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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Irene Singing At 11 And 10 Albums By 14: Part 1

In 1966 when Irene Yap (image: 1,2) was only 11 years young she was asked by a Mr Heng to sing with a Singapore guitar group called The Sandboys while watching them during a rehearsal. According to Irene, the gentleman was affiliated to White Cloud Records (more popular with the production of Chinese pops) and signed her up for a recording contract after listening to her voice.

Irene made her first vinyl singing the very popular Pretty Ribbon by Engelbert Humperdinck. But her version was different because she sung it in both English and Chinese. It was a hit and sold about 8,000 copies! She carried on with White Cloud and in the next four years, up to the time she was 14 in 1970, Irene had released seven EPs and three LPs.

Irene recalled that before the singers had final recording sessions they had to be properly trained. She continued, "So when I was only eleven Mr Heng sent me for vocal training by Liang Pin a famous Hong Kong singer then. Besides singing scales I had to do the Por por mor fer, a Chinese pronunciation course."

As her popularity peaked, Irene was well publicised by the local English papers. Stories about this youthful singer, her recordings and pictures appeared in The Straits Times, New Nation, Singapore Herald, Eastern Sun and other vernacular newspapers. Within the short span she had appeared on the little home screen during Chinese Variety Show produced by RTS (Radio Television Singapore) and other programmes like Take Four, The Guthrie Hour and on the Malay Variety channel.

With such a success story and because she wanted to pursue her love for singing Irene made a decision to turn professional and it was during her school holiday in 1971 when Irene decided to...

(More about Irene in the next posting and what the newspapers say about her and the special licence she had to obtain to perform because of her age.)

Do you remember Irene and her White Cloud recordings? Tell us.

Images: Irene Yap Collection. Copyrights Reserved.

Article: by Andy Lim as told by Irene Yap.

3 comments:

IRENE YAP said...

Thank you Andy! This is so kind and wonderful of you. I don't even have some of my records. The one most dear to me is my first released "Pretty Ribbon". Thank you, again.

FACEBOOK OF IRENE YAP said...

Evelyn Lim Mh Irene ah irene y makeup orh lu lu
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Irene Yap
Irene Yap Evelyn Lim Mh, ah, It is the photograher's fault. Back than we only use one particular studio for record cover. I really don't know why it turned out so dark. No make up at all. I was 11 years old.
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Irene Yap
Irene Yap Buay heow pan make up leh
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Dicky Low
Dicky Low Wow great Irene
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Evelyn Lim Mh
Evelyn Lim Mh walau 11 only... u very can
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Irene Francis Rogers
Irene Francis Rogers So cute 😜
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Irene Yap
Irene Yap Thank you ah, Dicky, u so kind!
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Irene Yap
Irene Yap Thanks Irene Francis Rogers. U also cute back than. Now we even cuter hoh?? Hehe
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Irene Francis Rogers
Irene Francis Rogers I agree. Lol
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Dicky Low
Dicky Low Hey Irene and Irene. Don't stretch it. Hahaha
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Irene Yap
Irene Yap Dicky, when you get to this age, every chance you can leh.....hehehe
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Teresita MagnoPapa Kong
Teresita MagnoPapa Kong So nice to share this! You looked beautiful then and more so now my dear Irene!
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Irene Yap
Irene Yap Thank you so much Tez. You are too kind. Pls check out the above Singapore60smusic.blogspot by Andy Lim. He writes beautifully on 60s music era. His blog has hit 1 million mark. Yet, he is so humble. No advertisements.

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