SINGAPORE 60's: ANDY's POP MUSIC INFLUENCE IS MY PERSONAL MUSIC AND MEMORY TRAIL. PICTURES TELL STORIES BUT I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO YOU TUBE VIDEOS, AUDIO TRACKS OR IMAGES. THEY HAVE BEEN UPLOADED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES SO INFORM ME IF COPYRIGHTED AND THEY WILL BE DELETED. ANDY LIM (NOVEMBER, 2008).

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Paul Anka Of Singapore: Avenue Of Fun Part 2

Image from 'The Straits Times' Singapore 13 December 1959
Because I loved singing on stage, I participated in the *Singapore's Paul Anka competition in December 1959 (image 1).  Luckily for me I won the contest. The win allowed me to break into the music scene but I only wanted to sing as a non-professional. I was already earning my keeps as a teacher and did not want to jeopardize my position going into something as unstable as a music career.

Beside the very large trophy I received (image 2), the products, vouchers and cash that came with the title were all worthwhile. It was exciting for me but I never had the intention of using the title again after winning the contest. But the win was a ticket to Singapore's entertainment world which I thought was something worthwhile since I was only 19 years young.

I must admit I can only sing in my own way and I will never ever try to imitate other top Hollywood stars like Paul Anka again.  Aping the west was also the in-thing in the 60's but I have never been able to accept this idea. To be honest, I like only a few of  Paul Anka's earlier songs, maybe Diana, My Hometown and I Love You Baby.

When the leader of the Silver Strings Audie Ng asked me to join the band after meeting me during practice with the Velvetones I agreed and had great moments fronting them for about two years but since I had my own career I was not able to sing full time at entertainment venues nor make vinyl recordings. I decided to quit and I had never regretted leaving this avenue of fun and games.

I took the academic path and ended up with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and a Master's in Applied Linguistics, teaching the subject at high school and later at NUS and NTU. 

Music for me is only a hobby. But teaching in schools and at the universities, ah that's another thing.  Now I only want to write about my experience and about pop music.
Singapore Pops 60s Title Holders (advertisement from Straits Times Press)
In June 2008 I met Audie Ng again and he asked me to sing "for the fun of it and for charity". He was referring to the VivoCity Pop 60's music meet in November that year. I took a while to decide after refusing him a few times but since the show was to help needy school children I agreed. 

Read Part One:

http://singapore60smusic.blogspot.sg/2008/11/i-was-interested-in-music-since-my.html

*Information: Siva Choy, of Cyclones vocal group fame and composer of Why You So Like That said, "I took part in the All-Singapore-Paul Anka-Singing Competition. This must have been in 1960 or '59. I got as far as the semi-finals and then I got knocked out. That was a great experience (Legends of Golden Venus - pg: 15 Times Edition 1999, JPereira)."


Image 1 from Straits Times Archives 13.12.1959.
Image 2 from Andy Lim Collection.

1 comment:

rogerpoh said...

Wow, big trophy? Must show it to me one day.