Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Rock n Roll Comes To Singapore Part 2 by Michael Bangar


Good Friend Michael obliges as usual, writing on a topic that he holds dearly, the emergence of a music era that’s incomparable at any period in time. 

Many thanks Michael.

Hi Andy,

This paper is a continuation of Part 1.

Meanwhile in the UK & Europe, Cliff Richard & The Shadows and their likes were rocking the charts  with some of their own catchy hits. In the US pop music in the charts were  watered down to keep in line with the authorities idea to phase out Rock & Roll eventually. 

     In the meantime, the US troops that were stationed in Germany, especially the African American ones were bringing with them and introducing their music to the European audiences and bands performing there. By Rock & Roll Artistes like Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps, Bill Haley & His Comets, Ricky Nelson, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and of cause King Elvis Presley. Coloured Artistes like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles. Blues Artistes like B B King, Albert King, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, etc.

In Hamburg, a relatively unknown 5 piece band from Liverpool, England calling themselves The Silver Beatles were doing the  rounds there in clubs like The Star Club, doing covers of American Rock & Roll, Pop, Soul & Blues. Made up of 3 guitarists John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Stuart Suttcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums. They paid their dues there working long sets to hone their craft. During a violent tragic incident where they were beaten up by thugs, Stuart succumbed to his injuries and passed on. Sad !

     At home in the UK, some bands were doing the same thing. The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals, The Searchers, etc were also doing the rounds in clubs and concert halls polishing their skills, doing mostly covers of American Music. Upon return to England, Paul switched to bass & Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey - real name ) replaced Pete Best on drums. They got involved with Brian Epstein who took on their management. He worked on a recording deal for them. Decca Records rejected them first saying that " guitar bands are on the way out " before EMI ( Parlophone Label to be exact - who put them on to producer George Martin ) took them on. Then they started their run of hits : Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me To You, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Help, A Hard Days Night and the list went on and on and on. Before all that they shortened their band name to The Beatles and dressed in matching outfits. With their Beatle boots and moptops they started a fashion craze worldwide. In a short while in the UK bands started sprouting out all over the place, imitating them and their image.

All the groups came along and followed their footsteps. They gave The Rolling Stones their 1st. Hit " I Wanna Be Your Man " which Ringo Starr  recorded on their 1st. album - With The Beatles . Other Stones hits followed - The Last Time, Under The Boardwalk ( American group, The Drifters original ) their giant hit Satisfaction and Get Off Of My Cloud. The Kinks, with their hits You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Waterloo Sunset. Manfred Man with hits like 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,, If You Got To Go, Go Now, Pretty Flamingo. The Dave Clark 5 gave us Glad All Over, Catch Us If You Can, Because Because I Love You, Reelin' & A-Rockin', a Chuck Berry original. 

     The Animals with House Of The Rising Sun ( an American tradtional folk song 1st. popularised by Nina Simone ), Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Bring It On Home To Me, We Got To Get Out Of This Place, See See Rider. Hermans' Hermits and their hits I'm Into Something Good, No Milk Today, A Little Bit Better, Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter.

The Searchers had Sweet For My Sweet, Needles And Pins, When You Walk In The Room.  Gerry & The Pacemakers had How Do You Do, I like It, Ferry Cross The Mersey and the Liverpool Football Club Anthem - You'll Never Walk Alone. Freddie & The Dreamers gave us If You Got To Make A Fool Of Somebody, I Understand a remake of The Four Tunes 1954 hit ( Integrated  with Auld Lang Syne )and Do The Freddie ( their dance hit). Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas hit the British charts with George Harrison's Do You Want To Know A Secret, Bad To me, I'll Keep You Satisfied and Little Children.

During that period, the early 60's there were some short- lived groups that had their songs in the UK charts as well. Like The Merseybeats and they had hits like I Think Of You, Sorrow, Wishing And Hoping. The Foremosts hits were A Little Loving, Hello Little Girl, Baby I Need Your Loving. The Honeycombs with a lady drummer gave the UK charts Have I The Right, Leslie Anne, That's The Way. After a short period these bands faded into UK Pop Music History.

