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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

(A) Pop Impersonators In Singapore 60s


SINGAPORE IDOLS IN THE 60s:
As far as the mind can remember, below are the names of Singapore pop-singer impersonators in the 60s. Blogger does not believe in apeing famous bands or vocalists but this was an acceptable trend and there was a following when these artistes performed. Fans screamed and clapped when they see their idols on stage impersonating Elvis, Cliff or any singer currently popular then.

It was also a way for singers to be talent spotted by nightclub owners, recording companies, entertainment producers and event organisers. In the 60s such professionals were few and far between but they had connections. The list below may be the first ever produced of title holder impersonators and many of them participated in these competitions organised by cinema organisations, etc. So here goes:

Patricia Pestana
Singapore's:
Nat King Cole - Rahim Hamid (Rahimah Rahim's father)
Louis Armstrong - Rahim Rahman (Flamingo's Combo)
Johnnie Ray - Robert Song (Flamingos/Thunderbirds/Stylers)
Dean Martin - Ahmad Daud (image)
Elvis Presley - Johnny Aroozoo

Pat Boone - Walter Koh
Slim Whitman - Rocky Wong
Cliff Richard - Kenneth Gomes
Paul Anka - Andrew Lim/Andy Young
Johnny Lion - Harry Cheok

Tom Jones - Halil Chik
Blue Diamonds - Gaylads (Flamingos Combo)
Connie Francis - Patricia Pestana
Millie Small - Veronica Young
Beatles - Cyclones

The McCoys
 Shadows - McCoys
Jumping Jewels - Willy's Jokers
Doris Day - Nancy Renjaan

The list is not exhaustive so if you remember anyone who is a pop singer title holder in the 60s please contribute. Believe it or not, they are still impersonating stars today in the U.S.

8 comments:

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes nice to see the name of our Dino lifted up...did you ever see Mr. Ahmad Daud emulate our Dino?

Andy Young* said...

Yes, he was a professional singer and used to be on television often in the 60s. He's good but I find Michael Goh better.

I am in touch with Michael quite often so if you need the CDs let me know.
Cheers.

BC Teoh said...

By looking at the long list of Singapore pop-singer impersonators in this post, I could visualize the liveliness of the music scene in Singapore during the 60s.

Hope to hear you singing Paul Anka's hits one day.

Andy Young* said...

Hi BC,
Thanks for writing. Yes it was indeed a lively scene as you mentioned. There are some more title holders but I cannot remember any. Rocky Teoh was Malaysia's Elvis and Mike & Herb, Malaysia's Beatles.

As I mentioned in my first posting, it was the only time I tried to sing like Paul Anka.

Do you know the names of Malaysian singers and the titles they hold?

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Andy, checks out my Dinoresponse to you at the ol' ilovedinomartin Dinoblog...and thanks for showin' this dude such Dinoencouragement for my Dinowork! And thanks for the standin' Dinoinvite for the CDs!

BC Teoh said...

Andy, I know very litlle of Malaysia's music scene in the 60s.

Andy Young* said...

Thanks DMP, yours is one of the most comprehensive blogs about Dean Martin. I hope others will read it. The time and trouble taken to develop it is not an easy task.

Cheers.

Andy Young* said...

Thanks BC, I now realise you must be a very young person then. There are many great 60s music personalities in Malaysia. And some of them are still singing.
Cheers.