SINGAPORE 60's: ANDY's POP MUSIC INFLUENCE IS MY PERSONAL MUSIC AND MEMORY TRAIL. PICTURES TELL STORIES BUT I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO YOU TUBE VIDEOS, AUDIO TRACKS OR IMAGES. THEY HAVE BEEN UPLOADED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES SO INFORM ME IF COPYRIGHTED AND THEY WILL BE DELETED. ANDY LIM (NOVEMBER, 2008).

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy New Year 2018 From Andy 60's Music Blog Singapore

To all my blog readers, supporters, friends and home folks too. Let's hope for another healthy and safe music year. Special thanks to my Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and e-mail friends. Blog readers 1.55 million and still counting.

From: Andy Young and all contributing writers.

2017 images below
Just a selection of pictures and postings. If I missed putting your picture... ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

Former teacher Laurence Lim (right) wrote an article for this blog about international hair-stylist Anthony Tan (AhKim) and his love for 60's music.


Fantastic SHUN NG a finger-style guitarist I was invited to meet during his concert two Christmases ago. Then saw him again with his backing vocals THE SHUNETTES. He's got up to a dozen tours all over the US in 2018.

PM LEE HSIEN LOONG was walking along the Botanic Gardens when I chanced upon him. Friendly and jovial, he taught me the best way to do a selfie without extensions. As CYLin says, "When two dragons meet..."


SILVER STRINGS with MOSES LIM, from UNDER ONE ROOF fame during a Channel 5 show, Not The 5 Show.

POTUS DONALD TRUMP with his favourite tune, SOUTH OF THE BORDER, DOWN MEXICO WAY. He's got plenty of other oldies he loves.

HENRI GANN, who writes for this blog, came all the way from California to say hello in between his business transactions. He was from THE TREKKERS and has recordings with TAN SWEE LEONG @ Rediffusion.

MATT TAN needs to be included in all future FRIED ICE re-unions in Singapore. He was the original bassist and still plays mean guitar on his own site. Spare a ticket for Matt who now lives in Canada.

RICKIE CHNG (lead guitarist) and I met FREDDIE KANG and his police vehicle one day at Novena Square. The crowd went wild. They thought Thunderbirds were flying around. He used to fly with them.

Su Goh wrote an article about LEVI'S Jeans song for this blog. She's here with hubby David and our own Guitar Hero. John Cher brought us together.

Sweetie Pie actress TAN KHENG HUA, with ANTHONY TAN and former Ms SINGAPORE. We were having tea before launch of her successful musical, TROPICANA.

Oh man, our own JIMI HENDRIX. He's RAY ANTHONY, another southpaw. Used to be with MATT TAN in FRIED ICE.


It was a treat meeting many 60's music-makers at OLPS. Can you recognise them? John Cher (2nd left), brought us together.

I used to buy vinyl records at Sungei Road and everything inexpensive there. But the people in charge had to close this flea market. Even the foreigners from SE Asia, Japan, US, Europe, etc. were surprised. 

With hair-stylist Anthony Tan and DJ Larry Lai at the Tropicana session meeting.

With a genuine guy, Tan Soo Khoon, who speaks his heart. He has to.  A former Speaker of Parliament, he used to have a pop group called, THE YOUNG ONCE.
Coming from Australia, MIKE and HERB, were THE BEATLES OF MALAYSIA 
and have cut records with THE SILVER STRINGS.

This is a power group: Henry from the QUESTS, Jimmy from STRAYDOGS, John from SILVER STRINGS and Peter from OCTOBER CHERRIES.


Anthony Tan with his own creation, the hairstyle I mean. I'm giving this
guy too much publicity!

Quiet but effective, this is CHARLIE YAP and is in charge of successful band LOCOMOTION. The write-up is now standing at more than 4,000 viewers. That's a record reading within a 2 month period.