Best regards,
Michael Bangar

Friday, May 22, 2020

Aidil Fitri 2020 Good Wishes In Singapore

Wishing all Muslim readers, friends and fans Aidilfitri good wishes. Remembering kampongs (villages) from the past like: Kampong Wak Tanjong, Kampong Melaka, Kampong Geylang Serai, Kampong Ubi, Kampong  Pachitan and other areas in the East near where I lived.
May everyone enjoy music that they love to sing and listen to, even today.
Ahmad Jais sings a Hari Raya Classic From Youtube 

This blog is filled with many Malay pop songs performed and 
recorded by kugiran from all over Singapore and Malaysia.

Click below to read and listen to Hari Raya stories and songs.

Keep Safe, Celebrate With Care Always!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Heat Is On In Singapore Hot Hot Weather Get Rid Of Covid

The Heat Is On Glen Frey 1984 YouTube. And other songs from the sound track.  Other songs include:  ‘Don’t You Forget About Me - Simple Minds; 
‘Shout’ - Lulu and The Luvvers, ‘Glad All Over’ - The Dave Clark 5.

Just wondering if the Corona Virus will disappear as some medical experts say it would during this Sahara Desert season of blistering hotness or that it’s just another hopeful thought of virus laboratory theories?  Whatever, the heat is on from now and the rain that comes in between isn’t helping much. The temperature on this island will go up to 33C and more soon.

‘The Heat Is On’ is an unforgettable hit especially when Glen Frey was way up on the pop  parade chart with his movie and TV theme songs. Eddie Murphy too was a huge star in the sky at Beverly Hills screaming his eyes and mouth out. One great combination of music and mayhem to watch the movie.

So here’s the song folks and to all at home, especially those who have been sending me messages every day.  Many thanks especially to C. P. (drummer boy from Illinois went crash boom bang) who sends me daily prayers during this GET RID OF COVID crisis. And a Long list of WhatsApp friends who feed me daily with advice and encouraging statements of love and positive thoughts, thank you all.  You know who you are. KAMSIAH.

The heat is on guys, hopefully for the better!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Andy 60’s Music: Keep The Mail Coming.

The computer is down and my iPhone format and inter-face are different from my android laptop. It takes some time to get used to the change.

Check your mail on the blog post. I have published them all. Or write in again.

Keep the letters coming.


Monday, May 11, 2020

J.D. Salinger: Family Connections With Allan Thompson

Dear Andy, 

I have been browsing through your most excellent Blog while the spring sunshine casts its light in our lounge, the wind blows through the bushes, the cat sleeps soundly in the sunlight on Mary's end of the couch, and the world faces an uncertain future.

I was reading the Salinger entries and wondered if I had ever sent you details of my very tenuous family connection with him.

My Father's only sister, Agnes Thompson, married a man called Sholto Douglas and they had no family.

I was conceived in West Africa where my Father worked for a gold-mining company as transport manager. My parents returned to Scotland and I was born in Dumfries (image below) in January, 1943. My Father went back to Africa soon after my birth and my Mother and I moved into a vacant flat belonging to my Uncle Sholto and Aunt Agnes who had moved to Greenock to work in a munitions factory as part of the War effort. This made Sholto exempt from military service which was probably his intention. One day, later in the War, my Mother and I returned from shopping to find all our belongings packed up and piled on the pavement and the door lock had been changed. Sholto, realising that he could make much more money by letting the flat to Army officers, had evicted us!!!! We were able to find other accommodation, thankfully, and my Father returned home in 1945 or 1946.
https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2020/03/jd-salinger-catcher-in-rye-inspired.html?m=1 (JD SALINGER is well-known for his masterpiece, ‘THE CATCHER IN THE RYE’.)

I knew that my Uncle Sholto was related (probably a nephew) to Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sholto Douglas, who was also Lord Douglas of Kirtleside, and was one of the earliest of very many children of Robert Langton Douglas by various mothers. Another of Robert Langton Douglas's children, born about 40 years after the others, was Claire Douglas, and she married J D Salinger and was mother of his two children. Very complicated stuff! If all these relationships are valid, then Salinger was my great-uncle by the marriage of my aunt to Claire Douglas's nephew. (Phew! is probably the most appropriate word with which to end this story).

