Sunday, May 15, 2022

Andy's Singapore 60s Music Blog Nears 3 Million Views



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Today 15th May, 2022.

This blog will soon reach 3 million views. 
Thank you all for the support. 


The Winner Takes It All - ABBA 
YouTube Video from: Superstellina2011.

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Late Sunny Low: His Life, His Family, His Dance, His Acceptance.

Sunny Low Video On His Life, Family and Dance

The late and well-known dance teacher and celebrity had a video completed when he was 79 years old. Listen to his ideals about life and what he had finally accepted after he was asked by the interviewer at the end of the chat.

Watch it. Worthwhile indeed.

A short film about his youth, his family, 
his dance and his acceptance of the Lord.

The Late Mr. Sunny Low
YouTube Video from The Straits Times:


This video was provided by Mr. Lim Say Ban 
and circulated to Mr. Stephen Han on WhatsApp
from Facebook.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Sunny Low Singapore Dance Legend Had A Cha Cha Funeral Send Off

Sunny Had A Rousing Send-Off.

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Video from YouTube: Straits Times: 

A special posting from friend, Vincent Tan, who provided me Sunny Low's funeral send-off videos which had included Cha Cha Cha dance from family and friends.

RIP Sunny. 

Tribute to Sunny, connect below:

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2022/05/rip-sunny-low-of-sunny-low-dancers.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2022/05/the-late-sunny-low-his-life-his-family.html

Video: from Sunny Low's Family. Copyrights Reserved.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

RIP Sunny Low Of Sunny Low Dancers Singapore



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Another piece of sad news again!

Sunny Low, according to friends who wrote in to my WhatsApp messages, had passed away this afternoon, to be with his Lord and Saviour.

These last few days have been very sad and disheartening indeed.

We met him, the last time at a Chinese New Year dinner, held by Tan Soo Khoon, in February 2019. The guests had a ball discussing the 60s with Sunny and other friends and music makers. The waltz, fox-trot and tango, together with the cha-cha, mambo, twist and jive came alive again!

In one of my postings I called him Mr. Twinkle Toes. Sunny left a legacy of dance for his family and Singapore. Not easy to fit into those ballroom shoes; his were huge...

Usually quiet and unassuming, he let his feet do the talking. 

RIP SUNNY. 

Our sincere condolences to Sunny's family.

Below are articles of the late Sunny Low and family. 

Do click to read:

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2013/01/4-generations-sunny-low-to-tasha-low-of.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2019/11/andys-60s-music-sunny-low-dancers.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2013/01/k-pop-trivia-question-trivia-question.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2011/09/when-mr-piano-player-meets-mr-twinkle.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2022/05/blog-post.html

https://singapore60smusic.blogspot.com/2022/05/the-late-sunny-low-his-life-his-family.html

'Save The Last Dance For Me': The Drifters.
YouTube Video by: dannypsych.

Sunny by Boney M
YouTube Video by CleanMusicVideo.

It's the signature tune for 
the Singapore International Ballroom Dancing
 for 26 years, organised by Sunny and Aleena.

Happy Mother’s Day 2022 Singapore

To All Mothers, 
At Home and Abroad.

'A Mother's Love'
by Gena Hill. 
YouTube Video.

Hi, Andy! 

Firstly, A Happy Mother's Day to your Mrs., yesterday, today and everyday!

Frankly the only human being on earth that deserves mankind's respect for her sacrifices & selflessness is our mother.  She can assume others' roles but no one can assume her roles.

On our visit to this mall one day I saw this poster on the wall inside.


A man was once asked what was the greatest gift her mother gave him. 

His answer?  "My life"  he replied without any hesitation. It is always  sung, "世上只有妈妈好..." A child is only safe in the mother's embrace.

May I salute to all mothers and all those would be & will be too !🙋‍♂️

Contributed by Paul SPYeo.


Mama Liked The Roses
Elvis Presley
YouTube Video from: Jonathan Cazelot.

Friday, May 06, 2022

R.I.P. Tony Ng: A Tribute To Our Baba Friend, An All-Round Musician.


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6th May, Friday, 2022.

Tony Ng [Baba] has passed away today. He was a professional pianist, a good guitarist and an all-round musician.