Beautiful music was heard when 60's pop song lovers met at the Mall. They come from Singapore, Helsinki and Darwin Australia. Much to learn from Pete Hakonen and Dr Steven Farram. And Horace Wee, legendary guitarist was around too.

I had to put this one up. Legends too but from the education sector.
Lunch date @ Apollo this year was similar to Apollo landing a long time ago.

Sitting between two drummers of legendary stature, I could not eat that evening. LOUIS SOLIANO in blue and RICHARD KHAN (October Cherries) on the left.

The pleasure of being with GEORGE CHEW (THE BURNS LEAD), LARRY LAI and his wife Serene. And LOUIS SOLIANO. 

Pete Hakonen wrote to me on the blog, came over from Helsinki. You can see his name on almost any CD made in the Scandinavian countries. He produces and promotes 60's guitar groups and Rockabilly recording artistes.

The Makan Gang that haunts food joints in Singapore consists of 60's musicians and an amateur singer.

Hosting Pete Hakonen from Helsinki are Zainal Abidin, Mike Bangar and a lady singer who came over from another table and fascinated by Captain Zainal.


Michael Bangar, Rickie Chng, Laurence Lim and Andy Young.
Buddies in music outside Raffles City Food Court.

The Straydogs surrounded others during a meeting. 
Larry Lai in the background with black cap and black Polo-T.
Jimmy Appudurai-chua again with his two bandmates during a get-together.

Yes, you need lots of love to be together. From left: Rickie, 
Audie, Veronica, Andy and John during a gig at SIA Club.

John and Andy stole the show at this huge mansion.
A sneak preview actually, emphasising sneak.
With Larry Lai and Wilson David, old folks with tales to tell.
Or 'seniors' to be polite. 

Attended one in the 80's but never again. But the song
brings the boring scene back. "Purple Rain, Purple Rain..."

Wow! Seniors on the prowl at Bukit Timah. From left: Joe Woon, Andy, Peter Chua, Tan Soo Khoon, John Cher and Henry Chua during a jam.

Now, why would I have a picture of CHARLIZE THERON? Been her fan for years. This lady beats them all with her acting ability and sultriness. I watch
her movies in between blogging. Personally, she's the new KIM NOVAK.

Another skilled actress, local star TAN KHENG HUA, 
who produced TROPICANA, THE MUSICAL in 2017.

The late Bobo, one of the best and most entertaining guitarists on stage.
Bobo passed on this year, his last big show with The Silver Strings
@ the RELC International Hotel Hall @ Orange Grove Road.

She wrote an article about her famous dad, Zainal Abidin, The Dukes leader. 
Know her name? It should be clear as Crystal. She has a PhD.
in Anthropology and Sociology from UWA.

Two fans, my students actually who watched our show.
They have been so kind and kept in touch. Thanks.

As famous as she is pretty, DAWN TAN 
Finance journalist @ Channel News Asia (CNA) 
10 pm News, did a selfie. Yes, I spoilt her picture.

With writer and guitarist Michael Bangar and Dr Steven Farram, 
Darwin U. discussing local 60's music.

SEBASTIAN TAN as Broadway Beng and Chioboos on stage at
the Capitol Theatre. They were hilarious.

He wrote 250 pop Malay songs in the 60's. Good friend and 
Cultural Medallionist YUSNOR EF and his wife 
celebrated their wedding anniversary.


                   
Horace Wee, legend, with Dr Steven Farram and John Cher.

Actress Tan Kheng Hua with her production TROPICANA  
we attended. Outside the Capitol Theatre.

Freddie Kang, John Cher, Andy and THE TORNADOES key figure,
DEREK MCCULLY who sells JAMES BOND cars.

                       With Vernon Cornelius. Peter Pan doesn't age, does he?


And one of the Neu Faces, a very well-composed photograph featuring
the organist with flowing golden locks @ Kallang Theatre, AMIR BIN ANIN.