Best wishes, 

Written by 
Allan Thompson

Sunday, May 10, 2020

RIP Derrick Fitzgerald: A Tribute From Irene Goh

From Irene Goh - a long time Friend & True Blue Fan. For & on behalf of all the Carriage Bar Regulars.

😘"This was celebrated 3 years ago with The Thunderbirds when you were 70, at Serangoon Gardens Country Club....

Dear Derrick.
And its now  your 73rd. Birthday.
.Irene in the front :- from left Kassim - keyboards, Harris - bass (former lead guitarist : Impian Bateks), Derrick - seated, Danny Boy - drums (Yusof Khan former SS) & Philip Da Silva - guitar (former Black Gold, besides a few other bands. He replaced Derrick).

Thank You For All The Good Times At Carriage Bar. My Friends & I Will Always Remember & Treasure The Great Times You & The Rest Of The Thunderbirds : Harris, Danny & Kassim Gave Us.....You Made Our Night The Happiest When We Saw The Look On Your Face...When The Boys Sang "My Lonely Heart" For You... We Will Always Love & Remember You...Dear Derrick.

😘Also needs mentioning too, in his heyday Derrick's memory and  public relations at Carriage Bar. He greets all his regulars by name and  remembers and delivers all their song requests.
Goes up to first timers there and introduces himself and make friends with them.👍🏼😘

May You Rest In Peace.😘

Images: From Irene Goh and From The Thunderbirds (Copyrights Reserved).

RIP Little Richard: A Tribute By Michael Bangar Singapore

Thanks to Mr Michael Bangar who has again taken the time and trouble to write about another legend who had just passed away. Mike knows rock n roll history better than any  Singaporean musician around today.

Appreciate your contribution Michael.

✝🎹RIP Little Richard (Richard Penniman - actual name)🙏🏼

Just heard the news that one of the last  Founding Fathers Of Rock & Roll had passed away of  bone cancer at the age of 87.

We'll always remember him from his very influential R & R Hits : Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Good Golly Miss Molly etc, his showmanship & his flamboyant stage persona.

He influenced all of the 60s British Invasion Bands & all other R & R Artistes ever since. He has sung & performed from his arrival on the scene in the 50s right through to every decade to  the present.🎹✝

Re-Cap for all blog readers:

He now joins the list of Founding Fathers who have left us for that Big Gig Up There.

First ones, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper (JP Richardson) on 3rd. Feb.'59 in a plane crash; Eddie Cochran on 17th. Apr.'60 in a traffic collision.

Gene Vincent on 12 Oct.'70 from stomach ulcer and Bill Haley 9th. Feb.'81 from brain tumour. The King Of R & R Elvis Presley died on 16th. Aug.'77 from a heart attack. And the one after him was Ray Charles on 10th. Jun.'04 from alcohol-related liver disease.

Two more important Founding Fathers left out of the Little Richard Tribute: Ricky Nelson, on the 31st. of Dec. 1985 in a plane crash & Fats Domino on the 24th. of Oct. 2017 of natural causes.
All of these Founding Fathers were very influential in making Rock & Roll Music what it is today.

Not forgetting Chuck Berry on 18th. Mar.'2017 died of cardiac arrest. And  Phil Everly of the  Everly Brothers on 3rd. Jan.2014 passed away because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Our secret  wish is that they are all still Rocking wherever they are, togther with the next generation of deceased Rockers : Jones, Hendrix, Allman, Lennon, Harrson & all the other great deceased or dead entertainers from every decade. And that they are still performing & making great music.

RIP All & Thanks For All The Great Music, All Those Many Many Years.

That leaves only one Founding Father of R & R left : "The Killer" - Keyboardist Jerry Lee Lewis. We Wish Him Well.🎤🎹🎸🙏🏼

Mother’s Day May 2020 Singapore

Wishing all mums the best time ever, even during this unstable period. I’ve had a wonderful Mother. Took my first plane ride with her, at 12 years, to visit her folks overseas. Unforgettable Mother, unforgettable relationship.

Mother of Mine: Florence Aguilar: YouTube video by Jokarilon. Thank you.

Video from Google
Image from Vecteezy.