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'CLAIR' FROM O'SULLIVAN AND CARNABY STREET.

'CLAIR' FROM O'SULLIVAN AND CARNABY STREET.
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Mary, Music, Mee Siam, Merry Mayhem

Tan Swee Leong, Larry Lai, Jimmy Chan and Mary Ho

Singapore rock guitarist Grandma Mary of You Tube fame (3 million plus hits) organised a party. Former Rediffusion DJ's Tan Swee Leong, Larry Lai, pianist extraordinaire Jimmy Chan and yours sincerely came with wives and friends Selina, Evelyn, R., John, Edmon and Dennis.  There were some other guests invited by Mary. The spread then; Mary, mee-siam, music and merry mayhem throughout the evening. 

There was a lot of food and drinks for all as we tasted the famous mee siam cooked by Swee Leong. His dish was the hightlight of the evening. It was delicious and a period of slurping time with the usual clinking of wine glasses. Mary was generous with her supply of catered, quality dishes on the table.
Since the guests were entertainers, the night was filled with songs as Jimmy accompanied them. A, You're Adorable, Walking My Baby Back Home, April Love, C'est Si Bon and piano instrumentals were played with selections from pop musicals like Evita, The Eddie Duchin Story and others. 

As usual, Swee Leong was the life of the party with his special rendition of Perry Como's 1949 hit, A, You're Adorable. Larry too, after much much persuasion, contributed a song. The highlight was Jimmy's version of, To Love Again, the theme melody from the movie, The Eddie Duchin Story, based on Chopin's E Flat Nocturne. Pity Grandma Mary did not chip in with her solid guitar solos or else we could have enjoyed some Santana music.

Other melodies from both the 50's and 60's flowed throughout the evening and filled the night as Jimmy's dexterous fingers danced and skated on the ivories. The night ended too early but it was already one o'clock when we went home to hit the sack. Thank you gracious Mary for the occasion.
Images: Mary Ho Collection.
You Tube Video by elpachineo.


To Love AgainThe Eddie Duchin Story, based on Chopin's E Flat Nocturne.

11 comments:

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

TAN SWEE LEONG and EDMON NEO have since left us. RIP.

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Remembering friends and positive relationships...
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Vorapong Vanakorn
Vorapong Vanakorn · Friends with Larry Lai
I have not met DJ Tan Swee Long since 1980... after I opened Studio M at Plaza Hotel at end of 1979.
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Andy Lim
Andy Lim He has since passed away. Last year in December.
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Vorapong Vanakorn
Vorapong Vanakorn · Friends with Larry Lai
Poor thing! I was also very close to Larry and Brian Richmond during 1979-1986.
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Andy Lim
Andy Lim You were? Live in Singapore?
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Vorapong Vanakorn
Vorapong Vanakorn · Friends with Larry Lai
I was the GM of Plaza Hotel at Beach Road. I was also the man who conceived and opened Studio M, Club 5, Streets of London, Seafood Theatre, etc. I am the father of Vanessa Mae, a superstar concert violinist!
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Andy Lim
Andy Lim Chatting with Larry on SMS now. Are you on WhatsApp?
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Vorapong Vanakorn
Vorapong Vanakorn · Friends with Larry Lai
Just tell Larry that this is VV. He knows who is VV of Plaza Hotel !
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Andy Lim
Andy Lim He will contact you on FB.
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Vorapong Vanakorn
Vorapong Vanakorn · Friends with Larry Lai
No worries. When I opened Studio M Disco at end of 1979, I hired 3 DJs to work for Studio M: one is Brian Richmond who was resident DJ, and the other two were Tan and Larry Lai who worked part time.
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Andy Lim
Andy Lim Nice to have chatted with you.
Simin Lai
Simin Lai Say hi to Larry for me. I hope he remembers me!
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Andy Lim
Andy Lim I will.

Larry Lai
Larry Lai VV, are you on Whatsapp?
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Larry Lai
Larry Lai Hi Simin, of course I remember you! Hope you're well.
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ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you all for this revival of an older posting.

Swee Leong's mee-siam was the talk of the evening. He had been cooking this dish since time immemorial. And everyone loved it.

Hope you're cooking up a storm Swee Leong, wherever you are now.

OTHMAN AZIZ said...

RIP Tan Swee Leong, he's got a great voice!

ALEENA TAN said...

Old friends are like gold.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Yes he does. And a good pianist too.

OTHMAN AZIZ said...

Never knew that "pianist" in him. Cool.

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Thank you Aleena, old friends are so precious, true.

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