My interest in P. Ramlee dated back to the mid 50s when I watched movies produced by Shaw Brothers. My diet of Siput Sarawak, Neng Yatimah, Momo Latiff, Sit Tanjung Perak, S. Kadarisman and Omar Rojik holds strong even till today.
Then when P. Ramlee came along as Penarek Becha with his gang of Bujang Lapok I was fascinated with this man who composed, directed and even acted in his own movies.
The evergreens in these two LPs may interest some readers who want to listen to this great man. Like John Lennon said, "Before Elvis there was nothing." Likewise in Malay pop music in Singapore and Malaya, "Before Ramlee, there was nothing."
Getaran Jiwa is P. Ramlee, one of the best songs composed by him. Together with S. Sudarmaji, other songs that are pleasant to listen and meaningful would be Barang Yang Lepas Jangan Di Kenang, Sabar, Kesah Rumah Tangga and Sepanjang Riwayat Ku.
He has his humorous side too and Aci Aci Buka Pintu (one of my favourites), Lanang Tunang Ta Jadi (by Kassim Masdor and my good friend Yusnor Ef), Ai Ai, Ai Twist, Sabarudin Tukang Kasot, Ting Tara Tilalla and Nujum Pa'Belalang would put anyone, who understands Malay, in stitches!
LP Reference: EMI/Regal: SREG 9801/2.Image/original article: Andy Lim Collection.