|Mike Ellery With Millie Small (My Boy Lollipop)|
About MIKE ELLERY, from VERNON CORNELIUS:
Mike Ellery was the greatest broadcaster Singapore has ever known. There was, and still is no one who has such great instantaneous abilities - suddenly picking up records and presenting a most interesting 60 minutes show! He was a great add-libber.
He knew his music - always up to date with the latest hits, well-tuned and informed with classic standards, Jazz, Broadway, Operas, Classical Music and more!
To me he was a very difficult taskmaster, always demanding of me, and hard to please! The kicks he gave me were worth it, as it made me the perfectionist I still try to be today.
Lucky the many DJs who went through the "Mike Ellery School of Broadcasting" They were and are great and different.
Long after he was my boss I still call him "Mr. Ellery" because he was my teacher and I had great respect for him.
I last spoke to him on the phone a month ago; he was by this time on a wheelchair after a stroke, but he was cheerful as ever, business as usual. To him the 'Show Goes On'.
Mike Ellery - Pop Pioneer, Founding Father and Giant of Local Broadcasting, Passionate Promoter of Singapore Pop.
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Thanks Vernon for a very sincere, moving and informative piece about Mike Ellery.