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Don't laugh because it's been happening here in Singapore too during Karaoke sessions and at our own Talentime in the 1960's. Here are the stories:
Singing in Singlish in Singapore
A friend explained what happened when she attended a karaoke session at a private club one evening.
So hilarious. Some years back we were at a country club in the East at a Karaoke lounge after dinner. My cousin and I had just finished a duet where we sang, 'The Moon Represents My Heart' in Chinese.
A towkay (rich businessman) took the microphone and wanted to sing but didn't know how to work the amplifier system to select the song. So he asked me, "You find song?" in his best English.
"What's the name?" I asked.
"Ah Chen My Loti," he replied confidently. Literally, it means, 'Ah Chen Buys Bread'.
So I asked him, "What language?"
"English," he answered, getting impatient.
I told him I have never heard the song, so I signalled the captain for help. They seemed to understand each other perfectly because the song was played and Mr Rich Businessman was belting out, 'Unchained Melody.'
It was his horrific adulteration of the lyrics. For crying out loud, he didn't stop. His announced his next number proudly, "Now I singing, 'Four Line'.
It turned out to be Bobby Helms, 'Fraulein.'
Before American Idol There Was Talentime 1960's:
In the 60's Singapore had its share of singing competitions known as Talentime. During auditions, participants had to go up to the pianist and give the song title and sometimes the original singer's name, before facing the microphone.
This Chinese guy came on stage and wanted to sing, 'Boh Sway Chew' (literally means No Wash Hands). The pianist was flabbergasted and held his laughter.
"Never heard of this song. Who's the singer?" the pianist asked.
"Hay bee!" replied the singer. Hay bee (literal: pounded dry shelled-shrimp).
The pianist stood his ground, "HAY BEE? Who's Hay Bee?"
The pianist couldn't contain himself when someone shouted, "ELVIS! 'BLUE SUEDE SHOES'!"
Steven Lee used to host The Gong Show on the radio where those taking part in the Talentime would be eliminated by him depending.
The Gong Show (Written by Horace Wee):
The precursor to the Talentime show was the Gong Show produced for radio by Steven Lee. Held at Victoria Theatre, participants would be knocked out by the gong depending on how good they were.
Some hardcore ones who had entered many times would get knocked out after they uttered their first note. You should see the incredulous looks and the protests. Sometimes the audience participated as well.
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