I want you to tell me, Why you walked out on me, I'm so lonesome every day...
Sungei Road or Thieves Market will soon be gone, literally taken off the streets and its area transformed for urban rejuvenation. People from all over the world have visited this place since the 1930's to buy nostalgia. One is VINYL. There were many such makeshift stalls in this central area in Singapore selling records, but today you need to hunt the two or three makeshifts that might have them.
By the middle of this year, Robinson Petang will be no more. Like so many of the 60's international and local pop musicians who are gone, Sungei Road will pass away in mid-2017. Extensions are unlikely so it's R.I.P. to Singapore's only Flea Market (15/02/2017).
|Walk Right Back With The Everlys - 20 Golden Hits|
SONGS I LOVE:
In the early 60's, they transformed the bluegrass sound of their Kentucky (USA) boyhood into a richly harmonised form of rock n roll and this close harmony vocals influenced many singers from the West. Similarly in the East, Indonesian/Dutch duos like The Blue Diamonds, Singapore's Cyclones and Malaysia's Mike and Herb followed their unique style.
The above vinyl record is one of those rare finds I walked away with for only $2.00. On the internet it's about $20.00 or so and that's without shipping cost. Not a collectible but with twenty songs in the pocket and all genuine recordings by the Everly Brothers. What more could I ask for?
|Sungei Road Yesterday. Called Robinson Petang.|
Some tracks are re-recorded versions of their Cadence hits, the result of a nostalgic recording session held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1962. If you're an Everly Brothers fan there's even a Chart Position for US/UK/Year for the 20 songs.
|The Blues Diamonds inspirationally Everlys.|
I bought this particular record two years ago when #Sungei Road was still wide enough to accommodate the sellers and make-shift stalls in the area but now with the building of the MRT, the place has shrunk to nearly half its size. Or even less than that?
The Brothers inspired a generation of musicians from the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel. Dressed in snazzy outfits and sporting pompadours, they offered instant appeal to teenagers who easily identified with their songs about dating parents and high school.
In 1960, Phil and Don Everly sold eight million copies of their worldwide hit Cathy's Clown. Between 1957 and 1965 they notched-up a collective total of over 35 million singles and albums. Many of their biggest hits were penned by Boudleaux Bryant and wife Felice.
For this particular album, the tracks were cut in Nashville under Chet Atkins who had worked with Elvis Presley. They include most of their hits with others like Love Hurts, Love Is Strange, How Can I Meet Her, Temptation, Don't Blame Me, So Sad, No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile, The Ferris Wheel, The Price of Love and Muskrat. On July 14th 1973, they announced their last concert appearance together each preferring to follow a solo career.