The Surfers (image) pressed many vinyl EPs with EMI in the mid 60s and were successful as recording artistes. In 1968 they became October Cherries and recorded under BAAL, their own label.
Peter Diaz ( in brown), lead guitarist and singer of the band, was interviewed by The Straits Times in Singapore on February 26th, 2009 and was asked about busking. He explained, "Street busking was the one thing I never did in my life-long career in music. It's quite challenging, since there's no ready audience, or script or microphone. You really have to deliver the goods as well as connect with the audience."
Peter had started busking in town and remarked that with the downturn in the economy, the situation was depressing and gloomy but music "might take their minds off things."
He is well known in Singapore's music circle and has a blog of his own. As The Straits Times mentioned, Peter played with rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, ('Breathless', 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On', 'Great Balls Of Fire'), in the West.
So come on everyone, let's give Peter Diaz some support when you see him on the streets of Singapore. Stop, look and listen because he's really great! And don't forget to contribute.
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