It was in the early 60s when the Silver Strings appeared at the National Theatre in Tank Road, Singapore. The stage was filled with the usual array of Fender or Gibson amplifiers and drum sets (image) ready for other bands backstage that were waiting to perform. The audience were seated.
Danny Boy, as usual, was in the background, unseen but present, with his rhythmic beat that kept our group on cue and in tempo. And he never missed a beat. One of the best drummers in Singapore.
Merlin (left) replaced Wilfred the original lst line-up rhythm guitarist. Active and with the broadest smile, Merlin's strumming was always coupled with his pleasant attitude on stage. As a person Merlin was all heart and giving.
Audie, bass guitarist and band leader strutted on stage with his Fender. He is still using the same guitar today but it had a colour change. When he played, he gave his best, well versed with the thick 4 string bass.
David Chan played lead. The quietest and most handsome of the group, he let his fingers do the talking. Dave originated the introductory bars to the Silver Strings' version of Fireball XL5. Without him, Fireball couldn't be launched into space recently and was never sung at the Orchid Country Club in July, 2009.
Andy fronted the group up to the mid-60s and only appeared again in November, 2008 at the VivoCity, Harbourfront, Singapore gig, about 45 years later.
Without our jackets, we were men in white.
(Please find earlier postings on the boys under label: 'Silver Strings').
Image/original article: Andy Lim Collection.