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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Maurice Patton & The Melodians With Simon Jr


pipa wrote:

Hi Andy,
Have you got any info on Maurice Patton and The Melodians featuring Simon Junior? It seems they were very influential in the 1960's. Nothing much on the internet about them. Can't find much information about them elsewhere.
Thank you.

Andy's Reply:
Yes, it's a challenge indeed. I have been trying to get some information about this group of musicians and hope to compile something in the near future.
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According to the information gathered from EP vinyls of the 60s, Maurice Patton And The Melodians (image with Choh Ying and Simon Jr. on drums) have recorded many songs in English and Chinese with these companies: Hero Records, Cortersions $, Blue Star Records, Art Sea, Roxy Records, Happy Records and the studio involved was usually the Pearl, Dean & Kinetex Studios. Patton has recordings where he features his own name - MAURICE - and image on the sleeves.
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Simon Junior, Ling Seow, Wong Chin Yian, Choh Ying, Patrina are some of the Chinese singers backed by Patton and his group. I have also noticed that some of the Chinese songs recorded are covers with English lyrics and sung by Simon Junior.
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Some titles like Man Lee, My Girl, Wait For Me, Night Dream, Born To Live, Dream Of Spring, Deep Deep Love are popular Chinese tunes available on the market presently. They are for English speaking listeners familiar with the melody but not the language.
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Other songs by Patton and his boys are 60s US and UK pops. One interesting vinyl I own called 'Let's Dance Soul' has Master Jack, She Wears My Ring, Kiss Me Goodbye and Man Without Love. The other called, A Go Go, Off Beat Cha Cha has Silver Threads & Golden Needles, I Really Don't Want To Know and Where Are You and Mixed Feelings. According to one website, Patton used the echo unit to create a Chinese beat style later emulated by many Chinese bands.
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The vinyl market is so large that many professional musicians grouped to record guitar instrumentals. The Stylers, The Travellers, The Silverstones, The Tones, Charlie and The White Cloud Orchestra and Patton with The Melodians are some of the successful ones.
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Anyone familiar with Maurice Patton and The Melodians? Were you in one of these groups? Do write in to tell us. We'd love to hear from you.
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Image/Original article: Andy Lim Collection.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

I have a few Maurice Patton and the Melodians records. One of them has an instrumental track called 'Molly' that I quite like. I was surprised to hear that the Simon Jr song 'Man Lee' is actually the same tune. So, this was originally a Chinese song called 'Maidelei'?

All the best

Steve

Andy Young* said...

Hi Steve,
I only know the song as 'Man Lee' and don't know its original title as you mentioned. It's a very old song.

Yes, Maurice Patton, Simon Jr. with The Melodians are sold everywhere, even now. You can get them for $2.00 a piece or maybe more nowadays.

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

Sorry, I was confused; the 'Maidelei' I quoted was the name of the Youtube site, not the song.

Steve

Andy Young* said...

Yes Steve, And the 'Molly' you mentioned is from an EP selection by the group on Happy Records called, 'Off Beat Cha Cha' with three other songs, 'As Tears Go By', 'Sweet Dream' and one with a totally Chinese title. They are on SN8815.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that is the one. It is a good version As Tears Go By as well

Steve

Andy Young* said...

Thanks Steve for all the comments and information you've provide for this blog. Helpful indeed.
Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Dear Andrew, I have already more than 400 covers /versions of "She Wears My Ring" in Spanish, English and other languages. As you probably know, it's a Mexican song "La Golondrina" of Narciso Serradell, sometimes titled as "Las Golondrinas", also as TRADITIONAL (!). The English version is "She Wears My Ring", known by Elvis, Roy Orbison, etc...
Dear Andrew, please, if you do have time and you wish to help my great request, it would be just fine and beautiful, thank you in advance for your efforts. Please, send me by mail just this song SHE WEARS MY RING, by Maurice Patton & The Melodians.
Thank you, best wishes, Slobodan,
darko47darko@yahoo.com

Andy Young* said...

I shall look through my collection to see if there's a cover of SWMR by Patton and will send it to you. Otherwise I shall post your letter on the blog for other readers to respond.
Thank you for writing.
Cheers.

Anonymous said...

*Thank you so much Andrew for trying to help my great request. I am looking forward... Also, who can help me to get Rita & Sakura' version of SHE WEARS MY RING too, album "Talk Of The Town" (Rita Chao & Sakura Teng)? Anyone who is more interested in versions of LA GOLONDRINA /SHE WEARS MY RING is welcome.
Best wishes, again, Slobodan of SRB,
darko47darko@yahoo.com

Andy Young* said...

