SINGAPORE 60s: ANDY'S POP MUSIC INFLUENCE: ON THE MUSIC N MEMORIES TRAIL IS MY OWN BLOG N ROLL PROJECT. NOSTALGIA IS PERSONAL HISTORY N PICTURES TELL STORIES. POP MUSIC NOT PILLS. ANDY YOUNG. (November, 2008).

Showing posts with label Bryan Davies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bryan Davies. Show all posts

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stangee Place And RAF Changi Connection Pt VI

1. "Dear Andy,
 Just to make a pleasant change from all the Echoes/Sonics/Desperadoes/Fairport stuff, here is some light relief.   When I was going out with a young lady from the Stangee Place area in 1963/64, she mentioned an Australian singer called Bryan Davies who had appeared on Singapore TV around that time. I had never heard of him but I promised to look out for any records by him. 

I discovered an LP on a stall at the Changi village night market and she was delighted when I took it to her flat.  Apparently, he was born in England and moved to Australia as a boy with his family.  He had quite a pleasant voice and sang a mixture of standards and pop songs. 
A couple of years ago I managed to find a copy of the LP on Ebay and bought it out of nostalgia.  Not as good as I remembered it but it brought back memories of that innocent time.  I have attached a scan of most of the cover. Have you ever come across him? 
Keep well.  Allan."

2.  Hi Allan,

Thanks for the letter and the information. If we are with the same Bryan Davies the status from You Tube includes his hits: Dream Girl, Alberta, With Love From Jenny, Tossin' and Turnin', Ten Pin Bowling, Skinny Minnie, You Talk Too Much You're Sixteen and others. Comment anyone especially those with British and Australian connections?
Regards, Andy.

Original article/Image 1: Bryan Davies LP Cover from Allan Thompson Collection.
Image 2, 3: You Tube Videos.

3. Added comment by Allan:
"I have been lstening to the Bryan Davies LP over the last couple of days and these are my observations 45 years after I first heard it.

He sounds like Bobby Vee/Craig Douglas/Neil Sedaka/Tommy Steele on some of the pop songs, while on "April Love" and "Young Talk" he reminds me of Jerry Keller.

On the two standards, "Lonesome Road" and "Alright, OK, You Win", there seems to be a strong influence of Anthony Newley.

The standards and ballads stand the test of time pretty well but the uptempo 'poppy' numbers are very much of their time but that, after all, is the nature of pop music. It was interesting to see some of his performances on YouTube."


4. Dream Girl Lyrics by Bryan Davies (Try Singing it With You Tube. Very Catchy. Come on!)

I Guess You Know
That I Really Go
For That Come On Smile
And Those Laughin' Eyes Of Blue
Little Dream Girl.

And The Way You Move
Only Goes To Prove
You're A Perfect Doll
And I Sure Could Fall For You
Little Dream Girl
My Dream Girl.

When You Walk Down The Street
Ah, You Sweep Me Off My Feet
I Never Thought A Girl Could Look So Sweet
But Your're Twice As Nice As Sugar And Spice.

From Top To Toe
You Just Seem To Glow
Like A Living Dream
Made Of Silk And Satin And Pearl
Little Dream Girl
My Dream Girl.

(Please help with the Lyricist and Composer).