Now here's another star whose movies I watch when I'm not blogging. 
SCARLETT JOHANSSON is no quiet lady.  From a good woman to a nanny, from being an Avenger to Lucy with psychokinetic ability, she's my favourite, even in 2017.

Images: A Personal Collection.

43 comments:

JANE D. (Manitoba, Canada) said...

Andy,
Wishing you and your family a peaceful, healthy and joyous New Year 2018, rich with many blessings.
Jane

MIKE (BEATLES OF MALAYSIA: MIKE AND HERB) said...

Hi Andy,

Thanks for the New Year greetings, and also a very Happy New Year 2018 to you too. The photos of the show were great and it looked like a very good night indeed. You covered all the artistes, while the hall and audience looked great in colour. So Audie has a Beatle bass now and he really looks occupied and having a ball playing it. Good to see the other bands also being part of the festive show and I must say well done to all of you.

Once again thanks.

Mike

ALOYSIUS SOH (LOCOMOTION LEAD GUITAR) said...

Hi bro, it's always a pleasure reading your blog and I wish you a very happy New Year.
Thank you and God bless.

STEPHEN GAN said...

Thanks!! Blessed and Healthy New Year to you too

Steve Gan

TAN LAY TUAN (CONCERT PIANIST, U.S.A.) said...

Seasons greetings Andy!
Good to hear from you again.

All best wishes for your blog and a happy and healthy 2018 to you!

Cheers,

LayTuan

IRENE HOE (JOURNALIST) said...

A New Year Is On The Way
And The Possibilities Are Endless
HAPPY NEW YEAR

Diogo Cordes Aniceto Martins (MEDIA CORP NLP) said...

Have a great Christmas & a Happy New Year.

May the force be with you,

PETER CHAN (FOYERS GROUP) said...

How are you Andy? Great to be your friend. Best Wishes For The New Year

DW said...

A Happy Healthy 2018 to You and Family!

JOE WOON (BASSIST: THE EASY BEATS) said...

Happy New Year 2018 in advance.

VERNON CORNELIUS (QUESTS) said...

Happy New Year Andy.

PATRICK CHAN (LEAD GUITAR: ' THE PATRICIANS' WHAMPOA CC) said...

Happy New Year 2018

JOEY KOH said...

Good Morning Beautiful People.
It's The Last Day Of The Year!
Happy New Year's Eve.
Wishing You A Blessed Day.

STEPHEN HAN FB said...

Same to you and may we see more blogs.

KOH SUI PANG FB said...

Me too ...Happy New Year !!!!๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš๐Ÿคš

FACEBOOK said...

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR REPLY:

John Cher
Stephen Han
Ho Victor
Jennie Law
Rose Khoo
Tin Leong Lim
Ann Rowena Lim
Kwandy Yao
Tommy Gomes
Roop Singh
Alphonso Soosay
Tan Ser Kiong
Veronica Young

JERRY FERNANDEZ (NEU FACES) said...

Thank you for making 2017 a fruitful year 4 me.
Wishing you a prosperous 2018 ahead.

JERRY SARAM said...

I wish you happiness.
I wish you peace of mind.
I wish you love.
Happy Holidays!

RICHARD said...

Blessed New Year to you and family, Andy !!!!

SPYeo said...

Wishing You Happy New Year 2018

VICTOR WOO (THE TRAILERS, LEAD GUITARIST) said...

Thanks. The same goes for you and family. Cheers!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you all for the good wishes and greetings. I have put together the salutations on Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Google+ and emails together.

They will keep on coming so transfers to this blog may come beyond the lst January 2018.

PETE HAKONEN (HELSINKI, FINLAND) said...

Hello Andy,

Thanks for the new posting. Always pleasure reading :)
Happy New Year 2018 and please keep up the great work on your blog.
Your friend,

Pete

FL said...

We have just said goodbye to 2017 and it's hello to 2018 ! Andy, thank you for your blog which keeps all of us in good company. To you and all your readers of this blog, A Happy New Year wherever they are. Cheers !