Actually they are all available on vinyls in Singapore but they are not available on the market in CD format.

I do not have the device to transfer the song to a CD. That's the problem.

Will try and find out if I can buy them from the shops.

Andy Young* said...

I have a Sakura Extended Play, EMI ECHK 603 vinyl, with 'She Wears My Ring', and 'Tell The Boys' together with one Japanese and one Chinese song.

I will not be able to transfer it to a CD as explained. I have written to you on your email.
Cheers.

Andy Young* said...

To me they are still properties of the recording companies so it is illegal to download them on CDs. You can still buy the vinyls from the 2nd hand markets.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your great efforts... I will looking further to find this recording!
Regards, Slobodan

dustin said...

I became fascinated with this group many years ago, mainly due to their beautiful album covers. I would love to hear more of their story. For fans/researchers, I've got a gallery of the over 50+ Maurice Patton & The Melodians records in my collection.

Andy Young* said...

Hi dustin,
Thanks for the visit. Yes, MP & M were popular in the 60s playing mostly instrumentals of Chinese, English and even Malay songs.

YOu have a great collection. Keep up the hobby because many Singaporeans do not know the value of these vinyls and many are bought over by foreigners.

find.din3 said...

Hi Andy, thanks for your post. I found it really interesting. but what happened to the band? I've been trying to find information about Simon Jr after the car accident in 1968. they seem to have disappeared. would greatly appreciate if anyone has any information. have been searching for months for my project, but information seem to be limited.

Andy Young* said...

I am unable to furnish such details on the blog.

Many times bands and artistes do not wish to reveal information regarding their own private lives. I respect their wishes.

Cheers.

magg jnne said...

I am wondering if you have any uploads or if you know any links for ling seow/ling xiao's concert dvds - his nostalgic 40 yrs concert 2007 and the one in 2011? any idea where to get the dvds? i can;t find them anywhere in the stores. I really love his rich and soothing vocals, and would love to view his past concerts in recent years. any idea if the singer is ever married..or some profile on him?
pls assist. thanks

Andy Lim* said...

Hi magg jnne,

1. Thanks for visiting this blog but I am not in contact with DVD shops nor suppliers. I hope readers can help you.

2. Regarding your second query. If you wish to help you can write a profile of him and I can post it on this blog. Readers can expand it somehow with their contribution. Would be a nice idea.

magg jnne said...

Thanks Andy for your quick reply.

Music, besides writing,has always been a therapeutic retreat for me, ever since I was a child.

I grew up with a fusion of English and Mandarin melodies, though I am not that proficient in Mandarin. But music cuts across all languages; it bridges boundaries...

Andy Lim* said...

Thanks again for the visit. I have left the rest of your comment unpublished and hope to present it as a posting soon with photographs of your favourite singer.

Would you mind since I have always wanted to write about him and have some EPs that is lying in the cupboard? It could generate some comments and ideas from other readers.

Thanks.

Vincent Patton said...

Hi Andy,

Thanks for having a write-up on my dad.

I'm Maurice Patton son and he has passed on in June 1991. We have lots of Maurice Patton & The Melodians records at home still in good condition.

Simon Junior & one of the band member Sim are still around but not in contact.

Fyi - Barney Morier (Hawaian singer & steel guitars) has migrated to Perth WA.

Andy Lim* said...

Thank you Vincent for the information about your dad and the other members. I have written to Simon Junior a few times through a friend but he has not replied.

If you know the whereabouts of Mr Sim and Barney Morier's email address I would be grateful if you could send them to me.

Is there anyway I could contact you via the Internet. I shall not reveal your email address. I am doing all this in good faith for the younger generation to read and not for rewards, monetary gains nor personal success.

Cheers.

find.din3 said...

what you're doing is great Andy! just like you've said, it really does good for younger generation like myself as I did research on Singapore musicians in the 1960s. Thank you for doing this :)

find.din3 said...

Dear Andy and Vincent, my music professor is interested in getting to know more information about music in the 60s and would like to meet up with both of you (separately if preferred) over coffee or lunch. Please let me know if both of you are able to meet up with him. We are both music enthusiasts and my professor has done many research in the music field and would like to expand his knowledge of music in the 1960s.

Please email me at xxx.com and I will leave his contact if the meet up is possible. Thank you so much in advance. :) cheers to furthering music education in singapore!

Anonymous said...

Simon junior is in kl (cherad).he is no longer siging and not employed

Andy Young* said...

Thank you for the information and visit. I think many of his enthusiasts will be glad to know.

Anonymous said...

Maurice Patton was electrocuted while playing onstage