Like The Silver Strings, most of the bands from the 60s are just as good if not better than many of the groups from elsewhere but they are seldom showcased and many of them do not have the opportunity to entertain an audience that still yearns for golden oldies.
While some of our musicians may be playing at private clubs, functions and shows, others are not actively involved at all. Singapore's pioneers of pop music must not be left to lose themselves in the mayhem of modern society.
Bring back our seniors and allow them avenues where they can walk tall and straddle their guitars again. Shirley Nair, *Dickie Tan (image above), Sonny Bala (Moonglows) and Masrof (Drummer - Sweet Charity) are some of the musicians that have passed on. If nothing is revived now then it'll be 'too late for tears'.
"If you want it here it is come and get it, you'd better hurry cause it may not last... (Badfinger)"
*Dickie Tan (2nd right) replaced David Chan as lead guitarist for the above recording by The Silver Strings.
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(Image: Audie Ng Collection)