. In the 70s a pretty young Philippino lady sang her way to the hearts of nightclubbers in Hong Kong and SEAsia with her beautiful voice and charming personality.
Gracie Rivera signed up with EMI/HK and produced a number of English records. This particular selection from GRACIE (image) includes: Torn Between Two Lovers, Fairy Tale, Morning Of My Life, Somebody Waiting, Both Sides Now, The Music Of Love, It's Time, Fly Away, Like A Sad Song, I Am A Rock and personal favourites, Erestu and of course Amazing Grace.
EMI Records were big because they released a string of English albums in the second half of the 70s by artists that included Teresa Carpio, Esther Chan, Rowena Cortes, Felicia Wong, Tracy Huang, Frances Yip and Gracie Rivera.
Then there were George Lam, The New Topnotes and The Western Union Band. Two independent labels also released English albums in the 1970s. The company's main rival was Polygram.
The vinyl was recorded in 1977 (EMGS 6012). It was arranged and conducted by Fabulous Echoes and Kong Ling personality Vic Cristobel. Comment anyone?

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