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

A Happy New Year to you, Sir. You're always so special with your messages.

I'm so glad the blog, "keeps all of us in good company" as you put it.

I thank you again for such an encouraging comment.

God Bless You FL and other readers too.

LARRY LAI (REDIFFUSION DJ 60'S) said...

Thank you for all the good times! And a Happy New Year in advance.

HAPPY TAY (BC CANADA) said...

Cheers or should I say YAM SENG to you brother.

HAPPY NEW YEAR my friend.

EDDIE WEE said...

AULD LANG SYNE

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and days of auld lang syne?

DANNY BOY (ORIGINAL PERCUSSIONIST: SILVER STRINGS) said...

Wishing you A Happy New Year.

TAN TENG TENG said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR

RICKIE CHNG (LEAD GUITARIST SILVER STRINGS GUITAR GROUP said...

This write-up with all the photos seems to bring fond memories of 2017.

May 2018 lead you to even better days ahead with good health and prosperity.

matt tan COMPOSER zbraXing said...

sungei road, is it still there, really??? yes, i loved that place..the pasar malam or whatever. they sold those blackmarket albums from hongkong.. yellow, green, plastic of the stones, etc. Andy, if sungei rd did not sell those cheap plastic LPs i would not have been a musician. they were so cheaps i always got stacks of them from the vendors. they did a public service to us kids , LOL. if one day they sell those balckmarket LPs or cds of Matt Tan zbraXing , i won't shoo them away! i encourage them, so long as my LPs and cds are in pruple LOL.

MATT TAN GUITAR DUDE (CANADA) said...

ANDY OLD BUDDY, HAPPY NEW YEAR SELAMAT HARI RAYA EVERYONE... you are too kind to give me such accolade.

Jimmie, Kiang, Horace, everyone... all the best to you all. Yes, I will play there for you if u send me the air-ticket LMAO.. and pay me in durians :)
Andy !!! u r a good man, Charlie Brown :)

MATT TAN GUITAR DUDE (CANADA) said...

MATT TAN SITES:
(copy and paste to connect):

https://www.indiesound.com/index.php?a=profile&u=matthewtancanada
and Twitter https://twitter.com/zbraxing

A great start to 2018 too, Andy, tomorrow Jan 2 one of my songs were selected by Indie Music and will be reviewed on their blog. I celebrated the opening of a great year in anticipation for all... with
THE WIND CRIES MARY
https://www.indiesound.com/index.php?a=track&id=28749

MRS N MRS BRIAN RICHMOND said...

Have a Healthy n Happy New Year Andy n all your loved ones!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Short scribblings about CHARLIZE THERON and SCARLETT JOHANSSON, two film stars and why they are on my blog. Two of the finest actors in Hollywood today.

Are you a movie buff and do you watch the latest films? Pray tell.

Thanking the so many people who sent good wishes to blog and me.

You all brighten up my life, knowing that there are readers and friends out there who keep in touch and also read the blog.

KOH SUI PANG FB said...

Becoz they are your dream Angels ...lovely n sexy la !!!!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Not really Sui Pang. I watch movies during my free time and these two stars have made very successful ones. Nothing dreamy or angelic about the themes and genres they appear in. Thank you and to Robert Suriya, Ann Rowena and Merlin for liking the post.

KOH SUI PANG FB said...

๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š cheers

ERICBRONSON WONG said...

The two beautiful attractive Movie Stars are on your blog because of in a strange way they crossed path with U n decided to stay because they find u likeable as well as you're probably amicable in their own Starry Ways Fancy Ways.

Cheers, have a nice pleasant day!!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks, Ericbronson, didn't read this one earlier. Is that right? I love their movies; these two stars are talented actresses and not the glamour puss that looks good but cannot act. We had many of those in the mid-20th Century.

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STEPHEN HAN FB said...

Photographs and memories