From: Andy Young and all contributing writers.
2017 images below:
Just a selection of pictures and postings. If I missed putting your picture... 😟
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.