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).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pop Yeh Yeh Melayu 60an - The Swallows

Picture from a souvenir magazine: 

Andy Young fronted the original Swallows at the Adelphi Hotel for the above show in the early 60s.

I couldn't remember for the life of me when this show took place but I remember it was in the mid 1960's when The Swallows first started off, before their big hit La-A-Obe and recording contracts. It was the most iconic song for Kassim Selamat and the group.

Famous or otherwise, The Swallows were a group of dedicated Baweanese boys who did so well with their stage performances, appearances and recording contracts because they were a hard-working lot.

They knew their guitar strums and drum strokes like they knew their own heartbeats. The boys were a dedicated lot, close to themselves, their cause and their love. Because of them, the recordings that they did in Baweanese  have now become a treasure trove and also learning lessons for the language.

As one newspaper puts it, The Swallows, have turned from pop sensation to unlikely language tutor. The other two Singapore bands with similar background were The Cliffters and Jaffar O.

Edited article: Andy Lim.

4 comments:

rogerpoh said...

Beautiful lines. We thought the days would never end but sadly they have whizzed by and now...

Andy Young* said...

Thank you sir. Father Time waits but we must make the most of our days on earth. Listening to great music by local artistes is one way. Hope you will contribute articles to this blog one day.

Appreciate.

Anonymous said...

Saudara Andy, u hebat lah! Wah, u dulu groovy dan terror. (Osman)

Anonymous said...

Bukan terror tapi suka sekali menyanji.