The October Cherries, a group that has existed since the mid sixties, were a highly successful band in their country Singapore. Unfortunately music piracy destroyed almost everything. Far Away Now is one of their hit songs that made it to number one in Malaysia.
They moved on to conquer Europe and they are still recording today. Jay Shotam (Lead singer): Far Away Now was on the first October cherries LP entitled, Meet the Cherries, a copy of which was given to Dick James, President of Dick James Music, in the UK, a big name in the Music industry. He liked the band's song writing ability.
In the early seventies when our manager Bal Shotam visited him to try and get a publishing tie up, Dick James commented on another track on the LP called, Na Na Song and said that it might be suitable for a new artist he had called Elton John. Nothing transpired. But Bal recalls another person who was with Dick and him, who heard the songs on the demo tapes.
Edited version, from You Tube: keithyoong (April 01, 2008). Check it out! Great website!