I met him while he was visiting a friend a few years ago. Tony, with his usual self was so pleasant; we just clicked easily. He was very familiar with our Singapore music scene that when tertiary students needed information for their term papers on local music or pop culture, Tony was most helpful and participated during the organised interviews. 

According to an SMS going around now, Tony "used to entertain our seniors with the other musicians at our SOY events in church - before Covid. He will be missed." He had even been invited to perform in Japan.

Rest In Peace Tony

Everyone who knew you provided the same statement, "He was such an easy going and loving friend..."

We'll miss you dear Tony, goodbye.

Our sincere condolences to your family.

Image: Tony Ng.    

"I've heard there's a wicked war a-blazing, And the taste of war I know so very well, I have no fear of death, it brings no sorrow. But how bitter will be this last farewell..."

There are requests by some friends 
to play, The Last Farewell for Tony. Here's
the version by Elvis Presley. YouTube 
Video by: Marawan Kamel.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Sweet Malay Lady On Drums: Hari Raya Puasa Idil Fitri Song: Nur Amira Syahira.




This TIK-TOK video was sent by Mrs Daisy Koh.

First time on video, a lady drummer in sarong kebaya. She is so sweet and versatile. She sings too and has such a pretty smile. An attractive musician indeed.

Thank you for the Selamat Hari Raya Drum Song.

[If readers can send details about her, it will be posted on this blog.]

Video: Tik-Tok.
Drummer: Nur Amira Syahira.
Thanks to 
Ivor Lesslar
Cedric Cork
Jimmy Yap

A number of friends above wrote in providing the name of our drummer's identity. Apparently she has been drumming for many years. This pretty lady is a celebrity in Malaysia. Her 'Selamat Hari Raya' song has just been recorded on YouTube two weeks ago and hitting nearly half a million views already. 

She has 2.75 million subscribers on her YouTube account.

All the best Nur Amira Syahira. Thank you for the memories...

YouTube Video by Nur Amira Syahira.
Malaysia.

From Malaysia to Taiwan...
Connect below:

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Paul Ibrahm With Tania, Flybaits, Foreign Policy, Atomic Power, Thunderstorm: Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri 2022

Paul Ibrahm

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Paul Ibrahm with Peter Han. 
Paul shows his versatility on the saxaphone n harmonica.
Paul Ibrahm

He's very young when I knew him and one of the most talented persons I met those years when life was simpler. We practised together with The Velvetones  for only a few times in this large bungalow house near Sims Avenue.
Even at that very young age, I could see the potential in Paul. It was the mid-sixties.

 We stayed friends but hardly had a chance to meet after we moved house. When we got connected again, I discovered he had become a well-known singer and music personality, known by almost everyone. It was already past the year 2000.

My dear readers, here's PAUL IBRAHM, the  handsome music maker who was with so many Malay pop groups, they have become uncountable. Like the saying goes, if you're no good you're gone after one band. 

The photographs below are a tribute to him, as a good friend and an all-round professional Singapore music hero.

Thank you Paul, for being a friend.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri To All My Muslim Friends and Readers.

We welcome comments, thanks.

Tania and Zul

 Wat d Funk.

Foreign Policy
The Flybaits 

Paul is third from left with the swinging punch. 
Next to him [2nd right], is the late Dicky.

Man Kida, Malaysia's top guitarist of left-handed, 
bassist Hamid of Black Dog Bone.
Paul on the harmonica at the mike.

Atomic Power from Sabah, Serawak.

LA Chicago

Thunderstorm

With Tania and Zul.

Paul Ibrahm [back row, far right],
with The Velvetones.



Paul Ibrahm: Saxophone solo in the middle of video.

Blues Buat Teman 2014. Hard Rock Cafe KL.
Dato Ramli Sarip. YouTube Video by The Skapina.

Images: Copyrights Reserved: Paul Ibrahm.

Hari Raya Stories To Read Below:



Friday, April 29, 2022

Quotes From 1960s U.S., Elvis, Dino and 2020s Korean Pop Music Stars Black Pink

Singapore music blog expresses today's Blackpink and yesterday's Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe on posters.

Today:
Famous from 2016

Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo, Rose.
Today, this sensational Korean Pop group, 
catching billions, not millions of fans...


