Tuesday, January 19, 2010

(4) Who Wears Short Shorts... At A Wake???


"Photo 2: Alfred Choo, the future international lounge pianist is at the keyboard. **Didn’t know the girls were already in hot pants back in the early 1960s. Back then we boys were curious whether the girls wore anything below that short chinese blouse.

The stage was the former Cultural Centre Center at Fort Canning, now demolished and replaced by the one presently at the rear of the National Museum (circa 1962).

Funny thing though, my late grandmother was roped in to cut and sew the costumes. Where’s the connection? She came from Toi Shan County, China to marry my grandfather in the 1910s.

Lucky for us, she brought with her to Singapore plenty of chinese culture; she knew everything about the clothes and style of yesteryears, intricate Chinese buttons, pretty samfoo and unique pig-tails. She also knew the feminine art of using a hand fan. If you look at the photos, you find the boys and girls dressed up in various Chinese outfits.

Alfred Choo, the senior student of Foorman’s was the Music Director. Choo later became a top-notch hotel pianist in Hong Kong’s Peninsular Hotel and at the Marco Polo Hotel in Singapore."

Original article/image: Peter Chan.

Note from Blogger: They were wearing hot pants since the 50s, Peter!

**Short Shorts (1958) by The Royal Teens [Spoken:] Ooh man, dig that crazy chick/Who wears short shorts/We wear short shorts/They're such short shorts/We like short shorts/Who wears short shorts/We wear short shorts. [Repeat 2x]


Victor said...

Wah, sexy dressing indeed! Now only if the photos were a little bigger. :p

Haha, I just realised that the word verification required to post this comment is "ungerie". Looks like "lingerie" doesn't it? How appropriate for this post!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

It has been made much bigger for you Victor, no difference though.

I couldn't go further into the 'ungerie' department because this blog is read by students too. Furthermore I had to relate the posting to 60s music, so we have the songs from 'FDS' and the 'Short Shorts' song.

Roger said...

Must have kept you much preoccupied back then!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

'Flower Drum Song'and other movies with an oriental theme were popular those days, especially after the GIs 'discovered' the East again.

Another popular movie then was, 'The World Of Suzie Wong' with its evergreen, 'Ding Dong Song' by Tsai Chin.

The west has opened its eyes since.