**Simon and Garfunkel's: 7'oclock News, Silent Night (1966).
Saturday, February 27, 2010
**Simon and Garfunkel's: 7'oclock News, Silent Night (1966).
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Yes, the news item started me thinking about The Who, the rock group that sends the adrenalin pumping and ears exploding when I spin the turntable to play their hits. And Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are no ordinary musicians, with the group literally bringing the stage to a 'destructive' end with their music and instruments.
"This fantastic group has sold about 100 million records and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States with 17 top ten albums, including 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone (Wikipedia)."
Frankly I got to know The Who a little bit after my acquaintance with Deep Purple's music and heard them only when they covered Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' Shakin' All Over in their Live At Leeds album in 1970. Not too late as I was a bit more matured to appreciate the music.
Of course there was also the rock opera Tommy that came in 1969 and others in the genre like Godspell, Hair, (with protest songs) and Jesus Christ Superstar (saw the stage musical in Australia, in November 1973). Pinball Wizard, Good Morning Starshine, Aquarius, I Don't Know How To Love Him, Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord, *Day By Day are some of the songs that not only entertained but excited listeners.
If I remember correctly, Neil Diamond had a story to tell when he was interviewed by, Behind The Music. He was next to appear at a show that had The Who on stage. That evening the group smashed guitars to smithereens during performance and caused so much physical and emotional upheaval that the crowd had to be calmed and everyone reassured. There was chaos and calamity. Quietly Diamond appeared on stage with his songs. The people stayed to watch...
*Covered by The Blackjacks, Singapore 60s band.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
DATE: Saturday March 27th, 2010 TIME: 9:30PM - 2:00AM VENUE: Heritage Lounge, DuPont Circle, 1337 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20036.
OK, so if you're in the Washington DC area in March, go to his show huh! Good luck, DJ Carlito.
(I understand that there are many Tamil speakers in Jersey, USA. Is this true? I am interested because Tamil is one of the four official languages in Singapore. Anyone familiar with 60s Tamil songs?
Image: YouTube *On image.
Information: Articles from Les Fantomes Websites.
Friday, February 19, 2010
David Row from Teachers' Estate near Upper Thomson Road, Singapore has a collection that will astound you. From his Edison phonograph since the beginning of the last century to his beautiful AMI Continental 2 Jukebox playing 60s music 45 rpm singles, Row has them all. When blogger visited him a few weeks ago, the former listened intently to music played on various phonograph machines owned by Row.
He is also a collector of LPs, EPs and 78s. He has shelves full of vinyls that he has kept for more than 50 years. Name the song or record and he would probably have a copy.
Row has given talks at Community Clubs and other venues. He has appeared a few times in the daily papers where he explained the importance of passing time positively. "Hobbies," he said, "are important, especially at our age."
More about this remarkable gentleman in future postings.
Original article: Andy Lim Collection.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
For full story: http://thefabulousfalcons.blogspot.com
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I went through many websites in search of songs suitable for Valentine's Day and then realises that many songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s are love songs, meant to be sung anytime between lovers and not necessarily during special occasions.
1) #Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Jim Reeves
3) Eternally - Petula Clark
4) Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
5) Fascination - Jane Morgan
6) I Love You For Sentimental Reasons - Dinah Shore
7) A Groovy Kind of Love - Mindbender, Petula Clark
8) All You Need Is Love - Beatles
9) Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
10) Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
11) I'll Be There - Michael Jackson
12) I Love You Because - Jim Reeves
13) I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles
14) You Belong To My Heart - Bing Crosby
15) You Belong To Me - Jo Stafford
These songs will never ever antagonise another (see posting below), unless of course you are singing to the wrong person? Would you agree?
Original Article: Andy Lim Collection.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The image shows Zainal with his bass and Billy Martinez (son of 60s music teacher Harry Martinez) on the keyboard. They were both entertaining friends and family at Freddie Kang's birthday treat on August 24th, 2008 at the Riverside Hotel in Havelock Road, where Freddie appears. Freddie was a former keyboardist with The Thunderbirds.
Come on you Dukes supporters, what do you have to say? Will they make a comeback like The Silver Strings, Ronnie And The Burns? Let's hear from you!
During the years before fire crackers were banned in Singapore, children hunt for the ones that had not been exploded on the streets. The adults had long strings of them, hung from higher floors of buildings or cranes. And as 60's Chinese New Year music filled the air from loudspeakers, the firecrackers exploded in unison... It was fun, fun, fun.
However, in 2003, the authorities allowed firecrackers to be set off during the festive season. At the Chinese New Year light-up in Chinatown, at the stroke of midnight on the first day of the Lunar New Year, firecrackers are set off under controlled conditions by the Singapore Tourism Board.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
The Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner was on 13 Feb, 2010, 6.00 pm at Genting International Convention Centre, Malaysia.
A newspaper report of their show:
The group did not last long. In 1974, her Cantonese TV theme song, The Yuanfen of a Wedding that Cries and Laughs made Canto-pop the new music phenomenon."
Monday, February 08, 2010
The names are familiar. By looking at the photograph can you recognise which band they are in? Is this a re-union of sorts? Will they be back on stage and performing soon? The answer's too easy but let us know.
More about this group after the CNY postings. Check their other postings on: Friday, March 27th 2009/Wednesday, December 31 2008.
Image: Zainal Abidin Collection.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
One of my favourite books, Catcher In The Rye, written by J.D. Salinger in 1951, has long been inspirational for songwriters.
Salinger, (previous blog posting January, 28th, 2010) who died on January 27th, 2010 aged 91, has his book as reference when these 10 songs were written:
2) Six Minutes - Jonas Brothers
3) Get It Right - The Offspring
4) Roller Shake Skinny - Old 97's
5) Shadrach - Beastie Boys
6) Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie - Belle n Sebastian
7) Who Wrote Holden Caulfield - Green Day
8) We Didn't Start The Fire - Billy Joel (image)
9) Warning Shots - Rick Springfield
10) Good Year - The Refreshments
The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield recounts the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a private school. After a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, Holden leaves school two days early to explore New York before returning home, interacting with teachers, prostitutes, nuns, an old girlfriend, and his sister along the way.
Salinger's classic illustrates a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up: pitting the innocence against the authenticity of childhood.
Billy Joel - Piano Man - 1973
Rick Springfield - Beginnings - 1972; Jessie's Girl - 1981.
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Thursday, February 04, 2010
GRAMMY FEVER NOW. RECORD OF THE YEAR 60s LIST:
1969: Mrs. Robinson performed by Simon & Garfunkel; produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
1968: Up, Up and Away performed by The 5th Dimension, produced by Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon
1967: Strangers in the Night performed by Frank Sinatra, produced by Jimmy Bowen
1966: A Taste of Honey performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, produced by Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
1965: The Girl from Ipanema performed by Stan Getz & João Gilberto
1964: Days of Wine and Roses performed by Henry Mancini
1963: I Left My Heart in San Francisco performed by Tony Bennett
1962: Moon River performed by Henry Mancini
1961: Theme From A Summer Place performed by Perch Faith
1960: Mack the Knife performed by Bobby Darin
Songs I love? (1) Theme From A Summer Place (2) Mack The Knife.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
1979: Just the Way You Are performed by Billy Joel, produced by Phil Ramone
Monday, February 01, 2010
GOODBYE, MR. BASS MAN
For my father, Moses Tay (September 8, 1940 — January 23, 2010)