Yesterday:
Famous from 1950's

Dean Martin, an entertaining, humorous crooner,
jokes about Pat Boone, known for wholesome 
pop songs and evangelical shows.

Known for her sensuality, this lady 
hits the headlines with her cute quips.


The King, died at 44, so famous, today's 
grandchildren are familiar with his songs?

Watch the quality of both these video clips. 
Eye catchers! They beat all the odds. The Blackpink clip was done less than 5 years ago; the Monroe movie more than 50 years ago. 
But both musicals remain just as entertaining and catchy.
BLACKPINK - '휘파람 (WHISTLE)' M/V
youtube video from 'blackpink'

Marilyn Monroe: Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
YouTube Video from Till Rye.
Thank You, Till Rye.
A very attractive and stylish video, indeed.


 Images from Google and coordinated using Collage App.
All images will be credited soon.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Lawrence Wong: Our Future PM Plays The Guitar & Sings

"He's good on the guitar and a natural on stage!"  It's the general remark among some Singapore music makers, that he could probably make a living as a music maker. That's Lawrence Wong, the presumptive Prime Minister of Singapore, actually a pop star already on the political stage.

It was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in mid-April 2022 that Finance Minister Wong would lead the 4G team and become the next PM in succession if the party wins the next election. 

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But mine isn't a political blog so the focus will be on his ability to sing and play the guitar. Let's hope he carries on doing so.

He not only sings Western pops but does justice to the Chinese songs too.

There will be a few postings on Mr. Wong. So watch out for them.


Lawrence Wong accompanies on guitar,
 'Everyday I Have The Blues'
YouTube Video by Desmond Khoh.

Before Lawrence Wong there was Tan Soo Khoon, 
another rockin' politician who plays the guitar and sings Elvis.

To read about Tan SK connect below:


Images from Google and YouTube.

The Greatest Pop Stars Who Came To Singapore: Johnnie Ray: Part 1.

pix from:

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Before rock and roll there was John Alvin Ray (1927-1990) American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Popular for most of the 50s and 60s, he was one of the major predecessors of the rockabilly craze, in fact, paving the way for Elvis' hyperactive movements on stage. 

Just as popular in Singapore, Johnnie Ray's records, some in the 78rpm format, sold very well on the island. Many local singers in the early 60s imitated Ray and Robert Song was one of them. It was well-known that Johnnie Ray was deaf because of an accident and had affected him emotionally but he was an attraction on stage and sang his songs with much fervor and feel. He had a movie role with Marilyn Monroe too [image below]. He died of liver failure in 1990.

Ray's song, Cry, with The Four Lads, (1951) made him famous as radios became a common household item in Singapore. Then came, All of Me (1952), Hernando's Hideaway, Alexander's Ragtime Band, As Time Goes By, (1954), Just Walkin' in the Rain (1956) - with a whistling introduction and accompaniment, Who's Sorry Now (1956) - more poignant than the Connie Francis version and Yes, Tonight Josephine (1957) - for me, his swan song.
Johnnie Ray in Concert.
YouTube Video by: John1948SevenC

These songs were hits in Singapore and Ray was just as famous in the UK and Australia. Such A Night, recorded in 1954, was also covered by Elvis Presley on his 1960 album, Elvis Is Back. Johnnie Ray was a singing idol in his days and, on a personal list, is placed above Frank Sinatra.

On May 15th, 16th, 17th, 1967 when he was 38 years old, he was in Singapore for a two night concert. He also visited the Singapore Association for the Deaf at Mountbatten Road. He was also interviewed by the press at Hotel Singapura.
Pix from Randy Lee [Stylers rhythmist: 4th left]
copyrights reserved.

There was even a Johnnie Ray of Singapore. Robert Song [image 3rd left], who used to work in one of the more prominent movie businesses here, sang like Ray, performing the popular evergreens on stage. He was accompanied by the famous Stylers and Checkmates during his later years, a unique combination indeed, considering that these bands were guitar groups. But like Song, the Stylers and Checkmates were versatile teams indeed.

Song also played well on percussion instruments like the conga, bongos and maracas, showing off his impeccable style that was the attraction those years, donned immaculately in bow tie and a dark suit. I guess they were tailored to fit, the band and Singapore's Johnnie Ray.
Before Elvis there was Johnnie Ray

Influence/Influencers:

Now, hopefully, some readers can understand why the word Influence is used in the title to this blog. We had so many influences before even today's influencers came on the scene. 

Johnnie Ray acted in this movie
with Marilyn Monroe. The other
stars were top guns those years.

Original article: by Andy Lim. 
Don't copy. Do your own stuff or at least credit my ideas. Thanks.

Johnny Ray In Concert.
YouTube video: from Johnny Ray.
Best 40 minutes ever to know Johnnie
and his unique antics on stage as he sleeps on the piano
and cries and covers his head with his jacket.
Ray and Marilyn Monroe in the movie
Read the interesting chat with Irene Hoe, ex-journalist in Singapore when Johnnie Ray ordered food in a restaurant - Click Comments below:

Friday, April 15, 2022

Passion Week: Leonardo Da Vinci's "Jesus' Last Supper": Salt Covenant.


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Explaining the Covenant of Salt which
symbolises the honesty and loyalty 
of a friendship that cannot be broken.

Dear Andy,

Thank you for inviting me again. Last year, I think we reflected on how our Lord Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday instead of a horse.

However, this Passion Week reminded me of an old painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Some years ago, I realised with surprise that Leonardo knew of an important Hebrew Salt Covenant in the Bible that was reflected in this famous work. The clue came when one asked who is Judas in the picture. Judas is normally identified as the 4th person from the left. Why? Note there is spilled salt in front of this person.

Two Scriptures on Salt Covenant can be found in Leviticus 2:13: Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings. 2 Chronicles 13:5 : Don't you know that the LORD, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a covenant of salt?

How was the Covenant of Salt practised in ancient times?

In the past, it was customary for men to wear a pouch of salt tied to their belts. In the olden days, a man’s spoken words were highly valued and had to be kept at all costs. If there is any importance in their words of contract or promise, they will exchange salt. So grains of salt would become one when mixed together.

What if the men want to break the contract?

One would have to retrieve one’s grains of salt from each pouch and return them. Of course, this is an impossible task. 

Hence it was understood the Salt Covenant is for eternity; it symbolises loyalty and honesty of a friendship that cannot be broken. In ancient times, men would pay special attention to when and where they ate … certainly no passing of salt containers. Salt may also represent blood and life. It was envisioned as dangerous to give away salt to a stranger lest one put one’s life in the power of the enemy.

In Matthew 5:13 (Luke 14:34-35), Jesus said if we lose our saltiness, we are worthless; He is effectively saying we break our Salt Covenant with Him. When Christians break our covenants, the world no longer sees a covenant-keeping God. Instead they may see a religious social club, a powerless church without God.

The Psalmist once said: (Psalm 25:12 -14) Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD ? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. The LORD confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.

'Great is thy faithfulness'.
YouTube video by Dutchforward.

But when did we Christians make Covenant with Lord Jesus ?

At the Holy Communion table in church where we remember our Lord, Jesus. There is salt in the bread as it is used to inhibit the yeast during breadmaking. Without salt, the yeast will go wild consuming all the sugar that may be available in the dough from enzymatic activity.

1 Corinthians 11:25-17: In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.

Leonardo Da Vinci seems to cast Judas as a spiller of salt who abuses his friendship with Jesus. John 15:15: I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

A final thought.

Many years ago, I was naïve to wonder why this week is called Passion Week … what is so passionate or romantic about Jesus' crucifixion? Then I realised that passion is the Latin word for suffering. Every person can be Jesus’ friend by believing in His resurrection at Easter.

Keep in touch, God bless you and your family with good health and an enjoyable Easter.

Best Regards,

Phil.

Do leave a comment below if you wish. Thank you.

Written by A/Prof. 
Dr. Phil Chan [NUS]. 

Special thanks to Phil for taking time during his very busy teaching schedule to write for the blog. His dedication to both his university work and the Christian faith is remarkable as he takes much effort to achieve what he wants with confidence, seriousness and... humility.

Remember Good Friday.
A Happy Easter To All.

Near The Cross.
The most beautiful Easter hymn.
YouTube Video by: Rosemary Siemens.

Both hymns were selected by PHIL.